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The fields of science communication and public engagement are currently enjoying unprecedented growth. Read more

The fields of science communication and public engagement are currently enjoying unprecedented growth. This is being driven by a greater need to demonstrate the impact of publicly funded research, the need for science to be valued, increased government scrutiny and a desire for a stronger evidence base for policy decisions. Many career opportunities are emerging at the interface between science and various stakeholder groups and ever more creative methodologies for science engagement are being explored.

Our part-time online distance learning programme provides an opportunity to gain a formal qualification in science communication without having to leave your job or move to a different location. You may elect to begin with the Post-Graduate Certificate in the first instance and then decide to study for a Diploma and/or a Master’s degree. You will engage with other students from around the world, from a variety of different academic and professional backgrounds and you will enjoy a rich learning experience while studying on the programme.

You will experience a variety of science communication and public engagement methodologies and issues. In the process, you will develop critical thinking and self-evaluation skills through reflective practice. Your learning in individual courses is transferable, ensuring interconnection across the programme, thus providing opportunities for deeper learning and for the application of key principles in different contexts.

The programme attracts students from across the globe, from a range of academic and professional backgrounds and provides a formal qualification for those working in science communication and public engagement or a conversion route for those interested in moving into this field.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

The programme can be studied to PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters level – if you are interested, in a formal qualification in science communication then sign up for our Post Graduate Certificate. You can then opt to continue to the Diploma and the Masters degree.

Year 1 (Certificate) - courses currently on offer include:

  • Introduction to Science Communication and Public Engagement
  • Science and Society A
  • Science and Society B
  • Principles and Practice in Public Engagement with Science
  • Science Education
  • The Role of Social Media in Science Communication

Year 2 (Diploma) - courses currently on offer include:

  • Dialogue for Science Communication and Public Engagement
  • Science, Policy and Practice
  • Science and the Media
  • Effective Exhibit and Programme Development
  • Creative Arts in Science Engagement
  • Principles and Practice in Public Engagement with Science

Year 3 (Masters)

  • Dissertation project.

Career opportunities

To address the need for effective science communication and public engagement with science, there has been a significant rise in opportunities available for professionals with the specialist knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to pursue roles at the interface between scientific research and public.

These roles can be found in, for example, Higher Education Institutions, Research Centres, Museums, Science Centres, Learned Societies and consultancies for democratic decision-making. Examples of specific roles are engagement managers, information and education officers, policy and knowledge brokers, in addition to the traditional science communicator role.



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Science and technology has a key role to play in modern global and regional issues. To deal with them, decision makers and the general public need to be able to make evidence based choices. Read more

Science and technology has a key role to play in modern global and regional issues. To deal with them, decision makers and the general public need to be able to make evidence based choices. The MSc in Public Engagement and Science Communication will equip you with the skills (both communication and critical thinking) to effectively and efficiently explain complex issues in a way that is appropriate and relevant to the audience. In doing so, you'll have the skills to collaborate more effectively and lead in your future career.

This MSc is a cross faculty programme that taps into the most creative elements of science, drama and English to create a course that challenges science graduates to become engaging communicators. Along with the fundamentals of science communication, you'll have the opportunity to work with creative writers, theatre performers, and journalists to help you explore the medium you're most comfortable with and interested in. You'll also have the opportunity to gain real world experience through a work placement.

Alongside the taught modules, you'll conduct a piece of research into science communication, with the support of an academic supervisor and our social scientists. You'll learn through doing, and assignments will be based on real science communication activities. If you choose to write, you'll be encouraged to publish; if you take the drama modules, you will also take to the stage. This programme gives you the freedom to explore your creative ideas, whilst being guided and supervised by experienced science communicators.

Study information

Experiential learning and authentic assessments are central to the programme. You will practice and develop through applying your knowledge and talents in real world settings.

From the outset of the programme, you will be expected to develop ideas for your own public engagement activities. First trimester modules underpin this by setting the historical and philosophical scene, the present scene and the evaluation of future activities. You'll study:

  • Practice and Principles of Science and Communication and Public Engagement
  • Science Reason and Values
  • Research Design and Methodology

The second trimester allows you to build on your plans and deliver them during placements or through your own initiative. Alongside these experiential modules, specific creative skill sets are developed via drama or creative non-fiction modules. Modules include:

  • Science Communication, Activity Design and Delivery
  • Public Engagement Through Applied Performance
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Public Engagement Placement

The final dissertation allows you to investigate aspects of your own or others public engagement activities through a piece of novel, independent and relevant research.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

This programme has been designed to enhance your profile, and make you more desirable by the traditional employers of science graduates.

Potential careers for skilled science communicators include journalism, teaching and broadcasting. However, communicators are employed by professional bodies, research councils, outreach teams in higher education and industry, visitors centres, politicians and festivals. Science communication also offers significant freelance work through festivals, school shows, journalism and broadcast media, making self-employment a serious and successful option for graduates.



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The field of science communication and public engagement with science is currently enjoying unprecedented growth. This is driven by a greater need to demonstrate the impact of publicly funded research, the need for research to be valued, increased government scrutiny and a desire for a stronger evidence base for policy. Read more

The field of science communication and public engagement with science is currently enjoying unprecedented growth.

This is driven by a greater need to demonstrate the impact of publicly funded research, the need for research to be valued, increased government scrutiny and a desire for a stronger evidence base for policy.

Many career opportunities are emerging at the interface between scientific research and various public groups.

You will experience a variety of science communication and public engagement issues and methodologies. In the process, you will develop critical thinking skills and self-evaluation skills through reflective practice.

The learning gained from one course is transferable to other courses, thus ensuring interconnection across the programme.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Academies.

Programme structure

This MSc is a twelve-month programme, divided into three semesters. The final semester consists of a choice of research-or practice-based project. Students also complete placements in an organisational setting.

Teaching methods contain a blend of lectures, individual and small-group activities, and practice-based sessions. Teaching styles will be designed to ‘model’ the practices in science communication and public engagement.

Compulsory courses

  • Science and Society
  • Principles and Practice in Science Communication and Public Engagement
  • The Role of Social Media in Science Communication
  • Science Education
  • Dialogue for Science Communication and Public Engagement
  • Science Policy and Practice

Placements

Students will also complete two placements in public engagement workplaces.

The University of Edinburgh has excellent links with many organisations and placement opportunities include: National Museum Scotland, Edinburgh International Science Festival and placements in policy and education.

