The programme is designed to enable you to:

  • Respond to current challenges affecting public management and administration. Drawing upon their professional roles, knowledge, experience and understanding of the social, political and historical context of public management, you will be better prepared to deliver public services within the context of discontinuity, change and reform.
  • Deliver policy effectively and efficiently. Through developing an understanding of networks, stakeholders and agents that form the backbone of multi-level governance, including those from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, you will be able to actively identify and influence policy outcomes that relate to your organisational goals.
  • Design, lead and manage change within your own and networked teams and organisations. You will develop an understanding of classic and contemporary organisational theory to enable you to ‘read’ organisations and to steer and manage within an increasingly complex, uncertain and ambiguous networked mode of policymaking, strategic thinking and public service delivery.
  • Design and deliver projects and programmes that achieve their intended policy outcomes.  You will develop an understanding of how to identify and respond to strategic demands for project interventions and how to differentiate between successful project management and successful project outcomes, enabling you to manage successful strategic policy planning, implementation and delivery.
  • Develop as a reflective practitioner to enable your own continuous learning and development, and that of colleagues and communities of practice, throughout your career.  This is therefore a cross cutting theme throughout the programme, emphasised in particular in the first year through a combination of theoretical input and reflective exercises that anchor the learning process in your workplace.
  • Assess the complex social, political, and economic factors shaping the development of new ICTs and their diffusion, and analyse their impact in your organisational or personal context.

Study Details:

2 years, part time, online.

Module Details:

Compulsory modules:

  • Public Management and Delivery
  • Governance and Public Administration
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leading and Managing Organisational Change
  • Reflective Practice for Professional Development – part one (10 credits)
  • Reflective Practice for Professional Development – part two (10 credits)
  • This module also begins with a two-week online discussion.  Digital Government: Policy and Practice (10 credits)
  • Dissertation proposal (10 credits)

Optional modules (20 credits)

You will have opportunity to take 1 of these optional modules:

  • Project Management
  • Public Service Reform: Economic and Political Perspectives


  • The programme concludes with a 12,000 word Dissertation (40 credits)



Standard fee: £11,310

Entry Requirements

Academic background
A good second class (undergraduate) degree or equivalent qualification.  Applicants without undergraduate experience may also be considerd if they have sufficient professional background.

Professional experience
Professional managerial experience is required in the public service field.  This includes roles in government at national and local level, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services.

English Language
If you are not from a majority English speaking country (as defined by the UK Home Office) you will need to show evidence that you meet the university English language requirements.

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