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Public Service Management (MSc)

Course Description

This Masters degree is specifically designed for individuals who work in or with public service related organisations.

You will examine the challenges faced in public service, making strong links between academic theory and management practice to establish a relevant context. You will also specialise in a key area through your chosen dissertation topic.

The University has a long tradition of providing high-quality courses in public service management, and has successfully delivered such postgraduate programmes for over 20 years.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/306-msc-public-service-management

What you will study

Stage 1 – Postgraduate Certificate

- Managing Resources and Projects
Develop the capability of dealing with current issues associated with resourcing the UK public sector.

- Managing People and Organisations in the Public Sector
Analyse key concepts in organisational behaviour and management and evaluate these in a public sector context.

- Strategy and Leadership
Critically evaluate various approaches to strategy and leadership in the public service context and gain the practical skills to lead and manage services effectively.

Stage 2 – Postgraduate Diploma
You will study the equivalent of three full modules:

- Policy and Innovation
Develop an awareness of different theoretical approaches to public policy making and the ability to promote reflective thinking around public service innovation.
- Partnership, Improvement and Delivery
Critically appraise recent approaches to managing and improving performance. You’ll examine and analyse the opportunities and constraints of providing collaborative public services.

- Conducting Research
Develop your ability to plan, execute and write up a piece of research whilst gaining a critical understanding of the nature of social and policy research.

Stage 3 – MSc

You will complete a dissertation on a topic you have selected.

Learning and teaching methods

You can study full-time or part-time. Full-time study involves completing the six taught modules and the dissertation over one full academic year. There will be 12 class contact hours delivered over two days each week.

For part-time students, the taught component is delivered over two academic years, with a commitment of around six hours on one day each week. You can expect to complete the course over three academic years, but our flexible modular structure allows you to study at your own pace and combine study with work and/or personal commitments.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

If you are a manager, or aspire to a position of significant managerial responsibility in a public, quasi-public or voluntary organisation, this course will develop your understanding, competence and confidence as a manager.

The course will improve your ability to manage projects effectively, from setting objectives and producing plans to analysis and evaluation.

Upon graduation, not only can you be confident in your knowledge and understanding of the role of a manager within the public sector, but, you will have the key transferable skills to enable you to deliver best practice in the workplace.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by coursework for each module, usually through work-based assignments that involve the application of academic theory to work practice.

Visit the Public Service Management (MSc) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will usually be expected to have an Honours degree of class 2:2 or above in any discipline. For applicants who do not possess a degree, a minimum of two years’ middle management experience with associated training, may be taken into account via the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)/Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) mechanism (University regulations will apply). If you have relevant prior qualifications, you could obtain exemptions from certain modules.

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