Career opportunities

There has been a significant rise in opportunities available for scientists with the specialist knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to pursue roles at the interface between scientific research and the public.

These roles can be found in, for example, higher education institutions, museums, science centres, learned societies and consultancies for democratic decision-making.

Examples of specific roles include Engagement Managers, Information and Education Officers, Policy and Knowledge Brokers.



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IN BRIEF. Enjoy excellent job prospects in the growing field of science communication. This course is delivered in partnership with industry giving you the opportunity to tap into world-class professional networks. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Enjoy excellent job prospects in the growing field of science communication
  • This course is delivered in partnership with industry giving you the opportunity to tap into world-class professional networks
  • Access to state of the art MediaCityUK facilities during the course residential
  • A part-time only course
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

Over the last 25 years, science communication has expanded from a field of public intellectuals, celebrity scientists, broadcast media professionals and event producers to a global industry of ground-breaking artists, games developers, disruptive creators, radical curators, social entrepreneurs and citizen scientists. Developed in partnership with industry, this part-time, distance learning course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to take advantage of excellent job prospects in this growing field.

Studying this MSc will provide you with the opportunity to accelerate your career and become part of a worldwide community which is pushing the boundaries of science communication through new and emerging technologies. You will gain practical and transferable skills informed by theory, a creative portfolio and access to world-class professional networks to progress your career in science communication. You will become mindful of the ethical challenges that new communication systems might pose to achieving sustainable development goals for health and wellbeing, gender equality and communities.

Through a selection of specifically designed modules, you will learn about the importance of involving the public in the co-creation of citizen science projects, explore the increasing trend of locating science within festivals, examine how art and science come together to innovate, and explore digital storytelling strategies for communicating science. Additionally, you will investigate how science writing and journalism has changed in a digital era, and focus on contemporary matters of global concern in science communication. All modules aim for you to develop and enhance your public portfolio through a range of creative projects.

Science communication is an expanding field and, as such, there are many exciting career prospects working in science journalism, public engagement, events production, science publishing and within the media, to name a few. Our academics have strong networks in the field and, as the course is delivered in collaboration with industry experts and professional science communicators, you can be sure that the skills and knowledge you gain are those you need to forge a successful career in the field and stay ahead of the curve. This course aims to bridge the #scicomm digital skills gap in an era where digital fluency, critical thinking, and creative innovation make professionals stand out from the crowd.

COURSE DETAILS

This science communication masters focuses on the areas of communication, media management, public engagement, emerging technologies, global challenges, digital literacy and creative practice.

Features  

  • Course content reflects and connects your needs with industry trends  
  • Digital skills and emerging technologies focus  
  • Become part of a global learning community  
  • Connectivity and access to world-class facilities  
  • Co-delivery with industry practitioners  

Benefits

  • Learn alongside cutting edge researcher-practitioners  
  • Secure a global competitive edge and excellent employment prospects  
  • Gain real world, practical and problem solving experience  
  • Create a portfolio to showcase and help secure future work  
  • Access to a national and international peer and industry network

SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section.

EMPLOYABILITY

This science communication MSc is designed to equip the modern science communicator with the practical skills and theoretical grounding to carry out science communication, public engagement and policy roles in a wide range of institutions, from Universities to science festivals, museums and galleries to research funders, science and health charities, NGOs and science businesses spanning education, entertainment, PR/ advocacy and sustainable development.

Science communication professionals contribute to a wide range of industries including:

  • Media and creative industries;  
  • Science centres and museums;
  • Science education and outreach;
  • Research councils and policymaking.

Graduates could undertake roles (within these sectors and others) such as:

  • Broadcast, Media and Entertainment;
  • Science Journalism;
  • Science Advocacy;
  • Professional Consultancy;
  • Public Relations;
  • Science publishing;
  • Public Engagement; 
  • Public Involvement and Impact; 
  • Knowledge Exchange;
  • Museum education, exhibition and curation;
  • Events production, management.


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Are you keen to improve public health and develop the knowledge required to reflect on current concerns and practice issues within this field?. Read more
Are you keen to improve public health and develop the knowledge required to reflect on current concerns and practice issues within this field?

Popular with both UK-based and international students, the Master of Public Health course has been specifically designed for those who wish to develop their career within public health, in addition to those looking to promote the health of the public as part of their current professional role.Health -Science

Upon successful graduation you will possess in-depth research and enquiry skills, and a critical understanding of their application in a public health employment context.

The practical application of these academic skills will equip you with the knowledge and approaches necessary to implement a broad range of interventions to improve public health outcomes in different employment contexts. For example, dealing with pandemic flu epidemics, increasing accessibility to health care services, reducing obesity or malaria rates and community development to enable disadvantaged communities.

This course is delivered on a full time basis, across a period of 12 or 18 months.

Learn From The Best

This course is taught by a team of experienced lecturers with a practice background in public health or education. We boast close links with local directors, commissioners and practitioners of public health, some of whom are employed as part of our teaching team to provide you with access to professionals that are actively working within public health.

All of our teaching staff possess the accreditations and academic qualifications required to teach, in addition to professional registrations with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health Care Professionals Council.

We also welcome external visiting speakers from a variety of public health contexts to contribute to lectures, enabling you learn about the current issues that are defining the public health sector.

Our team have extensive experience of working with both UK and international students and will provide ongoing guidance to support you throughout every step of this course.

Teaching And Assessment

This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore and develop your skills and knowledge of leadership, engagement and collaborative working, public health intelligence and epidemiology, public health fundamentals and research.

Teaching will be delivered via a mix of lectures and seminars, which will be supported by case studies, enquiry-based learning exercises, skills development sessions and independent study.

This course will be assessed through written work, group presentations, essays and academic posters.

You will also produce an in-depth dissertation project around a subject area of your choice. Undertaken under the supervision of a dedicated supervisor, this project will form the final stage of the assessment process.

Modules Overview

AC0778 - Research: Approaches, Methods and skills (Core, 30 Credits)
AC0780 - Leadership and Collaborative Working in Public Health and Healthcare (Core, 30 Credits)
AC0782 - Public Health Fundamentals: Concepts, Theories and Frameworks (Core, 30 Credits)
AC0783 - Public Health Intelligence and Epidemiology (Core, 30 Credits)
PP0723 - Project Feasibility Study Dissertation (NotDefined, 60 Credits)
PP0727 - Empirical Project (NotDefined, 60 Credits)
PP0728 - Practice Project (NotDefined, 60 Credits)
PP0729 - Systematic Appraisal (NotDefined, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane campus and our facilities are some of the most advanced in the country and allow us to ensure your learning evolves in-line with the latest developments in the industry.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree and you will receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists. Key lectures will also be recorded to allow you to listen again.

