MSc Public Policy and Management
Duration: 2-5 years
Entry Requirements: Minimum first degree with good grades in any subject equivalent to a UK upper second class honours
Start of programme: November / January / March / May / July
Mode of Attendance: Online Learning
The programme aims to provide 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 competencies and skills are extremely important to cope with the challenges that governments, public sector agencies, NGOs and businesses face nowadays. 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 the living conditions of the many. The core modules of this programme will provide you with the means to tackle issues of policy-making and implementation, strategy in the public sector, and managing organisational change.
Students must take 180 credits. These are composed of 120 taught credits comprising a core and optional modules and a 60 credit dissertation.
The MSc Public Policy and Management has three components of 60 credits each:
- Four core modules
- Four option modules
- Dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved topic
The 10,000-word dissertation is worth 33% of your final mark. During term 2 you will submit your dissertation proposal and be allocated an academic supervisor. Over the ensuing months, you should meet with your supervisor at least three times before the end of term 3 for guidance. The bulk of your dissertation will be written over the summer to meet the mid-September deadline.
Not all option modules are offered every year; please check your preferences with the Programme Convenor. Also note when selecting modules that these should be chosen in pairs, one in term 1 and one in term 2.
Part-time students over two years usually complete their core modules in the 1st year and their options in the 2nd year with their dissertation. Part-time students over 3 years will usually complete their core modules in year 1, option modules in year 2 and their dissertation in year 3.
- Public Policy and Management: Perspectives and Issues 15PFMC094 (15 credits) Term 1
- Public Policy and Strategy 15PFMC095 (15 credits) Term 1
- Managing Organisational Change 15PFMC089 (15 credits) Term 2
- Research methods in management 15PFMC062 (15 credits) Term 2
- Public Financial Management: Planning and Performance 15PFMC090 (15 credits) Term 2
- Public Financial Management: Financial Reporting (IPSAS) 15PFMC091 (15 credits) Term 2
- Public Financial Management: Revenue 15PFMC092 (15 credits) Term 1
- Macroeconomic Policy and Financial markets 15PFMC087 (15 credits) Term 1
- Public Financial Management: Audit and Compliance 15PFMC093
- Managerial Accounting 15PFMC088 - Not Running 2017/18
- International human resource management 15PFMC078 (15 credits) Term 1
About the School
SOAS University of London welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues.