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UCL's School of Public Policy and NYU Wagner have created a unique partnership to offer the first truly joint degree designed for international civil servants. Read more
UCL's School of Public Policy and NYU Wagner have created a unique partnership to offer the first truly joint degree designed for international civil servants. The robust blend of theoretical and applied policy analysis and management studies is intended to provide a distinctive edge enabling public service leaders to function with many actors in a global environment to devise and implement strategies for change.

Degree information

Students will spend the first semester at NYU Wagner in New York City, the Spring Term at UCL and the summer in locations across the globe working on a client-based Capstone project. Core modules bridge cutting-edge concepts and skills in policy analysis, management, implementation, and facilitating change. Students will then select from the offerings of both institutions to craft an approach best suited to their specific needs.

Students undertake modules to the value of 150 credits (equivalent to 30 credits at NYU or 75 ECTS credits).

The programme consists of four core modules (two at UCL and two at NYU), four optional modules (two at UCL and two at NYU) and a Capstone project.

Core modules
Term One at NYU Wagner
-Global Public Policy Analysis Reform
-Institutions, Governance, and Public Sector Reform

Term Two at UCL
-Strategy and Organisational Change
-Policy Implementation

Optional modules - students select two from NYU Wagner and two from UCL. The below are suggestions.
Term One at NYU Wagner
-Design Thinking: A Creative Approach to Problem Solving and Creating Impact
-Global Health Policy
-Conflict Management and Negotiation
-International Economic Development: Government Markets
-International Development Project Planning
-Politics of International Development
-Sustainable Cities

Term Two at UCL
-Agenda Setting and Public Policy
-Policy and Regulation in Europe
-Human Rights: Accountability and World Politics
-International Trade Policy
-Law and Regulation
-Making Policy Work
-Public Management: Theories and Innovations

Capstone Project
All students undertake a Capstone group project which allows them to expand on their own experiences, knowledge and skills acquired through the programme to deliver a concrete task for a public services organisation. The project can be conducted at an international organisation in the EU or USA.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations and educational visits e.g. the British Library. Assesment is through examinations, essays and the Capstone group project.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are likely to find themselves moving across a variety of international public, not-for-profit and private sector institutions during their careers in executive positions.

Employability
Students will improve their ability to craft effective solutions to problems in the face of global and local policy and management challenges. They will learn to balance advantages of public and private sector actors; promote successful inter-governmental co-operation at all levels; more effectively link policy analysis with policy implementation; and broadly ensure that policy is meeting its intended objectives and improving public welfare.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Global Public Policy and Management Executive MPA is an innovative world-class programme. Unlike many public policy and management programmes which remain focused on the domestic environment, this Executive MPA promotes internationalisation of the curriculum, student body and locations.

The combination of policy and management change skills and exposure to the world of practice, will provide a substantial and pedagogically distinctive experience.

The programme fosters a strong community and provides learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom. These cohort-based events include tailored orientation sessions, a dedicated lecture series with inspiring leaders in public service, advisory sessions, and departmental activities. Students also benefit from a strong alumni network across NYU Wagner and UCL.

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What is the Master of European Politics and Policies all about?  . Looking for a career in the ever-growing field of European public administration and European organisations? The advanced MSc in European Politics and Policies (MEPP) programme is your foot in the door. Read more

What is the Master of European Politics and Policies all about?  

Looking for a career in the ever-growing field of European public administration and European organisations? The advanced MSc in European Politics and Policies (MEPP) programme is your foot in the door.

This programme combines academic excellence in the comparative study of public sector structures, policy-making and administration within Europe, with a concern for the practical challenges professionals in policy, administrative and consultative functions face at the sub-state, state and EU level. MEPP has an explicit European and comparative orientation, which includes the study of institutions, decision-making and policies of the European Union on the one hand, and the analysis of convergence and divergence of public sector problems and solutions in European Countries on the other hand. 

Structure

This one-year, postgraduate programme has an explicit European and comparative orientation, which includes the study of institutions, decision-making and policies of the European Union on the one hand, and the analysis of convergence and divergence of public sector problems and solutions in European countries on the other. In promoting comparative approaches, MEPP not only seeks to strengthen cognitive capacities and analytical skills, but also to foster an open-minded attitude to diversity.

Interactive courses in small groups

Experience our excellent research-based education in a small and international student group, providing you all the opportunities for a rich learning experience. A specific focus is placed on the use of case studies; the emphasis is placed on how problems can be solved. Moreover, each class involves a considerable amount of self-study and assignments that are meant to help you assimilate the information presented quickly and effectively. Added value is created by giving attention to the practical challenges of professionals in policy, administrative and consultative functions.

