MSc Public Policy and Management

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MSc Public Policy and Management

SOAS University of London

MSc Public Policy and Management

Duration: One calendar year (full-time). Two or Three calendar years (part-time)

Entry Requirements: Minimum first degree with good grades in any subject equivalent to a UK upper second class honors.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

The programme aims to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the core principles of public policy and public management and with the tools to apply knowledge to solve problems in the public sector. These competencies and skills are extremely important to cope with the challenges that governments, public sector agencies, NGOs, and businesses face nowadays. From migration to the eradication of poverty, from unemployment to the development of energy power, the many issues that societies encounter call for the capacity to analyze, understand and formulate interventions to bring about improvements to the living conditions of the many. The core modules of this programme will provide you with the means to tackle issues of policy-making and implementation, strategy in the public sector, and managing organizational change.


Students must take 180 credits. These are composed of 120 taught credits comprising a core and optional modules and a 60 credit dissertation.

The MSc Public Policy and Management has three components of 60 credits each:

  1. Four core modules
  2. Four option modules
  3. Dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved topic

The 10,000-word dissertation is worth 33% of your final mark. During term 2 you will submit your dissertation proposal and be allocated 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 option modules are offered every year; please check your preferences with the Programme Convenor. Also note when selecting modules that these should be chosen in pairs, one in term 1 and one in term 2.

Part-time Study

Part-time students over two years usually complete their core modules in the 1st year and their options in the 2nd year with their dissertation. Part-time students over 3 years will usually complete their core modules in year 1, option modules in year 2 and their dissertation in year 3.

Core Modules

  • Public Policy and Management: Perspectives and Issues 15PFMC094 15 Term 1
  • Public Policy and Strategy 15PFMC095 15 Term 2
  • Managing Organisational Change 15PFMC089 15 Term 2
  • Research methods in management 15PFMC062 15 Term 2

Elective Modules

  • Public Financial Management: Planning and Performance 15PFMC090 15 Term 2
  • Public Financial Management: Financial Reporting (IPSAS) 15PFMC091 15 Term 1
  • Public Financial Management: Revenue 15PFMC09215 Term 1
  • Macroeconomic Policy and Financial markets 15PFMC08715 Term 1
  • Public Financial Management: Audit and Compliance 15PFMC093 0.5
  • Managerial Accounting 15PFMC088 0.5 - Not Running 2018/19
  • International human resource management 15PFMC078 15 Term 1


This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
11,855 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £11,855; Full-time Overseas Fees: £19,845 per academic year
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019