If English is not your first language you will also have access to the English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) programmes to help you develop your English language, academic writing and study skills.

Give Your Career An Edge

The Public Health and Wellbeing department works in partnership with local and national services and organisations to produce independent public health and healthcare professionals who are competent, confident, compassionate and able to meet and exceed the professional, statutory and regulatory body standards required of them.

Our partnership with those actively involved in public health will enable you to interact and network with professionals who are currently working within public health, in addition to allowing you to further understand how the skills taught on this course apply to a real working environment.

The Master of Public Health course provides a good foundation for you to develop a portfolio at the level required for your particular role, if you so wish. For those pursuing the specialty training for registrars / supervisors the learning from the course will inform your portfolio development route (Faculty of Public Health 2015).

This course’s modules have been aligned to reflect the core and defined areas of the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (2013) and the Faculty of Public Health’s (2015) six domains of public health practice.

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This exciting MSc programme focuses on leadership, change management, evidence-based service innovation and delivery all key to the delivery of high quality health care. Read more
This exciting MSc programme focuses on leadership, change management, evidence-based service innovation and delivery all key to the delivery of high quality health care. The programme is intended for experienced, qualified health care professionals who may work in and across a range of health care settings and in a variety of clinical, managerial and leadership roles.

The course aims to:

• Develop leadership knowledge and skills which can be applied to the delivery of a quality, evidence-based service linked to service user, staff and organisational outcomes
• Develop transformational leaders capable of improving and innovating health and social care delivery in a range of settings
• Develop a critical awareness of self in the leadership of service delivery and innovation
• Enhance critical awareness and reflection on the interfaces between policy, research, commissioning, service and practice
• Enable you to contribute to the advancement of your practice and the service you deliver by your professional development and life-long approach to learning

You have the option to exit after Year 1 with a PgCert Leadership Studies in Health Care and to exit after Year 2 with a PgDip Leadership Studies in Health Care.

The course is delivered one day per week.

Modules

There are two options for this course; a 3 year route and a 4 year route.

Modules for 3 year route:

Year 1
(3 core modules, 20 credits each)

• Research in health and social care
• Strategic leadership in health care
• Innovation for excellence - leading service change

Year 2
(1 core and 2 optional modules, 20 credits each)

Core module:

•Leading continuous quality improvement in health care

Optional modules:

• Mentorship and coaching for leadership
• Leading patient and public engagement in health care
• Professional development through contract learning

Year 3

• Dissertation (60 credits)

Modules for 4 year route:

Year 1
(2 core modules, 20 credits each)

• Research in health and social care
• Innovation for excellence - leading service change

Year 2
(1 core and 1 optional module, 20 credits each)

Core module:

•Strategic leadership in health care

Optional modules:

• Leading patient and public engagement in health care
• Professional development through contract learning

Year 3
(1 core and 1 optional module, 20 credits each)

Core module:
• Leading continuous quality improvement in health care

Optional modules:

• Mentorship and coaching for leadership
• Leading patient and public engagement in health care
• Professional development through contract learning

Year 4

• Dissertation (60 credits)

Professional links

The School of Health and Social Care delivers postgraduate education programmes and applied research linked to practice and workforce innovation and research capacity building. The work undertaken by staff and students is recognised both nationally and internationally.

Employability

With a range of flexible pathways available, our courses and modules are designed to enhance career opportunities by equipping health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to manage change, lead improvement initiatives and become an effective leader.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Designed for students interested in new ways of exploring and understanding the social world through the use of visual, sensory and other experimental approaches, this programme allows you to study sociological issues alongside innovative methods. Read more

Designed for students interested in new ways of exploring and understanding the social world through the use of visual, sensory and other experimental approaches, this programme allows you to study sociological issues alongside innovative methods.

The MA will enable you to examine, represent and intervene in the social world. You will develop the ability to undertake empirical research and present it publicly in a variety of media and materials. You will engage with sociology as an inventive research practice, deploying creative research methods to address classic and changing sociological problems.

An introduction to debates in visual research

The MA in Visual Sociology provides an introduction to the range of debates in visual research, encouraging you to build on these by using visual, sensory and inventive methodological practices to carry out critical social research in your areas of interest, whether this is science and technology, contemporary capitalism, gender and sexual cultures, race, human rights, globalisation, or other aspects of social life.

A hands-on approach to sociological research

The programme combines lectures and seminars with practical sessions and workshop-based projects in which you develop a hands-on approach to sociological research, providing a skills base in methods which could be used in public sector contexts, art/media research, design or commercial application.

As well as presenting your ideas through writing, during the MA you will have the opportunity to produce different outputs, including film/video, photography, sound and multi-media pieces. You will also organise and curate some of this work in an exhibition. Critical feedback sessions function as a testing ground for individual projects, and themed projects allow you to further develop a portfolio of research outputs geared to a variety of audiences.

Throughout the programme is a concern with the research process, and you will have the opportunity to design and reflect on your own research projects. The dissertation allows you to undertake a substantive research project on your individual interests, supporting by one-to-one supervision with a member of staff. You will have access to the Visual Media Lab, which offers post-production and editing stations, as well as equipment for photography and video. Students can also borrow equipment from the Media Equipment Centre.

At the forefront of the discipline

The MA is based in the Department of Sociology, home of the The Methods Lab and at the forefront of research using live methods. It is taught by staff with a wide range of experience in both sociology and interdisciplinary research, including visual and experimental approaches. The course is suitable for applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds, including art, design, anthropology, media and communications, cultural studies, geography, and sociology.

Modules & structure

In the first part of the course you will take ‘Empirical Social Research’, a module that takes you through the empirical research cycle in the context of the transformation of sociology in the age of visual, digital and other empirical methods. The module Theories and Debates in Visual Research' enables you to address debates within visual sociology, and also encompasses more recent issues surrounding the notions of media, interdisciplinarity and translation which become significant if sociology works with visual and other sensory materials. Assessment of these modules is by essay.

Alongside these modules you will take a core practical component, ‘Visual and Inventive Practice A’, that offers the opportunity to gain skills in photography, sound and video and to develop materials that engage a sociological imagination. A central focus is on how to translate a research question into a variety of materials or media and to be able to critically discuss the selection and use of these.

