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Public Policy & Management MSc

UCAS code: N/A

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Whether you are a social science graduate or a working professional, the MSc in Public Policy & Management will provide the skills you need to evaluate & develop policy options for public services. Our course is an advanced interdisciplinary programme covering the management, organisation, funding, administration, and delivery of public services, with a focus on how policies are designed, developed, and implemented. You will develop key analytical skills and learn how to identify, tackle and solve problems relating to public service management, using appropriate methodologies and research techniques. This MSc offers the chance to explore key public service policy functions, such as public service organisation, health policy, economics, social entrepreneurship and leadership. We focus not just on political theory and economic analysis, but also on people management and organisation within public services, giving students a thorough and diverse base of knowledge and skills.

Key benefits

  • Comparative approach - we take a comparative approach to policy & management studies, emphasising comparisons between both the UK and international systems of government.
  • Comprehensive sector analysis - you will examine contemporary developments & advanced research relating not only to the traditional 'public sector' but also the voluntary, not-for-profit, or Third Sector (NGOs, charities, social enterprises).
  • Learn from practitioners as well as expert academics - we offer students the opportunity to discuss policy and implementation with experienced practitioners in the public policy field.
  • Work while you study - our course is specially structured for part-time students, so you can work and gain valuable experience while you study.
  • Exclusive pre-sessional courses - we have dedicated refresher courses in Economics, Maths and Statistics, available for students who have not previously studied these at an advanced level.

Our course is designed to teach you how to use social science skills to analyse public service organisations, funding & management, and professional practice in the public services. You will also develop a comparative and international perspective on the political & historical origins of the contemporary public & social services sector.

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

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

The total contact time for each 15-credit taught module is typically 20-30 hours. These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study. Each 15-credit taught also module has approximately 120-130 hours of self-guided learning time.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Assessment

    Throughout the degree students are assessed by a variety of methods, which include written examinations, coursework and individual or group projects and presentations for the taught modules. The dissertation submitted in September each year is worth 60 credits. Assignment feedback is provided within four working weeks of submission.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Full-time students will complete the course in one year. Part-time students should plan to take 60 credits of required taught modules in their first year and 60 credits of required dissertation in the second year. You are required to take:

    Short refresher courses in Mathematics & Economics (0 credits) – taken during Reading and Induction weeks
    Organisation & Management of the Public Services (15 credits)
    Economics of Public Management (15 credits)
    Research Methods in Public Policy & Management (15 credits)
    The Public Policy-Making Process (15 credits)
    Dissertation (60 Credits)

    Optional modules

    In addition, students take 60 credits from a range of optional modules which varies from year to year. The available options may include:

    Leadership in the Public Services (15 credits)
    Regulation and Accountability in the Public Services (15 credits)
    Social Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
    Key Issues in Health Policy (15 credits)
    Strategic Management (15 Credits)
    Internship Analytic Report (15 credits)
    People Management in the Public Services (15 credits)

    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

    Our course is designed to give students a range of options with regards to their career once they graduate. Many students are focused on careers within the public & social sectors, and the combination of both applied and theoretical study throughout the MSc gives you a lot of tools to succeed in the job market.

    Many of your peers on this course will be professionals within the public & social sectors, so you will have excellent opportunities to expand your network. We also have a thriving and engaged alumni community, further increasing your opportunity to network and learn from our past students.

    We also have a dedicated careers consultant for this course, who can provide support and help you define your potential career options throughout your studies. There are also a wide range of careers resources available to all our students, giving you the best possible chance of accessing the career you want once you graduate.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £13,380 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £6,690 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £23,460 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £13,920 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

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

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

     

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    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 and competitions
    • Library fees and fines
    • Personal photocopies
    • Printing course handouts
    • Society membership fees
    • Stationery
    • Graduation costs
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

    Funding

    Our course is designed to teach you how to use social science skills to analyse public service organisations, funding & management, and professional practice in the public services. You will also develop a comparative and international perspective on the political & historical origins of the contemporary public & social services sector.

    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

    We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

    The total contact time for each 15-credit taught module is typically 20-30 hours. These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study. Each 15-credit taught also module has approximately 120-130 hours of self-guided learning time.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Assessment

      Throughout the degree students are assessed by a variety of methods, which include written examinations, coursework and individual or group projects and presentations for the taught modules. The dissertation submitted in September each year is worth 60 credits. Assignment feedback is provided within four working weeks of submission.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Full-time students will complete the course in one year. Part-time students should plan to take 60 credits of required taught modules in their first year and 60 credits of required dissertation in the second year. You are required to take:

      Short refresher courses in Mathematics & Economics (0 credits) – taken during Reading and Induction weeks
      Organisation & Management of the Public Services (15 credits)
      Economics of Public Management (15 credits)
      Research Methods in Public Policy & Management (15 credits)
      The Public Policy-Making Process (15 credits)
      Dissertation (60 Credits)

      Optional modules

      In addition, students take 60 credits from a range of optional modules which varies from year to year. The available options may include:

      Leadership in the Public Services (15 credits)
      Regulation and Accountability in the Public Services (15 credits)
      Social Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
      Key Issues in Health Policy (15 credits)
      Strategic Management (15 Credits)
      Internship Analytic Report (15 credits)
      People Management in the Public Services (15 credits)

      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

      Our course is designed to give students a range of options with regards to their career once they graduate. Many students are focused on careers within the public & social sectors, and the combination of both applied and theoretical study throughout the MSc gives you a lot of tools to succeed in the job market.

      Many of your peers on this course will be professionals within the public & social sectors, so you will have excellent opportunities to expand your network. We also have a thriving and engaged alumni community, further increasing your opportunity to network and learn from our past students.

      We also have a dedicated careers consultant for this course, who can provide support and help you define your potential career options throughout your studies. There are also a wide range of careers resources available to all our students, giving you the best possible chance of accessing the career you want once you graduate.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £13,380 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £6,690 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £23,460 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £13,920 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

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

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

       

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      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 and competitions
      • Library fees and fines
      • Personal photocopies
      • Printing course handouts
      • Society membership fees
      • Stationery
      • Graduation costs
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is particularly important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

      King's College London is committed to the recruitment of students with the greatest academic ability and to maintain a diverse student population. In order to ensure a balanced international student population for our most competitive programmes, we have implemented the following deadlines:

      • The final application deadline for any students who are currently residing in mainland China is Friday 7 January 2022, 23:59 (UK time).

        Please note: if you reside in mainland China and apply for any of the above programmes after this deadline, your application will be automatically withdrawn, and you will not be eligible for an application fee refund.

      • Our first application deadline for any other applicants is on Friday 25 March 2022 (23:59, UK time). After this date, the programme will close at any point once it is full. If there are places still available, the programme will remain open until the final application deadlines below:

        Overseas (international) fee status: Friday 29 July 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Home fee status: Friday 26 August 2022 (23:59, UK time)

        Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline listed and we are unable to process any further offers because places are filled before the final application deadlines.
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