Taught course

Innovation, Public Policy and Public Value

UCL - University College London · Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

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Entry requirements

UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate Arts and Humanities, Social Science and Economics, and Engineering subjects awarded with an Upper Second-class Honours (2:1), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Months of entry


Course content

The Innovation, Public Policy and Public Value MPA teaches the competencies, capabilities and leadership skills needed for purpose-driven organisations - in public, private and civil sectors - to confront the grand challenges of the 21st century.

Tackling grand challenges, ranging from climate change to health care for aging populations, requires public sector organisations to be fully equipped to co-create markets and to understand the opportunities for technological, organisational and social innovations. Our MPA programme provides a state-of-the-art curriculum and policy toolkits for shaping this dynamic world.

Studying this globally unique programme, you will gather an in-depth understanding of the economics of innovation, technological, social and institutional innovations, and cutting-edge thinking around public administration and governance, strategic design and digital transformation. A cross-cutting theme throughout the programme is new economic thinking needed for tackling key 21st century challenges.

You will learn the skills to help organisations overcome the following challenges: how can we create and articulate a sense of shared public purpose; how can we manage complex accountabilities and relationships with multiple stakeholders; how can we lead long-term change in organisations and systems; and how can we mobilise people within and outside organisations to engage with the need for change.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPA
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


The programme is delivered through lectures and seminars; the assessment is based on personal and group presentations, reports and papers.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3108 9018