In the second term you continue with a practical module in inventive sociology, ‘Social Research for Public Engagement’, in which you will work individually or in groups to respond to a theme to create a visual, sensory or experimental object or media to be exhibited to a particular public. Assessment of the practical work includes a diary of research process alongside documentation of work.

These core modules are taught in Sociology. In the second term you will also take an option that may be chosen from Sociology or may be taken from departments across Goldsmiths including the Departments of Anthropology, English and Comparative Literature, Politics and International Relations, Media and Communications, Educational Studies, Music, and the Centre for Cultural Studies.

In the summer term you will complete a dissertation involving a major practical project consisting of any media and addressing a specific sociological problem. You will meet for individual supervision with a member of the Sociology staff. The dissertation is a substantive piece of research in which you develop a visual, inventive or experimental approach to a topic of your choice.

If you follow the MA part-time over two years, you will take ‘Empirical Social Research’, ‘Visual and Inventive Practice’ and ‘Social Research for Public Engagement’ in year 1, and ‘Theories and Debates in Visual Research’, the dissertation and an option in year 2.

Core modules

Option modules

You will chose an option module to the value of 30 credits from Sociology or from departments across the College including the Departments of AnthropologyEnglish and Comparative LiteraturePoliticsMedia and CommunicationsMusicEducational Studies, and the Centre for Cultural Studies.

Modules in Sociology address themes such as:

  • contemporary capitalism and inequality
  • human rights
  • globalisation and urban life
  • gender and sexuality
  • science, technology and medicine
  • digitisation of social life 

Assessment

Assessment consists of coursework, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations.

Skills & careers

This programme attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds, including art and design, business, and the third sector, as well as those with social science degrees. This means the careers that they are interested in pursuing are wide and varied. 

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths



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The Executive Masters in Public Administration (XMPA) reflects changes in the public sector and not for profit environment. It explores developments in service provision, at a strategic level as well as critical analysis of Government policy. Read more
The Executive Masters in Public Administration (XMPA) reflects changes in the public sector and not for profit environment. It explores developments in service provision, at a strategic level as well as critical analysis of Government policy. It supports the Government's commitment to provide lifelong learning and the skilling, training and development of public managers to achieve this. To this end it engages in changing styles of public management theory and practice as well as in the evolution public administration and the requirements of managers to develop the skills and knowledge to manage cross sectorally and inter-sectorally.

The XMPA will develop your academic and vocational skills, equipping you for the next stage of your career in the public or nfp sector and as a manager able respond to an ever-changing and challenging environment. You'll gain relevant current knowledge, skills and understanding to enable you to work effectively given the changes in the public sector environment and in public policy.

7 reasons to study here

1. Dual award: academic qualification from LSBU and professional award from the CMI
2. Award winning: LSBU Business School won the government skills framework and prospect awards for teaching
3. Summer School: week-long International Summer School in conjunction with six other leading European universities offering comparable XMPAs where you’ll be exposed to leading academics and practitioners and network with public managers from across the continent
4. Great reputation: We have a great reputation for this course, and the success of our alumni demonstrates this
5. Personal growth: develop transferable skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, innovation, creativity, resilience, dealing with ambiguity, persuasive advocacy, problem solving and critical thinking
6. Career enhancing: Our graduates typically go on to more senior roles in their organisation or take up positions delivering public services
7. Flexible delivery modes: Designed to suit busy senior professionals - flexible delivery on a Thursday afternoon and evening

Who is this course for?

• Middle and senior managers
• Those looking to develop and take the next step in their career
• Those looking for flexible study options with experienced and respected academic staff

Modules

Year 1

• Leadership, Public Management and Governance
• Public Policy and the Managerial Environment
• Managing through Critical Research

Year 2

• Integrative Management and Change
• Contemporary Issues for Public Managers

Plus two of the following optional modules:

• Managing Within a Regulatory Framework
• Equality and Diversity in the Workforce
• Policy Making in Action
• Strategic Management in the Public and Not for Profit Sectors
• Public Sector Entrepreneurship
• The Practice of Management Consulting in the Public Sector
• Social Enterprise
• Law and Ethics for Health Care Managers
• Leadership in Health Services
• International Policy and Governance
• Current Quality Issues in Health Service Management
• Commissioning and Procurement in Health and Social Services
• International Management and Change in Public Services
• Ethical Leadership in International Public Services

Year 3

• Dissertation

Assessment is by course work, assignments, presentations and case studies. There re no formal examinations on this course and this is a deliberate decision.

Diploma in Management Studies

If you hold a Diploma in Management Studies you'll be accredited with 60 course credits and study the following modules:

• Leadership, public management and governance
• Public policy and the managerial environment
• Managing through critical research
• Dissertation

You'll also be required to attend the residential weekend and the International Summer School.

Professional links

European Partner Institutions: Bocconi Milan, Erasmus, Rotterdam, Esade Barcelona, Copenhagen Business School, Potsdam University, Limerick University and Hint and Hist University, Norway. Partners in the International Summer school.

Course participants receive a dual ward from the Chartered Management Institute - The Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Direction and Leadership. They become associate members of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and can access CMI services and publications. On successful completion of the XMPA course participants may be eligible to become Members of the CMI. Part of the assessment of the XMPA course contributes also to professional recognition and Chartered Manager status which course participants can continue on completion.

Employability

Types of careers:

The course is aimed at senior managers (and in this respect differs from the Master of Public Administration which is aimed at overseas students and those wanting to enter a career in public and social sectors). This course enables further career enhancement and development to more strategic levels, providing career sustainability and employability.

Former students have gone onto roles as:

• Director of Health and Social Care
• Strategic Director of Children and Adult Services
• Assistant Director of Education and Training

You can also progress onto the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA).

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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The overall aim of the MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion is for students to gain advanced skills, principles and knowledge in public health and health promotion whilst also developing a critical and multidisciplinary approach to the complexities of public health and health promotion challenges and possibilities. Read more

About the course

The overall aim of the MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion is for students to gain advanced skills, principles and knowledge in public health and health promotion whilst also developing a critical and multidisciplinary approach to the complexities of public health and health promotion challenges and possibilities.

The programme reflects the multidisciplinary nature of public health and health promotion and includes:

health promotion
global public health
health policy
politics, sociology
psychology, communication
advanced academic and research skills.

