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The Innovation, Public Policy and Public Value MPA teaches the competencies, capabilities and leadership skills needed for purpose-driven organisations - in public, private and civil sectors - to confront the grand challenges of the 21st century.

About this degree

As a graduate of the programme, you will help organisations refocus themselves to become mission-led, driven by public purpose, and able to welcome and manage the explorative and risk-taking processes that structural change, innovation and socio-economic transformation require. Key to this process is a rethinking of public and societal value: how to create it, how to nurture it (within organisations) and how to evaluate it. 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits

The programme is divided over three terms in one academic year, with four compulsory (90 credits) and two optional taught modules (30 credits) plus a final project (60 credits). 

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MPA in Innovation, Public Policy and Public Value.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Tackling grand challenges, ranging from climate change to health care for aging populations, requires organisations to be fully equipped to co-create markets together and to understand the opportunities for technological, organisational and social innovations. Our MPA programme provides a state of the art curriculum and policy toolkit for shaping this dynamic world.  

Studying this globally unique programme, you will gather an in-depth understanding of the economics of innovation, technological, social and institutional innovations, and cutting-edge thinking around public administration and governance, strategic design and digital transformation. A cross-cutting theme throughout the programme is new economic thinking needed for tackling key 21st century challenges.

You will help organisations overcome the following challenges: how can we create and articulate a sense of shared public purpose; how can we manage complex accountabilities and relationships with multiple stakeholders; how can we lead long-term change in organisations and systems; and how to mobilise people within and outside organisation to engage with the need for change.


For the final project, students have the option to go on a placement, during term 3 organised by the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures and seminars; the assessment is based on personal and group presentations, reports, papers, and examinations.


The programme is aimed at teaching the competencies, capabilities and leadership skills needed for purpose-driven organisations in all sectors -- public, private and civil organisations. 


Graduates from the MPA will possess a unique skill set in public policy, organisational and institutional innovation, new models of innovation policy (mission-oriented innovation), and strategic design and digital transformation of public services. Many public sector organisations, policy think tanks and other policy analysis organisations, NGOs and increasingly also large private organisations are looking for employees who are well versed and skilled in new ways of justifying, evaluating and implementing public policies. Graduates will have strong analytical and leadership skills.

Visit the Innovation, Public Policy and Public Value MPA page on the University College London website for more details!