The MSc equips students to understand and evaluate policy options for organising and delivering high-quality Public Services. It combines study of theoretical concepts with analysis of real world policies and their lessons for managers and policy-makers.
Comparative and international in focus, the programme is suitable both for career professionals and for recent social science graduates. It is built around taught core modules, which include: Management of the Public Services; Economics of the Public Services; the Policy Process; Research Methods (quantitative and qualitative). Optional modules relate to specific Public Service areas, including Health; Education and Defence but also include in-depth modules on Human Resource Management; Strategic Management in the Public Services and Leadership and Innovation. You may take options from more than one area (some optional modules are provided by other Departments. Places on such non-departmental options may be capped).
There is an emphasis on effective provision of public services (including their evaluation), and on the lessons of the 'new public management'; by comparison, the MA in Public Policy emphasises the analysis and understanding of the political process.
Seminars are central to the course and focus on current research and policy implementation. They involve senior policy-makers and practitioners including individuals actively involved with current UK government policymaking. There is an active alumni network which organises events during the year, including seminars for current students.
Professor Alison Wolf
King's College London
Cross disciplinary Social Sciences; specialised pathways in Health and Education.
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Students are employed in a variety of Public Sector management and policy oriented positions and there is an active alumni network. Examples of past studentsí current occupations include: working in the policy and analysis section of a large London Embassy; health service management positions with responsibility for multi-million pound budgets; policy adviser to the chairman of a major transport organisation; becoming senior analyst in the Ministry of Industry and Trade of a developing country; member of a national legistrature; policy development for a large NGO; running a policy website. Students have usually progressed to higher level management positions and overseas students typically return home to new fast-track governmental and Public Service positions which build on their expertise.
Year of entry 2014