You will develop your knowledge in public health and health promotion as well as build your research skills.The programme has an active learning and research-led approach.

Aims

The MSc programme in Public Health and Health Promotion allows students to:

Investigate the scope and nature of contemporary public health and health promotion at the local, national and global levels, focusing on its development, current priorities and future challenges.

Explore the major determinants of health and explore ways to promote public health and health promotion that address social and economic inequalities, are culturally sensitive, and promote values of social justice.

Build knowledge and skills in reflective practice, research, communication, transferable skills and working in groups.

Develop knowledge and skills in the principles and complexities of using evidence, including researching, analysing and evaluating health information and policy.

Explore a multidisciplinary approach to public health and health promotion.

Examine ethical, political, societal and cultural dilemmas that arise in public health and health promotion.

Provide the opportunity to conduct an empirical research project in a contemporary issue associated with public health and health promotion.

Course Content

The MSc Public Health and Health Promotion has been specially designed to give you up-to-date knowledge and the necessary skills to be able to understand and apply your learning in analysing evidence, assessing need, planning, implementation and the evaluation of public health and health promotion in a range of contexts.

A key focus is the development of a theoretical, conceptual, historical and critical understandings of public health and health promotion.
This understanding will be applied to an analysis of ethical, political and policy debates informing health promotion and public health practice.

You will need to complete eight study blocks that lead to six assessments and a 15,000 - 18,000 word dissertation to achieve the MSc Public Health and Health Promotion.

Compulsory modules:

Global Public Health
Health Promotion
Health and Society
Evidence and Communication
Health Policy, Politics and Social Justice
Implementing Change in Public Health and Health Promotion
Research in Practice
Approaches to Research
Dissertation

Teaching

Experts at the forefront
The programme draws upon lecturers within public health and health promotion, the wider university and external specialist experts. The teaching team are research active and engage in scholarly activity that informs the curriculum. There are interactions between research and teaching and learning throughout the programme.

How you will be taught
Most study and study blocks will be delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, online resources, peer led learning, group activities and/or practical workshops, with personal study expected throughout. Typically, lecturers set out the key context, which provide underpinning theory, identify issues of debate and point to further evidence, resources and critical debate. Seminars are structured to facilitate discussion, explore further learning and promote critical thinking, including sound, evidence-based reasoning.

Self-study component
You will be expected to increasingly become self-directed in researching topics. This combination ensures that learning requires active engagement from you, in which debates are often illustrated and explored with examples from policy and practice, so that theory is clearly linked in a relevant and meaningful way to learning goals.

Active learning is recognised as essential to the development of understanding, the ability to apply theory to practice, and to the development of reflective skills. The programme incorporates online teaching and learning tools such as Blackboard Learn.

Assessment

A variety of assessment modes are employed, such as case studies, essays, presentations, written examinations and a research dissertation. Assessment techniques match the intended learning outcomes. At the start of the programme students are provided with the assessment schedule including assessment and feedback dates.

Special Features

Links between research and teaching throughout the programme.

The opportunity to undertake an empirical piece of research.

The course is one of the longest established in the UK.

The programme is highly rated for its excellence in teaching and learning.

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This programme has been designed to provide an integrated, coherent and multidisciplinary approach to public health activity. Read more

This programme has been designed to provide an integrated, coherent and multidisciplinary approach to public health activity. It will have an emphasis on advancing critical awareness and problem solving skills in order to develop innovative, reflective and pro-active approaches to meeting challenging and complex health needs. Examples include critical health issues such as obesity and mental health, and those linked with public protection such as climate change and infectious diseases.

It will be delivered by a range of teaching methods such as core lectures, group work, online activities, use of case studies and directed learning approaches. Shared learning with other professionals will be a focus of this course and students will be encouraged to develop a critical, evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins present-day public health practice.

Course content

This postgraduate award prepares students for a career in Public Health at both strategic and operational levels. The full MSc consists of five compulsory modules, and two designated modules. Compulsory modules are those which every student must undertake. Designated modules are those that have been identified as offering a range of public health topics which students can choose dependent on their experience and specialism.

All modules (except the Dissertation) incorporate 200 hours of learning, which includes taught sessions as well as self-directed independent study and assignment preparation. Furthermore, (included in the 200 hours) are six study days, in which students are expected to either attend lectures or work online on electronic activities via the online learning environment, NILE.

The teaching team have created a flexible and challenging Public Health programme, which involves face-to-face teaching, workshops and tutorials, as well as three of the core modules having an extensive self-directed online component. Opportunities exist to undertake a volunteering post within a Public Health environment and to gain experience of working within a Non-Governmental Organisation whilst ‘giving back’ to the vulnerable in society.

Embedded within the course are sessions from the University Centre for Employability and Engagement (UCEE), who offer support and advice to students in both cohort groups and on a one-to-one basis for; CV writing, interview techniques and help with locating a volunteer placement. These skills are invaluable when it comes to applying for employment or PhD study.

Course modules (16/17)

-Leading Public Health Practice

-Leadership: The People Challenge

-Principles and Perspectives of Health Promotion

-Epidemiology

-Research Methods – Philosophy and Study Design

-Comparative Health Care Systems

-Professional Project

-Substance Use and Misuse

-Therapeutic Communication Interventions

-Voluntary Sector Placement

-Innovations and Creativity

-Managing Advanced Professional Practice

Methods of Learning

The programme is offered through a full time or part time route. The part time programme is through flexible modular delivery which enables part time students to access modules at a pace that suits individual needs. The full time programme is more structured in order to enable students to complete within a one year time frame.

There are a range of teaching and learning methods used within this programme including core lectures; action learning and group work; online activity; tutorials and workshops. It is anticipated that students will have some background within public health environments and will therefore bring some knowledge and skills to this learning experience. Students will be encouraged to debate, discuss and reflect on contemporary public health issues in order to enhance learning.

Assessments

This programme comprises of a range of assessment strategies which enables students to demonstrate knowledge, synthesis and analysis in a variety of forms. Assessment strategies include exams, vivas, reports, proposals, essays, audio taped interventions and presentations. The aim of the assignment programme is not only to test knowledge and skills but also to develop these skills (for instance, the ability to present to a group of people). Students can expect between one and three items of assessment per module and these are spread evenly throughout the three trimesters which make up the academic year.

Facilities and Special Features

Students have the opportunity to undertake a designated Voluntary Placement module and engage in a minimum of 50 hours of volunteering in a placement relevant to Public Health. This course will also:

-Develop and enhance current knowledge and skills regarding public health practice.

