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Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)

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Great leaders and expert practitioners never stop learning. Designed for ambitious policy professionals, The International School for Government’s (ISfG) Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) helps you hone your skills and grow as a leader in governance and policymaking. You’ll learn from world-leading academics and policy shapers whose expert insights give you fresh perspectives on the craft of governing, from policy evaluation to conflict resolution. Study fits seamlessly around your professional and personal life wherever you are in the world. Modules are delivered online for flexibility, complemented by 4 face-to-face teaching periods / residencies over the 2 years. We put a strong emphasis on applying learning to real-world situations, so your new-found expertise will be immediately relevant to achieving your goals and developing your career. You’ll also benefit from sharing experiences with your peers on residencies at international policy centres, in London and Geneva. Applicants to this EMPA will bring with them a wealth of previous expertise. The minimum requirements are 2:1 degree (or equivalent professional experience) and 5+ years of relevant experience. This approach ensures our EMPA cohorts can utilise and share their holistic professional expertise and experience, whilst cultivating an exceptional network of peers to draw on both during their studies and throughout their on-going careers. We’ve designed the EMPA to empower you to make a difference, giving you research insights and analytical skills, as well as understanding the practical application in the real world. After the course, you’ll be ready for the next phase of your career. You’ll know how to improve the craft of policy making and make a difference to communities locally, nationally and internationally.

Key benefits

  • Explore the craft of governing with support from world-class teaching from King’s academics and international policy practitioners
  • A blended programme of study to achieve EMPA in 2 years without taking a break from your career
  • Visit and learn within key public sector institutions through short residencies in the UK, and in Geneva where you’ll be hosted by the United Nations System Staff College, a strategic partner of ISfG
  • Learn flexibly and curate your own tailored curriculum with a choice from a wide range of elective online modules
  • Focus on upskilling and understanding the craft of governing with modules as diverse as Empathy and Emotion in Policymaking, to International Trade
  • Hone your knowledge and technical skills to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of policies in your own sector and organisation
  • Network and share experiences with a diverse cohort of senior policy professionals from across the globe

The EMPA provides you with excellent grounding in the latest thinking and best practice on public policy, delivered through innovative techniques and learning environments. The 2 year programme includes two core taught modules, plus two residency modules, each of which will be delivered in a blended format. The first core taught module ‘Policy practice: strategic design and delivery’ provides you with an overview of the policy cycle, traditional and contemporary approaches to policymaking and key challenges of the policy implementation and service delivery stage. This module affords advanced knowledge of the policy process. It provides understanding necessary to access the range of approaches and issues we consider when embarking on designing a policy and then implementing it in the ‘real world’. The second core taught module ‘Global Policy Challenges’ focusses on the policy issues generated beyond domestic boundaries which require a more joined-up international approach. The subjects and challenges to be explored on the module may include: technology, engineering and artificial intelligence (AI); climate change; working across levels of government nationally and internationally; the future of defence and security; globalisation, trade and investment, multinational corporations etc; terrorism and asymmetrical threats, such as pandemics. A distinguishing aspect of ISfG’s EMPA are two weeklong policy residencies over the two years with a view to gaining insight into the comparative policy process. You will spend one week in London every year for intensive teaching periods for the core taught modules. The first London-based residence will be delivered straight after the first core taught module in Year 1. The second international weeklong residence is in Year 2 and is based in Geneva where participants will be hosted by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) as a strategic partner of ISfG. The remaining teaching consists of a choice of elective online modules. To match your learning with your professional interests and ambitions, you have the freedom to pick from 26 online modules. These cover a wide range of topics from public sector leadership to international conflict analysis and resolution. The EMPA is concluded by a final capstone project, which can be developed in consultation with both King’s academics and your own organisational colleagues, in order that the project is relevant and impactful academically, professionally and personally.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

The programme is delivered in a blended format combining guided and interactive online learning, intensive teaching blocks in UK (one week during Year 1 and one week during Year 2) and residencies (one week in UK during Year 1 and 1 week in Geneva in Year 2).

Throughout the programme, you’ll receive support from a range of policy experts, academics and practitioners who will relate your new skills to present policy challenges. Learning from your peers is also a key part of the course, which is why we make sure students have a similar level of experience.

Our teaching will heavily focus on applying conceptual and theoretical frameworks to the day-to-day professional challenges you and your peers experience. You’ll learn through face-to-face lectures, seminars, online modules, discussion forums, and weekly webinars.

This framework for student-centred and work-oriented learning, ensures a greater depth and/or breadth of knowledge is acquired through a combination of teaching and learning activities. The Executive Masters thus focuses on applied and contextualised learning. Students are facilitated at every stage and by a range of policy experts, academics and practitioners to relate new knowledge and skills to your own experiences in the workplace.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Presentations

Learning outcomes - skills and knowledge development - are assessed. Assessment methods are specified for each module. The nature and content of coursework varies between modules, but usually consists of different combinations of an open-ended essay question, case analysis, reflective journal, or presentation - all designed to provide students with scope to develop and demonstrate the extent of their knowledge and understanding. Detailed diagnostic feedback on coursework is given on an individual basis.

All students also undertake a capstone project of 12,000 words.  This is central to the assessment of the student’s understanding of the taught modules.  The content of these will inform the topic. It will also identify and apply appropriate research methods, integrate and evaluate current knowledge appropriately, and present sound critical judgements based on original work. The capstone project includes a module on research design and methodology providing students with key knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and the logic of research design.

Structure

Required modules

The programme is divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits as outlined below. The programme structure includes the following:

  • Policy practice: strategic design and delivery (15 credits) (at Kings Campus)
  • UK Residency (15 credits) (in the UK)
  • International Residency (15 credits) (in Europe)
  • Global Public Policy Challenges (15 credits) (at Kings Campus)
  • Capstone project including a research design and methodology element (60 credits)
  • Working Internationally (5 credits) (online)

Optional modules

In addition, students choose 55 credits from a range of 26 elective online modules. Examples of modules include:

  • User-Centred Digital Government (5 credits)
  • Public Sector Leadership (5 credits)
  • Policy Analytics: Understanding and Using Data (5 credits)
  • International Conflict Analysis and Resolution (5 credits)
  • Embracing Uncertainty. Policymaking in turbulent time (5 credits)
  • Behavioural Insights and Government Policy (5 credits)
  • Foresight and Horizon-scanning (5 credits)
  • Learning What Works (Policy Evaluation) (5 credits)
  • Communication, Media and Public Policy (5 credits)
  • Anti-corruption and the Rule of Law (5 credits)
  • Understanding Multi-Level Government (5 credits)
  • Ethics, Leadership and Governance (5 credits)
  • Empathy and Emotion in Policymaking (5 credits)

Each 5-Credit module is taught over four weeks, including 3 live webinars.

Please Note: the elective modules available change each year and the full range is only made accessible to enrolled students during the module allocation process. Options may vary at short notice, according to availability.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

To study this course, you’ll need to already be a mid-career or senior executive professional working within the policy landscape as a public servant, within the third sector, or within a private sector organisation working closely with governments.

To help you move forward in your career and create an impact, we will help you:

  • Develop soft and hard skills needed for success working in or around government
  • Boost your digital literacy skills by introducing and critically analysing digital innovation in government
  • Put citizens at the heart of policy making with tools and insights from behavioural economics, science, and psychology
  • Cultivate a network of peers across the international policy landscape

Throughout the programme, we encourage you to regularly reflect, apply your learning while studying and discuss your experience with peers in webinars and seminars

Tuition Fees

UK:

Part time: £15,675 pa for 2022/3 and 2023/4. The total fee for the two-year programme is £31,350.

International:

Part time: £15,675 pa for 2022/3 and 2023/4. The total fee for the two-year programme is £31,350.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £1500 to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

For further information, please visit the fees and funding section of our website: .

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Travel and accommodation costs for face-to-face teaching. This includes two residences, one in the UK and one Geneva and two core modules in London (please note that the first core module will be combined with the UK-based residence. So there will be one trip to London during the first year plus a total of two trips during the second year, one to London and one to Geneva)
  • Graduation costs
  • Costs may be incurred for dissertation work if fieldwork materials are needed for the chosen study topic, but such work is not mandatory and would not impact academic success if an alternative approach to dissertation research is taken.

Funding

The EMPA provides you with excellent grounding in the latest thinking and best practice on public policy, delivered through innovative techniques and learning environments. The 2 year programme includes two core taught modules, plus two residency modules, each of which will be delivered in a blended format. The first core taught module ‘Policy practice: strategic design and delivery’ provides you with an overview of the policy cycle, traditional and contemporary approaches to policymaking and key challenges of the policy implementation and service delivery stage. This module affords advanced knowledge of the policy process. It provides understanding necessary to access the range of approaches and issues we consider when embarking on designing a policy and then implementing it in the ‘real world’. The second core taught module ‘Global Policy Challenges’ focusses on the policy issues generated beyond domestic boundaries which require a more joined-up international approach. The subjects and challenges to be explored on the module may include: technology, engineering and artificial intelligence (AI); climate change; working across levels of government nationally and internationally; the future of defence and security; globalisation, trade and investment, multinational corporations etc; terrorism and asymmetrical threats, such as pandemics. A distinguishing aspect of ISfG’s EMPA are two weeklong policy residencies over the two years with a view to gaining insight into the comparative policy process. You will spend one week in London every year for intensive teaching periods for the core taught modules. The first London-based residence will be delivered straight after the first core taught module in Year 1. The second international weeklong residence is in Year 2 and is based in Geneva where participants will be hosted by the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) as a strategic partner of ISfG. The remaining teaching consists of a choice of elective online modules. To match your learning with your professional interests and ambitions, you have the freedom to pick from 26 online modules. These cover a wide range of topics from public sector leadership to international conflict analysis and resolution. The EMPA is concluded by a final capstone project, which can be developed in consultation with both King’s academics and your own organisational colleagues, in order that the project is relevant and impactful academically, professionally and personally.

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

The programme is delivered in a blended format combining guided and interactive online learning, intensive teaching blocks in UK (one week during Year 1 and one week during Year 2) and residencies (one week in UK during Year 1 and 1 week in Geneva in Year 2).

Throughout the programme, you’ll receive support from a range of policy experts, academics and practitioners who will relate your new skills to present policy challenges. Learning from your peers is also a key part of the course, which is why we make sure students have a similar level of experience.

Our teaching will heavily focus on applying conceptual and theoretical frameworks to the day-to-day professional challenges you and your peers experience. You’ll learn through face-to-face lectures, seminars, online modules, discussion forums, and weekly webinars.

This framework for student-centred and work-oriented learning, ensures a greater depth and/or breadth of knowledge is acquired through a combination of teaching and learning activities. The Executive Masters thus focuses on applied and contextualised learning. Students are facilitated at every stage and by a range of policy experts, academics and practitioners to relate new knowledge and skills to your own experiences in the workplace.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Presentations

Learning outcomes - skills and knowledge development - are assessed. Assessment methods are specified for each module. The nature and content of coursework varies between modules, but usually consists of different combinations of an open-ended essay question, case analysis, reflective journal, or presentation - all designed to provide students with scope to develop and demonstrate the extent of their knowledge and understanding. Detailed diagnostic feedback on coursework is given on an individual basis.

All students also undertake a capstone project of 12,000 words.  This is central to the assessment of the student’s understanding of the taught modules.  The content of these will inform the topic. It will also identify and apply appropriate research methods, integrate and evaluate current knowledge appropriately, and present sound critical judgements based on original work. The capstone project includes a module on research design and methodology providing students with key knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and the logic of research design.

Structure

Required modules

The programme is divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits as outlined below. The programme structure includes the following:

  • Policy practice: strategic design and delivery (15 credits) (at Kings Campus)
  • UK Residency (15 credits) (in the UK)
  • International Residency (15 credits) (in Europe)
  • Global Public Policy Challenges (15 credits) (at Kings Campus)
  • Capstone project including a research design and methodology element (60 credits)
  • Working Internationally (5 credits) (online)

Optional modules

In addition, students choose 55 credits from a range of 26 elective online modules. Examples of modules include:

  • User-Centred Digital Government (5 credits)
  • Public Sector Leadership (5 credits)
  • Policy Analytics: Understanding and Using Data (5 credits)
  • International Conflict Analysis and Resolution (5 credits)
  • Embracing Uncertainty. Policymaking in turbulent time (5 credits)
  • Behavioural Insights and Government Policy (5 credits)
  • Foresight and Horizon-scanning (5 credits)
  • Learning What Works (Policy Evaluation) (5 credits)
  • Communication, Media and Public Policy (5 credits)
  • Anti-corruption and the Rule of Law (5 credits)
  • Understanding Multi-Level Government (5 credits)
  • Ethics, Leadership and Governance (5 credits)
  • Empathy and Emotion in Policymaking (5 credits)

Each 5-Credit module is taught over four weeks, including 3 live webinars.

Please Note: the elective modules available change each year and the full range is only made accessible to enrolled students during the module allocation process. Options may vary at short notice, according to availability.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

To study this course, you’ll need to already be a mid-career or senior executive professional working within the policy landscape as a public servant, within the third sector, or within a private sector organisation working closely with governments.

To help you move forward in your career and create an impact, we will help you:

  • Develop soft and hard skills needed for success working in or around government
  • Boost your digital literacy skills by introducing and critically analysing digital innovation in government
  • Put citizens at the heart of policy making with tools and insights from behavioural economics, science, and psychology
  • Cultivate a network of peers across the international policy landscape

Throughout the programme, we encourage you to regularly reflect, apply your learning while studying and discuss your experience with peers in webinars and seminars

Tuition Fees

UK:

Part time: £15,675 pa for 2022/3 and 2023/4. The total fee for the two-year programme is £31,350.

International:

Part time: £15,675 pa for 2022/3 and 2023/4. The total fee for the two-year programme is £31,350.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £1500 to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

For further information, please visit the fees and funding section of our website: .

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Travel and accommodation costs for face-to-face teaching. This includes two residences, one in the UK and one Geneva and two core modules in London (please note that the first core module will be combined with the UK-based residence. So there will be one trip to London during the first year plus a total of two trips during the second year, one to London and one to Geneva)
  • Graduation costs
  • Costs may be incurred for dissertation work if fieldwork materials are needed for the chosen study topic, but such work is not mandatory and would not impact academic success if an alternative approach to dissertation research is taken.

Funding

Application closing date guidance

This programme will be opening for 2023 entry in October 2022. Application deadlines will be published then.

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