University College London, School of Public Policy (SPP) - MPA, MScPP
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University: University College London
Location: London, England, UK
Degree: MPA in Public Administration and Management; MSc in Public Policy
Marketing Approach: MPA: "This Master of Public Administration combines extensive coverage of the field with a strong focus on managing public services and leadership skills. Participants are exposed to policy and management problems facing public organisations, or related non-profit and private firms. The programme’s sequence of modules and real-world fieldwork opportunities foster the managerial skills needed to meet the demands of managing today’s public, non-profit, and private organisations. The applied, problem-based approach blends new theoretical developments and practice, with a view toward managing public policies domestically and overseas. Participants will develop key management skills to administer and implement public policies; gain critical abilities to analyse public policies; develop an understanding of leadership skills; gain understanding of a range of institutional designs to deliver public services; and, using a case approach, advance their strategic decision-making skills." (At http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/teaching/masters/mpa, accessed 17 May 2015.)
MScPP: "An in-depth understanding of policy-making in democracies, including the changing nature of governance, and the theoretical, practical and ethical questions surrounding the future role of the state.” (At http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/teaching/masters/msc-in-public-policy, accessed 5 September 2014). “The MSc degree in Public Policy at UCL aims to contribute to the education of a new generation of public policy-makers and policy analysts, familiarising them with the necessary concepts, theories, methods and principles involved in the formulation and analysis of public policy. The course aims to equip students with the theoretical tools and empirical evidence necessary for an in-depth understanding of policy-making in democracies, including the changing nature of governance and the theoretical, practical and ethical questions surrounding the future role of the state. The course is also highly interdisciplinary and this provides students with the opportunity to address some of the key issues of contemporary governance. These include, for example, questions of the appropriate design of institutions, the management of contractual relationships, the design of regulatory mechanisms and economic approaches to policy evaluation. (At http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/teaching/masters/msc-in-public-policy, accessed 5 September 2014).
Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]
Academic Unit within University: The School of Public Policy is domiciled within the Department of Political Science of the University.
Related Academic Units and Degrees: The School offers a series of other related degrees, including an MSc in International Public Policy. The School also offers supervised research masters and doctoral degrees in public policy.
Posted Tuition: £15,140 (MPA)and £10,765 (MScPP) for UK/EU students for 2015-16 (at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/teaching/masters/msc-in-public-policy, accessed 17 May 2015.)
MPA Degree Requirements
Summary: Candidates complete 180 credits comprised of four compulsory modules, one of three optional courses, and two elective modules from a list provided by the University (or from across the University’s other schools and faculties).
Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time.
Academic Prerequisite: A first- or second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject (or international equivalent). In some cases, individuals without this qualification but with sufficient relevant work experience may be admitted.
Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 15
Note 1. As described in Credit and Course Equivalencies, 180 credits is taken to be equivalent to 15 one-semester courses. This means that a 30-credit module is equivalent to 2.5 one-semester courses and a 15-credit module is equivalent to 1.25 one-semester courses.
Number of Required Courses: 12.5 (7.5 one-semester course equivalents in six modules plus a dissertation worth 5 one-semester course equivalents_.
Number of Electives Typically Taken: 2.5 one-semester course equivalents
Number of Electives Offered within Program: 77
Comprehensive Examination: No.
Thesis Required: Yes of 10,000 words.
Internship Required: No.
International Study Required: No.
Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree
Professional Development and Career Support: No information.
Student-run Journal: No.
Applied Projects: No.
Pro Bono Consulting: No.
Courses Offered: Course listing available at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/teaching/masters/msc-in-public-policy.