SOAS University of London

Global Engagement Directorate

SOAS - University of Washington Dual Masters

MSc in Public Policy, Finance and Management and a Global Masters in Public Administration

We offer an exciting opportunity to study a dual masters programme between SOAS and the University of Washington, based in Seattle, USA.

This programme provides students with a conceptual understanding of the core principles of public policy and public management and with the tools to apply knowledge to solve problems in the public sector. These competences and skills are extremely important to cope with the challenges that governments, public sector agencies, NGOs and businesses face on a daily basis. From migration to the eradication of poverty, from unemployment to the development of energy power, the many issues that societies encounter call for the capacity to analyse, understand, and formulate interventions to bring about improvements to challenging living conditions of people worldwide. The core modules of this programme provide students with the means to tackle issues of policy-making and implementation, strategy in the public sector, and managing organisational change.

Students can start their programmes of study at either institution and should apply to the institution where they wish to start their studies, clearly indicating that they wish to be considered for the dual degree.

The curriculum is structured into three equal parts: core courses, elective courses, and a thesis on a topic of the student’s choice completed with one-on-one faculty advising.

Core courses, which draw on examples and cases from Europe and across the world, include:

  • Public Policy & Management: Perspectives and Issues
  • Emerging Economy Finance
  • Innovation and Organisational change
  • Research Methods
  • Fiscal Governance, Budgeting and Performance
  • Public Governance, Accountability and Transparency

A broad range of electives, both in public policy and management and from across the universities, are available. They include public financial management-related courses, international human resource management, cross-cultural management, and macroeconomic policy and financial markets, and many others

About the University of Washington

The University of Washington is one of the world’s pre-eminent public universities. Ranked No. 14 in the world on the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities, the UW educates more than 54,000 students annually. Seattle is the Pacific Northwest’s largest city surrounded by breath-taking mountain and seaside scenery. Famous for its coffee and whale watching, it also has many cultural attractions including excellent museums, amazing architecture.

For more information about this course please contact Helen Foster – Head of Global Partnerships (hf3@soas.ac.uk)