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International School for Government

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Overview

The International School for Government delivers an innovative approach to the professional development of those working in and around government.

Our stand-alone master's level modules are flexible, fully online and are designed for working professionals; allowing students to fit study around busy work schedules, ideal to enhance policymaking skills and CV. Our exciting range of modules offer both academic rigour and practical application. 

Find out more about modules available and sign up for more information here.

Key benefits 

  • Practical, real-world skills and knowledge of new models of governance applicable to your current role. 

  • Delivered 100% online, allowing students to fit study around busy work schedules. 

  • Content co-developed by King's academic experts and senior policy practioners from government and third sector organisations. 

  • Accreditation from one of the world’s leading universities. 

  • Unique opportunity to learn best practice from governments and peers around the world, whilst building a global professional network. 

  • Regular opportunities for live interaction with peers and tutors through weekly webinars and discussion forums. Practical skills from senior practitioners and high-profile guest speakers related to contemporary governance issues.

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Key information

Duration

Each module is four weeks long. 

Course format 

Fully online, including 3 x 1 hour weekly webinars.

This programme has been designed specifically for an online audience. It uses a range of interactive activities to support learning including discussion forums, online readings, interactive lectures videos and online tutorials.

 

Assessment 

Participation in online discussion forums, webinars and written or video assignments.

Study mode Distance Learning,Online/Distance learning,Part-time

Awarding institution King's College London

Contacts

Prospective applicants should complete the Request for Information form or click the 'Apply Now' button above to progress their application.


The International School for Government

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Course detail

Description

What our modules offer

Our modules teach both hard skills such as policy evaluation and softer skills such as political negotiation and the ability to listen to the citizen better. We believe the contemporary leader needs a high level of both hard and soft skills – expertise in policy analysis and digital technology, in addition to the ability to communicate, listen and disagree well, all combined with a nuanced understanding of the dynamics of power. For this reason all of our online modules cover the full range of skills, from design and delivery to listening and disagreeing well.

Our innovative modules are developed by leading King’s academics in partnership with digital entrepreneurs, politicians, policymakers, design experts and other practitioners, offering new perspectives and skills on how to govern. The modules uniquely blend academic rigour and practical application so best to equip public servants across the world. 

Our Modules

Learning What Works

User-Centred Digital Government

Robust Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty 

Approaches to Policymaking 

Empathy and Emotion in Policymaking

Communications, Media and Public Policy 

Ethics, Leadership and Governance

Participatory and Deliberative Governance

International Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Foresight and Horizon-Scanning in Policymaking 

Behavioural Insights and Policymaking

Advanced Parliamentary Theory and Practice

Why choose the The International School for Government?

The International School for Government is designed to equip policymakers and civil servants from across the globe to meet the challenges of the future, creating leaders capable of delivering the services that citizens expect today. The School focuses on the most pressing policy problems, ensuring that policy professionals are prepared with both the hard and soft skills necessary to understand how power, influence and change move through political circles.

Technology is rapidly transforming the relationship between governments and their citizens. The International School for Government offers policy professionals the opportunity to use this change to improve outcomes for citizens as well as to learn thought leadership from world-class King’s academics, practical skills from senior practitioners and best practice from governments around the world.

The International School for Government is one of five schools, along with the Policy Institute, which are part of the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King’s. The Faculty is a dynamic, diverse and interdisciplinary hub of scholarship, home to one of the largest university communities for social research and education in the UK.

Structure

Course Structure

The ISfG offers a suite of stand-alone four week modules. Students may choose one or more multiple modules from the list below. Details of module content can be found in the Course Detail section on the left hand side of this page. 

Learning What Works

User-Centred Digital Government

Robust Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty 

Approaches to Policymaking 

Empathy and Emotion in Policymaking

Communications, Media and Public Policy 

Key Models in Public Management: A Comparative Analysis

Understanding Political Leadership 

Advanced Parliamentary Theory and Practice 

The Economic Analysis of Public Policy 

Ethics, Leadership and Governance

Participatory and Deliberative Governance 

International Conflict Analysis and Resolution 

Foresight and Horizon-Scanning in Policymaking

Behavioural Insights and Government Policy

Understanding Political Leadership

iData: The Markets and Politics of Personalisation

Working Internationally

 

 

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 this course page for updates.

Fees and funding

£950 per module. Tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Career prospects

Our range of standalone credit Master's level modules are ideal for mid-career professionals looking to enhance their policymaking skills and CV.

Testimonials

Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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