- 2–5 years
Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)
MSc in Public Policy and Management (2019 entry)
- Teaching and Learning
- Fees and funding
Start of programme: November / February / April / July
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
Successful managers, politicians and professionals running public organisations need to have a range of skills and knowledge and a critical awareness of the challenges facing them. These programmes offer both technical education and critical and comparative material about how the public sector and public sector finance is managed across the world.
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To find out more about this programme, including module details, fees and entry requirements, please visit the MSc Public Policy and Management section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
MSc Public Policy and Management
You will study six modules selected from the list below.
If you wish to complete the Dissertation you must study Research Methods.
- Decentralisation and Local Governance
- Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
- Financial Reporting (IPSAS)
- Human Resource Management and Development
- Managing Organisational Change
- Privatisation and Public Private Partenerships
- Project Appraisal
- Project, Programme and Policy Evaluation
- Public Financial Management: Audit and Compliance
- Public Financial Management: Planning and Performance
- Public Financial Management: Revenue
- Public Policy and Management: Development Assistance
- Public Policy and Management: Perspectives and Issues
- Public Policy and Strategy
- Regulation of Infrastructure and Utilities
- Research Methods
- The IMF and Economic Policy
Find out more
To find out more about this programme, including module details, please visit the MSc Public Policy and Management section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching & Learning
The MSc is made up of six modules. Each module is studied in one for four 10-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.
You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.
Before the start of each module you have enrolled on, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software.
To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.
For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.
Fees and funding
As a graduate of this programme you will be well prepared for senior positions in national and sub-national government sectors, international organisations, regional development and aid agencies, and NGOs.
A Student's Perspective
CeFiMS offered me a truly unique experience of top class education combined with an opportunity to achieve my full potential…
How to Apply
To make an application, please complete our online application form. For more information about the application procedure and deadlines, and the supporting documentation required, please visit the admissions section of the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.
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If you still have questions about this programme or studying at SOAS get in touch.
CeFiMS distance learning applications should be made through our online application form.