The programme will enable you to:

  • Make sense of and respond to current challenges in public management, drawing on an understanding of continuities, change and reform in the public and non-profit sectors.
  • Analyse and influence policy options and processes by applying the tools of policy analysis to real world examples and case studies.  
  • Assess and explain the complex layers of organisations, stakeholders and agents that form multi-level governance networks, in order to contribute to effective policy-making and public management.
  • Design, plan, implement and evaluate robust and multi-sectoral policies, projects and  programmes, drawing on an understanding of the role of evidence, institutions and ideas in shaping policy-making, and of how to lead and influence change within and across organisations.
  • Assess the complex social, political, and economic factors shaping the development of new digital technologies and their diffusion, and analyse their impact on public sector organisations.
  • Become an effective life-long learner and reflective practitioner.  This is a cross-cutting theme throughout the programme, emphasised through a combination of theoretical input and reflective exercises that anchor the learning process in the workplace.

Study Details:

2 years, part time, online

Module Details:

Compulsory modules:

  • Public Management and Delivery (20 credits)
  • Governance and Public Administration (20 credits)
  • Policy Analysis and Process (20 credits)
  • Reflective Practice for Professional Development – part one (10 credits)
  • Reflective Practice for Professional Development – part two (10 credits)
  • Digital Government: Policy and Practice (10 credits)
  • Dissertation proposal (10 credits)

Optional modules (all 20 credits)

You will have opportunity to take 2 optional modules, see timetable for availability:

  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Globalisation and Social Policy
  • Leading and Managing Organisational Change
  • Project Management
  • Public Finance
  • Public Service Reform: Economic and Political Perspectives
  • Social Policy: Evidence, Ideas and Institutions
  • Work, Welfare and Citizenship


A 12,000 word Dissertation to close the programme (40 credits)



Standard Masters 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
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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