Enhance your career prospects and learn to make organisations work better with postgraduate studies in Public Management at Victoria's School of Government. Find out how to lead people and make change happen.
Become an effective public manager and build your ability to influence the strategic and operational direction of public sector organisations. Learn about governance and public sector reform, and how to manage budgets, finances and organisational capital.
Gain the knowledge and skills to design and implement innovative and effective programmes and services, including planning, service delivery and monitoring and evaluation.
As well as the Master of Public Management we have some shorter postgraduate Public Management qualifications. Depending on your goals you can opt for the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma and use them as stepping stones towards the Master's degree or build your capability by upskilling with these valuable courses.
Victoria is the only New Zealand university that is connected to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZOG)—so you know your qualification is of the highest standard.
Your lecturers are actively involved in public and non-profit service, exchanging ideas on key policy and management issues. They're connected to decision makers from local, regional and national government, giving you the opportunity to meet and learn from those in the know.
Be part of a school that attracts not only local professionals but a talented group of international students—many highly experienced employees of government organisations in their own countries. Take advantage of the diverse experience in public policy and public management these students take to the classroom—providing valuable insights and bringing the comparative perspective alive.
The MPM will give you the skills and capability to understand the theory and practice of public management and boost your performance as a manager.
Your studies will include:
The Diploma programme requires you do seven foundation and core courses and one more course of your choice, and Certificate students do four foundation and core courses.
Courses are delivered in a Block, Intensive or Weekly format.
These courses have 24 hours of structured class time, which are broken up into three separate days of six hours each. There are also six hours of structured class work, which may be delivered face-to-face or online.
These courses have a minimum of 24 hours' class time. They are delivered over four consecutive days, or two blocks of two consecutive days with about six weeks in between. Attendance is required on all course days.
Weekly courses take place during the standard university trimester periods. These courses are held weekly in the evening.
You can check the course schedules in the School of Government Postgraduate Prospectus. Whatever format your course is delivered in, you need to attend all of the classes to pass and to get the most out of your study.
The block format of the classes means you can fit your study commitments around your work and home life. If you're struggling at any time, just let us know—we want your study to be a success.
If you are studying fulltime you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–25 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full-time.
You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.
You can usually complete the Master of Public Management in three or four trimesters over two years, when studying full time. If you're studying part time, the MPM can usually be completed in six trimesters over three years.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management can usually be completed in four trimesters over two years.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Public Management is usually completed in two trimesters over one year.
Surrounded by Parliament Buildings, government offices and corporate headquarters, you'll benefit from the strong links the School of Government maintains with the industry.
Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues.
There will be opportunities to attend events, workshops, social functions and seminars such as the Student Learning Postgraduate Research skills sessions. You'll also have access to the the postgraduate student workspace on the 2nd floor of Rutherford House—make use of the spacious computer lab, meeting rooms, printer and small kitchen.
The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information on study at Victoria and provides a voice for you on campus.
If you're wanting a career or are already working in the government and non-government sectors, a Public Management qualification is a good choice.
You could find management work in central, local or regional government, in business, not-for-profits, consultancies and for iwi. You might also work as a researcher, advocate, campaign coordinator, lobbyist, strategist or planner.
A new approach to public relations
The Master of Professional Public Relations is a new degree that will give you an in-depth understanding of global PR theory and practice.
The Master of Professional Public Relations is an all-new degree that takes a global approach to public relations.
This new degree has been designed from the ground up to reflect the very latest research and practice. For example the PR analytics course will equip you with cutting-edge strategies and techniques for public relations measurement and evaluation. You will graduate confident in your knowledge of all the key trends necessary for future career success.
The MPPR Global Public Relations Management course includes a unique international study tour, taking you into the heart of one of the world’s largest PR agencies and their operations and client relationships globally. We are partnering with a large international public relations firm to deliver this experience. You will be required to undertake an international study tour as part of this programme, with costs covered by student fees. The 2017 trip will visit Melbourne, Singapore and London in accordance with course 219.720 Global Public Relations Management and subsequent project.
Your learning will comprehensively cover both the most recent public relations theory and provide practice-relevant instruction. A professionally-oriented qualification, the MPPR focuses on giving you a global, contemporary view of the field of PR and high-level skills you can either take back into a current PR-related senior role, or use them to take on a new role in the field.
Specific focus for your study will include areas like digital communications, global communications, PR analytics and reputation and risk management.
You can investigate more fully your specific area of interest in a research project of your choice in your final semester.
As well as more traditional classroom-based learning, you’ll take part in executive education-style intensive workshops. Online sessions, learning and forum debates with others on the course will also add to your real world insight into your peers’ issues and experiences (and solutions).
If you have experience in the field of public relations and are ready to be inspired about the potential for this field in New Zealand (and for your current employer), this qualification is for you.
Massey Business School is ranked in the top 2% of business schools globally.
Massey University’s business and management studies rank in the top 250 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.
The Master of Professional Public Relations utilises Massey’s world-leading expertise across a broad range of specialisations, including international business, ethics and humanities-related topics and statistics, all of which play an integral part in the PR spectrum. You will be learning from experts from within these fields.
We have the longest-running communication programme in New Zealand, the largest numbers of students in any university communication programme and the most options for communication-related study. Massey University’s graduates have a long-standing reputation for excellence in both theory and practice.
Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Professional Public Relations will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.
Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.