MSc. Public Policy and Management
Successful civil servants, NGO workers, politicians and their advisers all need to have a wide range of skills and knowledge to equip them to meet the constantly changing challenges of public policy and management. This includes the evolving interface between public agencies and the private voluntary sectors.
The MSc Public Policy and Management will equip you to manage programmes and advise on policy in a variety of settings. It covers the important topics that face the public sector globally. These include budgeting and taxation, information systems, human resource management, decentralization, privatisation, project appraisal, macroeconomic policy and the management of change. The programme includes an option to study research methods and write a dissertation based on your personal experience or on case studies in your place of work.
You should either have a good degree in finance, economics or another appropriate discipline (qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits), or an equivalent qualification and suitable relevant work experience.
You will choose eight core courses from those listed below. There is also the option to write a 10,000 word dissertation, subject to satisfactory completion of the Research Methods course.
- Public Policy and Management: Perspectives and Issues
- Public Financial Management: Planning and Performance
- Human Resource Management and Development
- Management Information and Information Systems
- Decentralisation and Local Governance
- Public Financial Management: Revenue
- Managing Organisational Change
- Project Appraisal and Impact Analysis
- Privatisation and Public-Private Partnerships
- The International Monetary Fund and Economic Policy
- Public Policy and Strategy
- Public Financial Management: Reporting and Audit
- Research Methods
As a graduate of this programme you will be well prepared for high positions in government, public service, international organisations and NGOs. Politicians, both national and local in various countries also study with the programme.
Duration Of Programme
A minimum of two calendar years; maximum registration of five years
Each course is assessed by:
- Two assignments
- A three hour examination held in the October examination period
Each assignment consists of compulsory questions or an essay-based topic, which should be answered in no more than 2500 words. Assignments and examinations are weighted 30:70
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