Taught course

Public Policy and Management (distance learning)

Institution
SOAS University of London · SOAS University of London
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in a social science discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.

Months of entry

January, April, June, October

Course content

Our MSc Public Policy and Management programme will enable you with the conceptual tools and the practical skills to analyse, understand, and play a role in the policy and administrative process.

The modules of the programme will equip students with theoretical knowledge about policy-making, policy implementation, and the management of public sector entities. A variety of modules will provide students the possibility to deepen their understanding of more specific areas such as, for example, the management of human resources in the public sector, the public financial management process, the decentralisation of public functions and the collaboration between public and private entities. Along the way, students will develop capabilities to analyse, critically appraise and communicate which will provide valuable assets for their professional activity and career prospects.

The subject area of public policy and management refers to all systems, processes and tools that public authorities employ to fulfil citizens’ expectations and deliver public services. Whatever the domain of intervention – for example, from healthcare to energy or from poverty to environmental preservation – public authorities make decisions about how to assess the present state of affairs and future tendencies, whether anything should be done about them, and how they can use resources and mechanisms to steer the conduct of individuals, firms and NGOs towards the desired effects.

Why study MSc in Public Policy and Management at SOAS

  • we're ranked 11 in the UK and 2 in London for Business and Management by the Guardian University league table
  • programmes are delivered by a multicultural and international teaching body, who regularly publish in top international journals
  • you will develop an excellent understanding of key issues shaping international business strategy
  • we are specialists in the delivery of more that forty African and Asian languages. As the economies of the Global South continue to expand, knowledge of another language and other cultures will be a big asset in the world of commerce and international trade
  • you will be joining our community of alumni and academics who have an impact on the outside world of academia

As a graduate of this programme you will be well prepared for high positions in national and sub-national government sectors, international organisations, regional development and aid agencies, and NGOs.

Information for international students

For details, including English language requirements, please see SOAS website

Fees and funding

For details of postgraduate fees, please see SOAS website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    24 - 60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 - 60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    12 - 24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12 - 24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
CeFims Student Support
Email
cefims-studentsupport@soas.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7898 4202