An explicit European Policy and Public Administration programme

A strong core of compulsory courses acquaints you with the comparative study of public policies, administration and management in different member states and on the political dynamics of European integration itself. The rich variety of electives enables you to explore particular interests. You will gain necessary research skills, culminating in a dissertation.

International

EMPA

The MEPP programme is part of the wider European Master of Public Administration Network (EMPA). The following institutions are full partners of the MEPP programme:

  • Université de Genève (Switzerland)
  • Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary)
  • Universität Speyer (Germany)
  • Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (France)
  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Leiden University (The Netherlands)
  • Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
  • Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • Sciences Po Lyon (France)
  • University of Limerick (Ireland)
  • University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

MEPP students are offered the opportunity to continue the second semester of their study programme at one of the EMPA institutions listed above. They receive a travel reimbursement and are exempted from paying any additional registration fees. Successful students will be awarded an EMPA certificate, signed by both the home university and the partner institution. More information on the procedure for participation in the EMPA exchange programme can be found on our website.

Is this the right programme for me? 

To embark on the MEPP programme, you should have a solid background in and knowledge of the institutional developments and political processes in your home country, as well as those at the international and/or European level. In addition, you should show a genuine interest in comparative analysis and in the European integration process. We expect you to be open to diversity in the European context and to have excellent communicative skills in view of group work and academic writing of publications and reports.

The programme aims at developing students with the following profile:

  • As a comparativist, you will have the cognitive capacities and analytical skills to make a comparative study of public sector structures, policymaking and administration within Europe at the sub-state, state and EU level.
  • As a researcher, you will be able to analyse problems, specific to the public sector, with respect to its social and political context. Throughout the programme you will acquire the necessary skills for PhD research in political science and public administration.
  • As a Political/Policy Analyst, you will be able to independently analyse, evaluate and formulate suggestions on the basis of results of scientific research and theoretical insight on policy problems and developments. You will be trained as present-day or future practitioners in political, administrative or consultative functions in the public sector in Europe.

Career paths

This intensive, one-year MEPP experience is an ideal beginning to a career in European policy. Our graduates go on to pursue any number of interesting careers. They work in a wide variety of public service fields, at all levels of government (federal, local or regional) and in European and international institutions or interest groups. Graduates also find careers in non-governmental organisations, pressure groups and the private sector. The MEPP programme can also be considered as a preparation for PhD research in political science and public administration.



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This programme is offered through LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs and delivered by the Department of Economics and the Department of Government in collaboration with leading scholars from across LSE. Read more

About the Executive MPA programme

This programme is offered through LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs and delivered by the Department of Economics and the Department of Government in collaboration with leading scholars from across LSE. It provides a set of high-quality, interdisciplinary courses devised to meet the needs of government departments and public agencies worldwide for highly skilled and professional policy-makers. It also meets the needs of people working with governments in the private sector, for instance in consultancy regulated industries such as financial services, public-private partnerships, public affairs, media, non-governmental organisations and interest groups. The programme is designed for those in full-time employment.

Specifically it provides:
◾ study in the Institute of Public Affairs, drawing on faculty and institutional links from across the School to support and enhance LSE's public policy training
◾ a modular programme structure allowing students to study courses whilst engaged in full-time employment, through attendance at week-long intensive courses and long weekend (Friday - Sunday) Policy in Practice Workshop
◾ teaching by specialists who are at the forefront of research in public administration and policy-making
◾ interaction with senior-level practitioners responsible for the development and implementation of major policy initiatives
◾ a comparative, international and multidisciplinary environment with links to several specialist institutions partnered with the Institute of Public Affairs
◾ an interactive format that builds on the insights of an experienced, skilled and internationally diverse cohort

The choice of two week-long courses from a range of options allows flexibility to customise your curriculum. You may wish to develop new skills, pursue personal and professional interests, or add depth to existing knowledge. You will leave LSE with high-level knowledge and advanced skills which will empower you to master new challenges with your current organisation and expand your choice of career options.

The EMPA shares some classes with the Civil Service and LSE Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP), a sponsored degree programme for senior levels of the UK Civil Service. This allows EMPA students to benefit from the experience and insight of senior government decision-makers and for EMPP students to benefit from the diversity of experience in the EMPA cohort. The EMPA/EMPP peer network will provide support and inspiration throughout your professional career.

Applicants will be considered who have a good first degree from any subject background and substantial relevant work experience. We typically expect at least five years of work experience.

This programme requires either two academic references or one academic and one professional reference. The latter should be a reference from your most recent employer. If you graduated from your most recent academic study before 2010 (or before 2011 for applicants for 2016 intake) and no academic references are available, you may supply two professional references. It is in your interest to supply academic references wherever possible. In addition to this, we encourage you to supplement your application by uploading a CV.

Graduate destinations

LSE Executive MPA alumni will occupy positions in governments, international organisations, the private sector and think tanks around the world.

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