-Extend and apply both knowledge and practical skills to current circumstances.

-Identify learning needs and develop independent learning skills to meet these needs.

-Encourage inter-professional learning.

Careers

Public Health is a growing field of study, therefore there is an abundance of job opportunities to suit a variety of interests and skills. A Master’s degree will help career advancement within a variety of organisations and professions such as health and social care, local authority, and voluntary organisations.

Our Public Health students develop excellent communication and analytical skills and have entered a diverse range of jobs as well as further study.

Teaching Team

Programme and Module Leader: Mrs Kirsty Mason

Kirsty Mason has been a Programme Leader of Masters Level Courses in the Faculty of Health and Society for numerous years and has 14 years’ experience of working as a Senior Lecturer in Public Health. Prior to working in academia, Kirsty worked as a Specialist Public Health Practitioner within Primary Care and has extensive experience of working with individuals, families and communities to improve their health and wellbeing. Kirsty is interested in teaching Public Health and Health Promotion as well as supervising Public Health Masters Dissertations. Her MSc in Public Health and Primary Health Care was gained from the University of Warwick and Kirsty has a keen interest in undertaking research using a phenomenological approach, her recent research activity includes researching non-medical prescribing in public health and how Children’s Centres enhance health outcomes for families.




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This challenging two-year programme focuses on key issues of. Public Administration and Organisation Theory. The programme offers an in-depth investigation of societal problems and critical challenges faced by organisations - government agencies, not for profits, citizen groups, form - involved in public value creation. Read more

This challenging two-year programme focuses on key issues of Public Administration and Organisation Theory. The programme offers an in-depth investigation of societal problems and critical challenges faced by organisations - government agencies, not for profits, citizen groups, form - involved in public value creation. You will investigate these challenges, analyse how public organisations deal with each challenge, and begin to form theories about what is required to make policies work.

Challenges of public governance

A changing climate, porous borders, the knowledge economy, the internet of things, robotica. The world is changing at an unprecedented pace, throwing up tantalizing opportunities as well as wicked problems for the way in which we govern our societies. Public administrators respond to these challenges in a variety of ways: they initiate reforms to make public management less bureaucratic and more accountable, they activate and enable citizens, they help businesses become more competitive while enhancing social responsibility, and they support civil society initiatives to provide voluntary community services. You will analyse how such initiatives help governments cope with the challenges of modernity.

These modern challenges are no longer the sole responsibility of government institutions. Private, not for profit and hybrid organizations as well as civil society groups are increasingly involved in creating value in the public domain and performing what previously were considered public tasks. Public governance thus not only takes place in national political institutions but also at local, regional and internationals levels of government, in multi-actor, multi-sectoral networks, and at the headquarters of large companies. Your study of the public domain and the critical issues in that domain will therefore focus on public organisations in the broadest sense of the word.

After graduation

Through this intensive Master’s programme, you will gain the theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to analyse organizational and governance processes, such as strategic management, policy design and delivery, citizen engagement, public accontability, institutional learning. Our programme will also help you understand and analyse the classic questions of Public Administration and Organization Theory as they are playing out in contemporary contexts. It will provide you with the tools to identify, analyse, and design effective intervention strategies. Your studies will prepare you for a career in research, consultancy, government and the public sector at large. Your key selling point will be your analytical and methodological skills, your firm grounding in different bodies of theory and research, your writing and presentation skills, and your hands-on experience with designing and conducting projects.



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Earn your Online Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the UK’s University of Birmingham and make a lasting impact on society with a practical understanding of public leadership and a global perspective. Read more

Elevate your impact on a global scale

Earn your Online Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the UK’s University of Birmingham and make a lasting impact on society with a practical understanding of public leadership and a global perspective. This comprehensive Online MPA is an innovative way to further your career with theory and applicable public management and governance skills using our new online platform, a virtual learning environment that teaches through interaction and engagement.

Advance your public leadership skills

Add to your current skill set with knowledge and practical tools rooted in proven strategies and the experience of our module leaders. Organised and delivered by the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), our leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management, an MPA from the University of Birmingham brings with it a 50-year history of public service and innovation.

It is designed to help future leaders:
- Build practical public management understanding
- Further skills for effective managerial leadership
- Establish individual strategies for career development
- Participate in joint learning of global governance
- Apply theoretical knowledge in real-life scenarios
- Gain international perspective

Innovate your public service education

New ways of thinking inspire us in everything we do. This includes taking full advantage of digital media to provide a more dynamic learning experience that draws on interactivity, participation and connectivity. This online course provides flexibility beyond the traditional campus setting, enabling students to engage with curriculum directly using:

- Video lectures
- Real-life case studies
- Interactive assignments
- Social interaction
- Digital tools & resources

Make a lasting impact on society

Achieve your goal to make a difference in the lives of people around the world and build a network to help you along the way with a world-class Online MPA from the University of Birmingham and INLOGOV.

- Course director Catherine Staite was recently ranked the 45th most influential person in local government by the Local Government Chronicle
- Our Online MPA offers personal tutors to help further students’ understanding and professional goals
- Capstone project helps realise theories with application in private and non-profit sectors

Your curriculum

The University of Birmingham’s Online MPA is a 30-month, 180-credit course (including a 60-credit dissertation).

Year one core modules
- Public Management and Governance in a Changing World - 10
- Leadership in Public Services - 10
- Strategic Management - 10
- Managing Public Money - 10
- Delivery Services and Outcomes - 10
- Public Policy Research Methods - 10

Year two core modules
- Programme Management - 10
- Performance Management - 10
- Partnership and Collaboration - 10
- Democracy, Governance and Participation - 10
- Managing in a Political Environment - 10
- Managing the Information Age - 10

Year three dissertation
- Dissertation - 60

Maximise your career opportunities

The University of Birmingham’s Online MPA is ideal for candidates wishing to pursue careers in public policy or strategic management in government organisations or public agencies at local, regional, national or international levels. During your studies, you surround yourself with a faculty of global experts at a university that leads through its research. You also gain access to links in both the public and private sectors.

Master the skills of public leadership

The University of Birmingham plays an active role in making the UK a capital of global education. We challenge our postgraduate students with the highest standard of curriculum while providing a unique international perspective and innovative ways to educate. We are recognised for excellence in research through our membership in the Russell Group, an organisation of the UK’s top research-led universities. This excellence helps you gain the global understanding of public service you need to grow in your career.

