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Public Policy and Management MSc

Course Description

Public Policy & Management is comparative and international in focus. The MSc equips you to understand and evaluate policy options for organising and delivering contemporary public services. The programme is for both mid-career managers and recent graduates planning to enter public and voluntary sector Non Governmental Organisations.

Key benefits

• Unrivalled location in the centre of London.

• Regular and senior speakers from UK-based government departments, public sector bodies, NGOs and policy-making units who discuss the implementation and evaluation of public services policy.

• Offers opportunities to select different public service areas for in-depth study, drawing on King's-wide expertise.

• Combines in-depth treatment of underlying principles with practical applications, including Human Resource Management and Design of Programme Evaluations.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/public-policy-and-management-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Comparative and international in focus, our programme is suitable both for career professionals and for recent social science graduates. It is built around core modules and options, and collaborative internships are also available to selected students. The core modules, some of which are taught with the MA Public Policy, are: Organisation and Management of the Public Services; Economics of the Public Services; The Policy Process; and Research Methods (quantitative and qualitative). Optional modules relate to specific public service areas, including health and education but also include in-depth modules on Comparative Public Policy; Strategic Management in the Public Services; and People Management and Leadership in the Public Services. You may take options from more than one area. (Some optional modules are provided by other departments. Places on such non-departmental options may be capped.)

There is an emphasis on effective provision of public services (including their evaluation) and on the lessons of the 'new public management'; by comparison, the MA Public Policy emphasises the analysis and understanding of the political process.

Seminars are central to our course and focus on current research and policy implementation. They involve senior policymakers and practitioners including individuals actively involved with current UK government policymaking. There is an active alumni network which organises events during the year, including seminars for current students.

- Course purpose -

Our MSc equips you to understand and evaluate policy options for organising and delivering high-quality public services. It combines study of theoretical concepts with analysis of real-world policies and their lessons for managers and policymakers.

- Course format and assessment -

Required Modules:

- Research Methods in Public Policy Management
- Dissertation
- Organisations And Management Of The Public Services
- The Economics Of The Public Services
- The Policy Process

Mixture of examination and written coursework.

Career prospects

Students are employed in a variety of public sector management and policy-oriented positions and there is an active alumni network. Examples of past student's current occupations include: working in the policy and analysis section of a large London embassy; health service management positions with responsibility for multi-million pound budgets; policy adviser to the chairman of a major transport organisation; senior analyst in the ministry of industry and trade of a developing country; member of a national legislature; policy development for a large NGO; running a policy website. Students have usually progressed to higher level management positions and overseas students typically return home to new fast-track governmental and public service positions which build on their expertise.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Public Policy and Management MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A high 2:1/1st undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) is usually required in a social science related area e.g. management, economics, sociology, or relevant experience in public sector management. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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