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MSc Public Policy and Management

Course Description

This programme provides students with the analytical tools needed to understand the principles and methods of modern public policy and management, and enable them to make financial decisions and policy choices in the financing and management of infrastructure and services in the public sector. Students take courses in Public Policy and Strategy, Public Policy and Management, Managing Organisational Change. Perspectives and Issues, and Research Methods. In addition, students have the possibility to take courses on Public Financial Management: Planning and Performance, Public Financial Management: Revenues, Public Financial Management: Financial Reporting, Public Financial Management (Audit and Compliance), Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets, and Managerial Accounting. The programme aims to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the core principles of public policy and public management, and with a development of capabilities and skills to apply theoretical and domain knowledge to problems encountered in public sector organisations.

Visit the website http://www.soas.ac.uk/finance-and-management/programmes/msc-in-public-policy-and-management/


The MSc Public Policy and Management has three components:

1. Four core courses to the value of 2.0 units
2. Elective course(s) to the value of 1.0 unit
3. Dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved topic (1 unit)

The 10,000-word dissertation is worth 25% of your final mark. During term 2 you will submit your dissertation proposal and select an academic supervisor. Over the ensuing months you should meet with your supervisor at least three times before the end of term 3 for guidance. The bulk of your dissertation will be written over the summer to meet the mid-September deadline.

Not all elective courses are offered every year; please check your preferences with the Programme Convenor. Also note that if half units are selected, one term 1 course and one term 2 course needs to be chosen.

- Part-time Study

Part-time students are required to complete three of the core courses during their first year, then one core and two elective courses plus the dissertation during the second year.

Those enrolled on the three-year programme are required to complete three of the core courses during their first year, one core and two elective courses in the second year, and the dissertation in the third year.


Building on the distance learning version of the programme, the Department of Financial and Management Studies (DeFiMS) maintains close links with employers in both the United Kingdom and abroad. We expect that many of our graduates will be employed as civil servants in central government administrations, governmental agencies, local governments, NGOs, super-national organisations, and consulting firms.

Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)

Welcome to the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences at SOAS. The faculty is the largest in the School in terms of student and staff numbers and consists of the departments of Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Studies and the School of Law, as well as the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Sciences, the Centre for Gender Studies, the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, the Centre of Taiwan Studies and a number of department-specific centres. All five departments offer undergraduate programmes, and all but Finance and International Management offer joint undergraduate degrees which can be combined with other disciplines from across the School. Each department also offers a range of masters-level programmes with a regional or disciplinary specialism, as well as a postgraduate research programme. The range of course options and combinations is one of the most distinctive characteristics of studying at SOAS and all students are given the option of studying an Asian or African language, either as part of or on top of their degree.

Staff in the faculty come from all over the world and combine regional knowledge with disciplinary specialisms. Teaching draws heavily on academic staff’s individual research which allows the faculty to maintain a large portfolio of courses, often exploring cutting-edge issues. Many faculty members have played a significant part in public debates and policy-making in relation to Asia and Africa. Academics in the faculty are regularly consulted by governments, public bodies and multilateral organisations including the United Nations and the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, European Commission, DFID and other country-specific organisations and NGOs.

-Excellent student satisfaction for Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) at SOAS, University of London has performed extremely well according to the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS).

School of Finance and Management (FAM)

We are a leading centre for research in finance and management that aims to enhance theoretical and empirical understanding of finance and management in a global context. Our research combines specialist knowledge of financial and management systems in Asia, Africa and the Middle East with more conventional international analysis of Europe and the Americas. We draw on a long tradition of management research that dates from Edith Penrose’s pioneering work in the 1950’s on the theory of the growth of the firm, large international corporations, oil economies, patents, innovation and economic development, to our present day focus on key topics in international finance and management.

View Degree Programmes - http://www.soas.ac.uk/finance-and-management/programmes/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/

Visit the MSc Public Policy and Management page on the SOAS University of London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Stephen Gedion

CeFiMS offered me a truly unique experience of top class education combined with the opportunity to achieve my full potential – professionally and intellectually. … As a working professional, the distance education made it easier for me to juggle between work and study and I thoroughly enjoyed interacting virtually through online portals and virtual sessions with students spread across the globe. I never felt that I missed my regular college session with ‘classroom’ experience. The tutors were friendly, interactive, and motivated students with their guidance and help. My studies in Public Policy & Management gave me an insight into the functions of the public sector, the backbone of any economy, which was very useful, and I could relate my studies extensively to my work at the Indian Embassy in London.

Stephen Gedion, Indian Embassy, London

(Student Profile)

Olimpia Dumitru

My experience at CeFiMS was excellent. I had already worked for over five years in the public service and I wanted to advance my knowledge and acquire new skills in order to advance in my career. I believe I have made the best choice in selecting the MSc in Public Policy & Management. Immediately after I finished my studies, I applied for a better job with confidence and was successful in securing this new employment position. The Masters degree gave me that additional asset that any employer is looking for when recruiting their professional staff.

I found the programme very well structured; the course units were well balanced with a good deal of reading material appropriately selected, helping me understand how governments implement and manage policies to address both global and local issues of concern.

The distance learning mode is a very efficient way to study, especially for someone like me who had a full-time job and a family to look after. It allowed me the flexibility to arrange my time to do my studies and balance my work and personal life. Both the academic and administrative staff were very supportive. Futhermore, being in a “virtual” class with colleagues from all around the world meant that we could exchange ideas and share opinions and examples of our own governments’ policies.

All in all, a very beneficial and enlightening experience!

Olimpia Dumitru, Toronto, Canada


Canon Collins Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

These scholarships are for Masters study in any subject field.
The application process normally opens in December and closes in February, for study commencing in September the following year. Please go to the Canon Collins website and click "Apply for A Scholarship" and then "Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK" for further information on how to apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

See website


Country/Nationality: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Application Procedure

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Further Information



SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Law and Social Sciences - 16 Awards

There are six SOAS Master's scholarships available in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. Each is valued at £16,765 each in total. Fees will be deducted from this amount and the remainder will be used toward maintenance. In addition to these six SOAS Master's scholarship, the Faculty will offer an extra 10 scholarships, each valued at approximately £1,500.Candidate Assessment:
- Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by an Advisory Panel consisting of at least three academic members of the Faculty. - The assessment of your application will be based on the information provided in your scholarship application and in your on-line admission application for admission. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information.Scholarship Application Deadline
- Scholarship applications must be received no later than 17:00 (UK local time) on 24 February 2016. - In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must ALSO submit a complete online application to the degree programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for the scholarship. Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. - You should prepare to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- Applicants must possess or expect to be awarded a First Class Honours Degree or equivalent. Students with a non-UK degree to be adjudged in the top rank by their referees and transcript.
- This scholarship is open to UK/EU applicants only.
- Applicants must have an offer of admission to pursue one of the eligible full-time masters programmes at SOAS by the scholarship application deadline.
- The scholarship cannot be held along with any other major scholarship or studentship.

Application Procedure

You must apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Minimum first degree with good grades in any subject equivalent to a UK upper second class honours

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