Contact us on
Tel: +44 (0)800 032 7101
Visit birmingham.ac.uk/online to learn more and apply to study today
Students can start this course in February, June and October each year

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We are living through an era of tumultuous change in how politics is conducted and communicated. The great digital disruption of the early 21st century continues to work its way through media systems around the world, forcing change, adaptation, and renewal across a whole range of areas. Read more
We are living through an era of tumultuous change in how politics is conducted and communicated. The great digital disruption of the early 21st century continues to work its way through media systems around the world, forcing change, adaptation, and renewal across a whole range of areas: political parties and campaigns, interest groups, social movements, activist organisations, news and journalism, the communication industries, governments, and international relations.

In the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London, we believe the key to making sense of these chaotic developments is the idea of power—how it is generated, how it is used, and how it shapes the diverse information and communication flows that affect all our lives.

This unique new Masters degree, which replaces the MSc in New Political Communication, is for critically-minded, free-thinking individuals who want to engage with the exciting intellectual ferment that is being generated by these unprecedented times. The curriculum integrates rigorous study of the very best academic research with an emphasis on making sense of political communication as it is practiced in the real world, in both "old" and "new" media settings.

While not a practice-based course, the MSc Media, Power, and Public Affairs is perfect for those who wish to build a career in the growing range of professions that require deep and critical insight into the relationship between media and politics and public communication more generally. These include advocacy, campaign management, political communication consultancy, journalism, government communication, policy analysis, public opinion and semantic polling, and public diplomacy, to name but a few. Plus, due to its strong emphasis on scholarly rigour, the MSc in Media, Power, and Public Affairs is also the perfect foundation for a PhD in political communication.

You will study a mixture of core and elective units, including a generous choice of free options, and write a supervised dissertation over the summer. Teaching is conducted primarily in small group seminars that meet weekly for two hours, supplemented by individual tuition for the dissertation.

This course is also offered at Postgraduate Diploma level for those who do not have the academic background necessary to begin an advanced Masters degree. The structure of the Diploma is identical except that you will not write a dissertation. If you are successful on the Diploma you may transfer to the MSc, subject to academic approval.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/politicsandir/coursefinder/mscpgdipmediapowerandpublicaffairs.aspx

Why choose this course?

- be taught by internationally-leading scholars in the field of political communication

- the curriculum integrates rigorous study of the very best academic research with an emphasis on making sense of political communication as it is practiced in the real world, in both "old" and "new" media settings

- perfect for those who wish to build a career in the growing range of professions that require deep and critical insight into the relationship between media and politics and public communication more generally

- a unique focus on the question of power and influence in today’s radically networked societies.

On completion of the programme, you will have:
- advanced knowledge and critical understanding of key concepts, theoretical debates, and developments in the field of political communication

- advanced knowledge of the texts, theories, and methods used to enhance understanding of the issues, processes, and phenomena in the field of political communication

- advanced knowledge and critical understanding of research methods in the social sciences

- a solid foundation for a career in the growing range of professions that require deep and critical insight into the relationship between media and politics and public communication more generally, or for a PhD in any area of media and politics.

Department research and industry highlights

- The New Political Communication Unit’s research agenda focuses on the impact of new media and communication technologies on politics, policy and governance. Core staff include Professor Andrew Chadwick, Professor Ben O’Loughlin, Dr Alister Miskimmon, and Dr Cristian Vaccari. Recent books include Andrew Chadwick’s The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power (Oxford University Press, 2013), Cristian Vaccari’s Digital Politics in Western Democracies: A Comparative Study (Johns Hopkins University Press), and Alister Miskimmon, Ben O’Loughlin, and Laura Roselle’s, Strategic Narratives: Communication Power and the New World Order (Routledge, 2013). Andrew Chadwick edits the Oxford University Press book series Oxford Studies in Digital Politics and Ben O’Loughlin is co-editor of the journal Media, War and Conflict. The Unit hosts a large number of PhD students working in the field of new political communication.

Course content and structure

You will study four core course units (chosen from a total of six options), two elective units, and write a dissertation over the summer. Course units include one of three disciplinary training pathway courses, a course in research design, analysing international politics, and specialist options in international relations.

Students studying for the Postgraduate Diploma do not undertake the dissertation.

Core course units:
Media, Power, and Public Affairs: You will examine the relationship between media, politics and power in contemporary political life. This unit focuses on a number of important foundational themes, including theories of media effects, the construction of political news, election campaigning, government communications and spin, media regulation, the emergence of digital media, the globalisation of media, agenda setting, and propaganda and the role of media in international affairs. The overarching rationale is that we live in an era in which the massive diversity of media, new technologies, and new methodologies demands new forms of analysis. The approach will be comparative and international.

Internet and New Media Politics:
 Drawing predominantly, though not exclusively, upon specialist academic journal literatures, this course focuses on a number of important contemporary debates about the role and influence of new technologies on the values, processes and outcomes of: global governance institutions; public bureaucracies; journalism and news production; representative institutions including political parties and legislatures; pressure groups and social movements. It also examines persistent and controversial policy problems generated by digital media, such as privacy and surveillance, the nature of contemporary media systems, and the balance of power between older and newer media logics in social and political life. By the end of the course students will have an understanding of the key issues thrown up by the internet and new media, as well as a critical perspective on what these terms actually mean. The approach will be comparative, drawing on examples from around the world, including the developing world, but the principal focus will be on the politics of the United States and Britain.

Social Media and Politics: This course addresses the various ways in which social media are changing the relationships between politicians, citizens, and the media. The course will start by laying out broad arguments and debates about the democratic implications of social media that are ongoing not just in academic circles but also in public commentary, political circles, and policy networks—do social media expand or narrow civic engagement? Do they lead to cross-cutting relationships or self-reinforcing echo chambers? Do they hinder or promote political participation? Are they useful in campaigns or just the latest fashion? Do they foster effective direct communication between politicians and citizens? Are they best understood as technologies of freedom or as surveillance tools? These debates will be addressed throughout the course by drawing on recent empirical research published in the most highly rated academic journals in the field. The course will thus enable students to understand how social media are used by citizens, politicians, and media professionals to access, distribute, and co-produce contents that are relevant to politics and public affairs and establish opportunities for political and civic engagement.

Media, War and Conflict:
The post-9/11 global security situation and the 2003 Iraq war have prompted a marked increase in interest in questions concerning media, war and conflict. This unit examines the relationships between media, governments, military, and audiences/publics, in light of old, new, and potential future security events.

