Public Policy & Management




Part Time, Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
The Public Policy & Management programmes at King’s provide students with a common core and subject specialisms, with wide-ranging multi-disciplinary teaching and with input from active policy-makers and senior managers across the public services.

Students in a lecture
  • Courses on offer encompass policy formation and comparative public policy and political economy; public management and public sector economics; research methods and specialist study of specific public services including health and education.
  • The MA degree, based in the department of Political Economy, emphasises the working of the policy process in contemporary society
  • The MSc degree, based in the department of Management, emphasises service delivery and evaluation.
  • The two degrees share core and some option courses and activities; prospective students may choose one or the other, or may apply to the over-arching programme.
  • Regular and senior speakers from UK-based government departments, public sector bodies, NGOs and policy-making units who discuss the implementation and evaluation of Public Services policy.
  • Offers opportunities to select different Public Service areas for in-depth study, drawing on King's-wide expertise.
  • Combines in-depth treatment of underlying principles with practical applications, including People Management and Leadership, and with opportunities for the study of policy in comparative contexts.
Programme leader/s
Professor Ken Young (MA and overall programme); Professor Alison Wolf (MSc)
Awarding institution
King's College London
Cross disciplinary Social Science.
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Strand and Waterloo Campuses
Student destinations
Students are employed in a variety of Public Sector management and policy oriented positions and there is an active alumni network. Examples of past students’ 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
Offered by
Maughan Library