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MSc Public Policy and Management

Programme summary
Programme Director:Dr Alberto Asquer
Duration:2–5 years
Fee:£10,080. For full information on fees and payment options, visit our Fees page.
Programme start:November / January / March / May / July

Programme description

The MSc Public Policy and Management will provide you with the analytical tools that you need to understand the principles and methods of modern public policy and management, and enable you to make financial decisions and policy choices in the financing and management of infrastructure and services in the public sector. You can choose eight modules in any combination, enabling you to select a study path that is best suited to your specialism, skills and objectives. You also have the option to study research methods and write a dissertation, under expert supervision, based on your interests or on issues in your place of work.

If you have any further questions about the overall programme content and its suitability for you, please email cefimsadmin@soas.ac.uk.

Modules and programme structure

You will choose eight modules from those listed below. There is also the option to write a 10,000 word dissertation, subject to satisfactory completion of the Research Methods module.

Career opportunities

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.

Study schedule

This programme takes a minimum of two years to complete. Each of the modules lasts eight weeks. You are registered for five years.

Entry requirements

Education and experience

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.

Language requirements

For all of our modules you are required to have a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.

If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability. You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed any of the following within the past three years:

  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 or above, including a minimum of 7.0 on the written sub-test
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) with an overall score of 67 or above, including a minimum of 67 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening elements
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with an overall score of 185 or above, including a minimum of 185 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening sub-tests
  • (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language with an overall score of 95 or above, including a minimum of 24 attained on the reading and writing skills sub-tests and a minimum of 25 attained on the speaking sub-test and 22 attained on the listening sub-test.

You are required to have internet access to participate in this programme.

What next?

To make an application, or to find out more about fees and our admissions procedure, please visit the Apply section of this website.