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in Politics and International Relations:
 You will be provided with an introduction to core theories and qualitative approaches in politics and international relations. You will examine a number of explanatory/theoretical frameworks, their basic assumptions, strengths and weaknesses, and concrete research applications. You will consider the various qualitative techniques available for conducting research, the range of decisions qualitative researchers face, and the trade-offs researchers must consider when designing qualitative research.

Dissertation (MSc only): The dissertation gives you the opportunity to study an aspect of Media, Power, and Public Affairs in depth. You will be assigned a dissertation supervisor and the length of the piece will be 12,000 words.

Elective course units:
Note: not all course units are available every year, but may include:
- Politics of Democracy
- Elections and Parties
- United States Foreign Policy
- Human Rights: From Theory to Practice
- Theories and Concepts in International Public Policy
- Contemporary Anglo-American Political Theory
- Transnational Security Studies
- Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East
- The Law of Cyber Warfare
- Comparative Political Executives
- European Union Politics and Policy
- International Public Policy in Practice
- Sovereignty, Rights and Justice
- Theories of Globalisation
- Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in Politics and International Relations

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by coursework and an individually-supervised dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Advocacy, campaign management, political communication consultancy, journalism, government communication, policy analysis, public opinion and semantic polling, public diplomacy, PhD research.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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The Master in Public Administration (MPA) at LSBU has been selected by Procurement Services as part of the Government Skills Framework and ranked number one. Read more
The Master in Public Administration (MPA) at LSBU has been selected by Procurement Services as part of the Government Skills Framework and ranked number one. We are the only London-based University to be approved to deliver both the MPA and MBA awards to government staff.

A Masters degree in Public Administration is an internationally recognised qualification designed for anyone working in local, regional, or central government, or for a charity or public-private partnership wishing to develop their academic and vocational skills.

This Programme addresses some of the key issues facing the public sector such as effective leadership, anticipating and responding to change, performance management, governance and ethical practice and sustainability and gives students the opportunity to develop specialist expertise as well as the ability to respond to an ever-changing and challenging environment.

Upon graduation students you will be equipped to make a practical difference in the delivery of public services programmes and agendas.

Modules

Core Modules:

Leadership, public management and governance (20 credits)
Public policy and the managerial environment (20 credits)
Managing through critical research (20 credits)
Managing people and HRM in the public sector (20 credits)
International public management, policy and governance (20 credits)

Specialist Units:

Managing within a regulatory framework (10 credits)
Equality and diversity in the workforce (10 credits)
Policy-making in action (10 credits)
Strategic management in the public and not for profit sectors (10 credits)
Public sector entrepreneurship (10 credits)
The practice of management consulting in the public sector (10 credits)
Social enterprise (10 credits)
Law and ethic for healthcare managers (10 credits)
Leadership in health services (10 credits)
Reflecting on public service (10 credits)
Current quality issues in health service management (10 credits)
Commissioning and procurement in health and social services (10 credits)
Ethical leadership in international public services (10 credits)

Dissertation (60 credits)

Professional links

The Master in Public Administration (MPA) has been selected by Procurement Services as part of the Government Skills Framework and ranked number one. We are the only London-based University to be approved to deliver both the MPA and MBA awards to government staff.

Employability

Employment prospects are excellent. Successful students can, in addition to senior management roles, build senior management careers in a variety of roles in public service, government policy and management.

Recent successes include appointment to Directorate Level and Heads of Service.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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The MSc Public Health will prepare you for senior and strategic roles within the public health workforce, such as those in local/municipal authorities, health care, business, social care, the voluntary sector or education. Read more
The MSc Public Health will prepare you for senior and strategic roles within the public health workforce, such as those in local/municipal authorities, health care, business, social care, the voluntary sector or education. It will provide you with a deep understanding about how to prevent illness and promote good health and wellbeing. You will learn the knowledge and skills that underpin public health practice at individual, community, national and international levels, as well as how to address the specific health needs of the UK population.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/public-health.aspx

Course detail

By studying our MSc Public Health, you will critically engage with the theories, principles and practise that are core to public health and health promotion. These include engagement with:

• Philosophies of health and health promotion
• Social and cultural determinants of health and inequalities in health
• Communicable and non-communicable threats to health
• Epidemiology and its application to disease prevention
• Risk assessment, health needs assessment and health impact assessment
• Ethical perspectives in health promotion and public health
• The physical environment and health
• Inter-sectoral, national and international health policies and drivers
• Community development and health improvement
• Arts and health
• Research and evaluation

The MSc Public Health learning outcomes are informed by the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (levels 7 and 8) as well as the International Union of Health Promotion and Education: CompHP Professional Standards for Health Promotion.

Suitability

This course is for those who wish to study:
• Part-time evening
• Part-time day
• Full-time

You will have a relevant first degree, normally in a health or social-science related field OR you will have a professional registration in health, or social care or an equivalent field.

Normally you will have had some relevant work experience, be working in a relevant field of practice, or will have access to one.
Consideration is given to other graduates, or equivalent, who can demonstrate the relevance of this award to their career development. For example, we have been pleased to have lawyers, engineers, priests and human biologists study with us.

Content

Compulsory modules
• Principles of Public Health
• Promoting Health and Wellbeing
• Essentials of Epidemiology
• Social Aspects of Health
• Research Approaches and Methods

Optional modules
• Community Development OR
• Global Public Health OR
• A module from MSc Health and Wellbeing such as the Negotiated Learning module OR
• A module offered at another European University subject to this being organised by the Erasmus programme.

Dissertation
• 40 credit dissertation OR
• 60 credit dissertation

Format

You will learn through a variety of different approaches, including lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as self-directed study. Your final dissertation will involve working substantially on your own, however you will be supported throughout by your dissertation supervisor.

Assessment

You will be assessed for each module, and assessments will usually be made up of essays, reports, presentations and a final dissertation.

What can I do next?

The course enables those who are not currently working in mainstream public health to enter the field, for example those who work in a health-related clinical setting will be better placed to switch to public health work.

The programme will develop a more strategic understanding and, as such, it is a useful qualification for those who are interested in managerial or senior roles that are concerned with health and wellbeing in health care, social care, education, business or the voluntary sector.

The modules are mapped against the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework, thus meeting many of the ‘know-hows’ of the framework. This knowledge can be used towards your registration as a public health practitioner or a public health specialist.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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