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Global Public Policy and Management - EMPA

Course Description

UCL's School of Public Policy and NYU Wagner have created a unique partnership to offer the first truly joint degree designed for international civil servants. The robust blend of theoretical and applied policy analysis and management studies is intended to provide a distinctive edge enabling public service leaders to function with many actors in a global environment to devise and implement strategies for change.

Degree information

Students will spend the first semester at NYU Wagner in New York City, the Spring Term at UCL and the summer in locations across the globe working on a client-based Capstone project. Core modules bridge cutting-edge concepts and skills in policy analysis, management, implementation, and facilitating change. Students will then select from the offerings of both institutions to craft an approach best suited to their specific needs.

Students undertake modules to the value of 150 credits (equivalent to 30 credits at NYU or 75 ECTS credits).

The programme consists of four core modules (two at UCL and two at NYU), four optional modules (two at UCL and two at NYU) and a Capstone project.

Core modules
Term One at NYU Wagner
-Global Public Policy Analysis Reform
-Institutions, Governance, and Public Sector Reform

Term Two at UCL
-Strategy and Organisational Change
-Policy Implementation

Optional modules - students select two from NYU Wagner and two from UCL. The below are suggestions.
Term One at NYU Wagner
-Design Thinking: A Creative Approach to Problem Solving and Creating Impact
-Global Health Policy
-Conflict Management and Negotiation
-International Economic Development: Government Markets
-International Development Project Planning
-Politics of International Development
-Sustainable Cities

Term Two at UCL
-Agenda Setting and Public Policy
-Policy and Regulation in Europe
-Human Rights: Accountability and World Politics
-International Trade Policy
-Law and Regulation
-Making Policy Work
-Public Management: Theories and Innovations

Capstone Project
All students undertake a Capstone group project which allows them to expand on their own experiences, knowledge and skills acquired through the programme to deliver a concrete task for a public services organisation. The project can be conducted at an international organisation in the EU or USA.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations and educational visits e.g. the British Library. Assesment is through examinations, essays and the Capstone group project.


Graduates of this programme are likely to find themselves moving across a variety of international public, not-for-profit and private sector institutions during their careers in executive positions.

Students will improve their ability to craft effective solutions to problems in the face of global and local policy and management challenges. They will learn to balance advantages of public and private sector actors; promote successful inter-governmental co-operation at all levels; more effectively link policy analysis with policy implementation; and broadly ensure that policy is meeting its intended objectives and improving public welfare.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Global Public Policy and Management Executive MPA is an innovative world-class programme. Unlike many public policy and management programmes which remain focused on the domestic environment, this Executive MPA promotes internationalisation of the curriculum, student body and locations.

The combination of policy and management change skills and exposure to the world of practice, will provide a substantial and pedagogically distinctive experience.

The programme fosters a strong community and provides learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom. These cohort-based events include tailored orientation sessions, a dedicated lecture series with inspiring leaders in public service, advisory sessions, and departmental activities. Students also benefit from a strong alumni network across NYU Wagner and UCL.

Visit the Global Public Policy and Management - EMPA page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

As a minimum, a strong upper second-class (65%) Bachelor's degree from a UK university; a 3.33 GPA; or an equivalent international qualification is required. Relevant practical or work experience in a related field may also be taken into account.

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