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MPP and MPA Programs

Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) - MPPM 

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The Institute of Policy Studies is one of 14 faculties and institutes in Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

Curriculum Design: The Brunei IPS MPPM program has a number of innovative features. It is the only program among the hundred reviewed on the Atlas that has a mandatory semester at another institution. The program is intensive, lasting 18 months. We have estimated the graduating requirement to be equivalent to 16 one-semester courses, putting the Brunei MPPM among the higher course requirements for the MPP/MPA programs. Our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students take about 72% of their course work in policy-oriented subjects and 18% in management-oriented subjects. Typical students take about 23% of their course work in subjects with high math-economics content. This places the Brunei MPPM in the "high course requirement, highly policy-oriented, higher math-economics content" curricular type, along with such programs as the Columbia MPA and the UCLA MPP (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types).

Professional Program Features: The program website does not provide detail on professional program features such as the role of professors of practice, career services or research initiatives.

Program Summary


University: Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)

Location: Brunei Darussalam. 

"Brunei Darussalam, meaning ‘The Abode of Peace’, is a country that many may know as an oil-rich sultanate on the third largest island in the world, but Brunei Darussalam is much more than that. Brunei Darussalam is located on the northern shore of Borneo island, bordered by the South China Sea and the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Geographically, Brunei Darussalam is comprised of two parts, with a total area of 5,765 sq km. It is divided into 4 districts, and the capital city is Bandar Seri Begawan." (At, accessed 15 March 2015.)

Degree: Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)

Marketing Approach: "As part of UBD's vision in becoming a first class international university, the Master of Public Policy and Management has been designed to cater to individuals seeking to make influential and relevant impacts in public affairs, offering concentrations in Islamic Governance, Energy and Environmental Policy and Management. The MPPM is an 18-month programme which the students will spend 12 months in UBD and the third semester in one of the partner policy schools in the United States of America: McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University; School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University; and Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley." (At, accessed 15 March 2015.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: This is a new program. The website states that "The second cohort of MPPM will begin in December 2014."

Academic Unit within University: The MPPM is delivered by the Institute of Policy Studies, one of 14 faculties and institutes in the university. "The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam is focused on offering graduate degree program on public policy and management, facilitating applied public policy research, and delivering training in policy areas.  IPS pursues five strategic aims: (i) Advanced research on mainstream and specialized public policy areas; (ii) Graduate degree program on Public Policy and Management; (iii) Training in policy arenas; (iv) Conference, Seminar and publication; and (v) Networking and institutional collaboration." (At, accessed 15 March 2015.)

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The UBC IPS "draws on academics from all faculties at UBD and policy experts from Brunei Darussalam and overseas to offer a unique cross-disciplinary learning and research environment to local, regional and international students as well as the research community."

Posted Tuition: The tuition schedule for a Master's Degree by Coursework only (Non-Laboratory Based) is B$3,000 (US$2,160 at March 2015 exchange rates) for the program. At, accessed 15 March 2015.

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

MPPM Degree Requirements

Summary: The duration of the MPPM programme is 18 months. The student will study at Universiti Brunei Darussalam for the first two semesters (12 months) and will thereafter undertake a semester in one of the four partner schools in the United States, followed by a two-week study visit to Washington, D.C. A student must accumulate a minimum of 60 modular credits (MCs) to qualify for the award of the degree, which are made of 38 MCs of Core Modules, 16 MCs from Optional Modules, 6 MCs of Public Policy Analysis Project (2MCs for Preparation and 4MCs for Final Report and Presentation).

Duration: 18 months (two semesters at Universiti Brunei Darussalam followed by one semester at one of the four partner institutions in the USA.

Academic Prerequisite: Normally an Upper Second Class Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam or a university recognised by the Senate of the UBD with at least 5 years relevant working experience. A Lower Second Class Bachelor’s Degree holder with at least 5 years relevant working experience will also be considered for entry. As well, a minimum English qualification of GCE ‘O’ Level Credit 6 or IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 is required, and a minimum Mathematics qualification of GCE ‘O’ Level Credit 6 or one “pass” in a subsequent level mathematics subject is essential.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 16. See Note 1.

Note 1: 60 credits are required to graduate. We are assuming that students take electives worth 12 credits (4 one-semester courses) during their semester at one of the partnering programs in the United States. This leaves 48 credits to be taken at Brunei's IPS. We are provisionally assuming that a 4-MC IPS course is equivalent to a one-semester course in North America. Most of the course are 4MC course, which the Student Handbook describes as having 4 contact hours per week with a student workload of 8 hours per week. This makes the 48 credits taken at the IPS as equivalent to 12 one-semester courses, for a total of IPS plus partner semester of 16 courses.

Number of Required Courses: 9.5 (This is the number shown in the Course Calendar in the Student Handbook, and is consistent with the stated requirement of 38 MCs.

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 7.5

Number of Courses Offered within Program: 19

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: Policy analysis project report.

Internship Required: No

International Study Required: Yes, the third semester is spent at a partner school in the United States. 

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Not described on the website.

Student-run Journal: Not described on the website.

Applied Projects: Not described on the website.

Pro Bono Consulting: Not described on the website.

Courses Offered: The full list of courses is found at in the Student Handbook at, accessed 15 March 2015.

Course Material Online: The Student Handbook contains one sentence descriptions but further detail is not available to the public online. 

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.   



I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree


Number of required courses


Number of elective courses taken


Number of elective courses offered


Enrolment weight of elective courses


Number of courses provided from within the program


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Policy and Management Analysis


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Macroeconomic Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among

      Curricular Type Groupings of Subjects

Policy-Oriented Subjects


Management-Oriented Subjects


Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets)


Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects  (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP)


Archetypal International Affairs Subjects  (I&GC, ID, DS&FR)


IV. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Courses in "NASPAA-Required Subjects"


V. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed



Source: At and related sites (accessed 15 March 2015).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 15 March 2015 and updated by Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

Brunei IPS MPPM Course Map
Courses Offered, listed by Public Policy and Management Subject

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  KP5104 Public Policy Analysis (R)
  KP5302 Managing Policy Change and Leadership

 Economic Analysis

  KP5108 Economic Foundation for Policy Studies (R)

 Quantitative Methods

  KP5114 Statistics and Data Analysis for Policy Makers (R)
  KP5115 Quantitative Skill Workshop (0.5)

 Analytic Methods

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

  KP5106 Negotiation, Communications Skills (R)

Multiple Subjects

 Policy Analysis Exercise

  KP5113 Policy Analysis Project (0.5) (R)
  KP5113 Policy Analysis Exercise (R)


  1 two-MC course at Brunei ITC
  4 one-semester courses at US Partner School

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  KP5110 Comparative Governance (R)
  KP-5301 Political & International Context of Policy Making

 Ethics and Accountability

 Socioeconomic and Political Context

  KP5109 Political Islam (R)
  KP5306 The Madinian Policy - Visions of Islamic Governance

 Global Context

  KP5303 International Relations and Global Development
  KP5305 Socio-Economic Governance and Globalisation
  Global Public Management (Leslie Pal, Brunei IPS, June 2015)

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  KP5107 Publicl Sector Finance (R)

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

 Social Policy and Welfare


  KP5304 Global Health and Policy


 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development


  KP5111 Environmental Policy and Management

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  KP5112 Energy Policy and Management (R)

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  KP5307 Islamin International Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

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