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MSc Public Management and Governance

About the MSc programme

The MSc Public Management and Governance is a one-year programme designed to provide an in-depth interdisciplinary education focused on developing, delivering, and evaluating public policy programmes. Taught by public management specialists, the programme is designed with employers in mind and we strengthen our students’ fundamental professional skills in reasoning clearly about complex issues and situations, designing institutions and practices, communicating effectively across diverse arenas of action, and understanding the publicly governed organisations which play crucial roles in public policy programmes.

The programme builds on the School’s international reputation in public policy across a number of academic disciplines, providing an interdisciplinary education in the field of public management around leading, managing, and overseeing ambitious publicly organised undertakings.

Our students will develop skills to use their knowledge in responding to policy and management challenges in internationally diverse practice settings. The programme is designed with an international focus, with a globally diverse student cohort enriching the international context in the learning experience.

The programme includes courses concerned with practices for advising governments about policy problems and choices, accelerating organisational change, and delivering public value. Group work on real-world projects with sponsors such as the World Bank, KPMG and the UK Department of Health provides valuable experience in the practical challenges of managing and governing organisations in a public service context.

The programme attracts pre-career applicants with a high level of academic achievement, as well as mid-career applicants with significant accomplishments in public service, giving diversity of age and experience within the class.

Programme details

Key features of the programme include:

  • critical thinking skills about approaches to public sector practices
  • skills in designing programmes, projects, organisations, and institutional systems
  • skills in utilising diverse analytical techniques and managerial practices
  • multidisciplinary, dedicated compulsory courses
  • critical analysis of practical experience, using case studies
  • guidance of research projects
  • access to the School's vast range of courses in management, public policy and economics
  • an in-depth understanding of:
    • strategy and institutional development in the public sector
    • formal approaches to policy analysis
    • accounting and financial management
    • information systems and innovation
    • employee relations and organisational behaviour

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

In addition to the compulsory courses, students also customise their programme to their own academic interests by choosing courses to the value of one and a half units from a wide range of options provided by departments across the School, including Management, Accounting, International Development, Law, Social Policy and Sociology.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Public Management and Governance in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

The programme is designed with employers in mind, and our students have gone on to work in government and the public sector in their home countries, international agencies and professional services firms.

Upon graduation, MSc Public Management and Governance students will be prepared to enter staff and junior managerial positions in governments, multilateral organisations, consultancies and NGOs engaged in public action.

Over time, students should be able to reach executive positions in public service organisations inside government; senior management positions in organisations contracting with governmental bodies, including consultancies; senior staff positions in multilateral organisations; and expert advisers to professional bodies concerned with public management.


Application code: N2U7 (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

Duration: 12 months full-time only

Intake/applications in 2014: 41/345

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 or equivalent, preferably in social sciences. Preference will be given to applicants with some work experience or student involvement in activities relevant to this degree (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £24,936; overseas £25,440

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support), plus some scholarships

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions

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