Public Policy and Management (MSc)
Our MSc Public Policy & Management is comparative and international in focus, and equips you to understand and evaluate policy options for organising and delivering contemporary public services. It is for both mid-career managers and recent graduates planning to enter the public and voluntary sectors as well as non governmental organisations.
- Unrivalled location in the centre of London.
- Regular and senior speakers from UK-based government departments, public sector bodies, NGOs and policymaking units who discuss the implementation and evaluation of public services policy.
- Opportunities for internships and the chance to study different public service areas in-depth, drawing on King’s-wide expertise.
- Combines in-depth treatment of underlying principles with practical applications, including human resource management and design of programme evaluations.
Comparative and international in focus, our programme is suitable both for career professionals and for recent social science graduates. It is built around compulsory modules and options, and collaborative internships are also available to selected students. The compulsory modules are: Organisation and Management of the Public Services; Economics of the Public Services; The Policy-making Process; Research Methods in Public Policy and Management and Social Entrepreneurship. Optional modules relate to specific public service areas, including health and education but may also include in-depth modules on Comparative Public Policy; Strategic Management in the Public Services; and People Management and Leadership in the Public Services. You may take options from more than one area. (Some optional modules are provided by other departments. Places on such non-departmental options may be capped.)
The overall emphasis is on effective provision of public services (including their evaluation) and on the lessons of the ‘new public management’.
Seminars are central to our course and focus on current research and policy implementation. They involve senior policymakers and practitioners including individuals actively involved with current UK government policymaking. There is an active alumni network which organises events during the year, including seminars for current students.
Our MSc equips you to understand and evaluate policy options for organising and delivering high-quality public services. It combines study of theoretical concepts with analysis of real-world policies and their lessons for managers and policymakers.
Course format and assessment
- Social Entrepreneurship- 50% coursework / 40% business plan (team project)/ 10% team presentation
- Organisation and Management of the Public Services – 3-hour unseen examination
- Economics of Public Services – 3-hour unseen examination
- Research Methods for the Public Services – 100 per cent coursework
- The Policy Process – 100 per cent coursework
- Key Issues in Health Policy – 50 per cent coursework / 50 per cent examination
- Strategic Management in the Public Services – 30 per cent group project and presentation / 70% examination
- Education and Training: Policy & Programmes – 50 per cent coursework / 50 per cent examination
- People Management and Leadership in the Public Services – 50 per cent coursework / 50 per cent examination
A high 2:1/1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) is usually required in a social science related area eg management, economics, sociology, or relevant experience in public sector management.
Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.
Your application will be assessed by academic staff in the department; we aim to process all applications within four to six weeks, but during February, March and holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.
Personal statement and supporting information
Application closing date
We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017. Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
- Full time UK fees: £10,950 p.a. (2017/18)*
- Full time overseas fees: £19,650 p.a. (2017/18)*
- Part time UK fees: £5,475 p.a. (2017/18)*
- Part time overseas fees: £9,825 p.a. (2017/18)*
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
- If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
- If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
- If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
- If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King’s Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.