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MPP and MPA Programs

University College London, School of Public Policy (SPP) - MPA, MScPP

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: TO COME

Curriculum Design: TO COME

Professional Program Features: TO COME

Program Summary


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, 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, 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, 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, accessed 17 May 2015.)   

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

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

Course Material Online: Course descriptions but not syllabi are generally available at

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.


UC London


I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree


Number of required courses


Number of elective courses taken


Number of courses offered


Enrolment weight of elective courses


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

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Strategy and Structure


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. 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 Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


IV. 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


V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative

      Methods Courses taken by Typical Student

Economic Analysis


Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


Quantitative Methods




Source: At and related sites (accessed 5 September 2014).

Page Created By: Dave Marshall on 5 September 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 21 September 2014 and 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

UC London MSc in Public Policy Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Note: Most courses are worth 15 CATS credits; those worth 30 are indicated by 2R or x2.

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  Policy Implementation
  Making Policy Work
  Meanings of Liberty: Applied Methods in Political Theory
  Republicanism and Liberalism

 Economic Analysis

  Public Policy Economics and Analysis (R)
  Public Microeconomics (Economics)
  Public Policy Economics and Analysis

 Quantitative Methods

  Introduction to Quantitative Methods B (R/2)
  Advanced Quantitative Methods (R/2)
  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

 Analytic Methods

  Introduction to Qualitative Methods B (R/2)
  Advanced Qualitative Methods (R/2)
  Public Management: Theories and Innovations (R/3)
  Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
  Managing Organisational Change
  Public Management: Theories and Innovations
  Normative Methods, Legal Analysis and Research Skills

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

  Peer Assisted Learning Sessions

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  Theories and Actors of the Policy Process (2R)
  Law and Regulation (R/3)
  Agenda Setting and Public Policy (R/3)
  Constitutional and Institutional Law of the European Union (Laws)
  Democracy and Constitutional Design (x2)
  Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutions
  Democratic Political Institutions
  Jurisprudence and Legal Theory (Laws)
  Parliaments, Political Parties and Policy-Making
  The European Union: Institutions and Politics
  Theories and Actors of the Policy Process
  Voters, Public Opinion Participation

 Social and Political Context

  British Government and Politics
  Comparative Political Economy
  Governing Divided Societies
  Informal Practices in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Economy
  Contemporary Political Philosophy II: Social Justice and Equality
  Equality, Justice and Difference
  Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  Contemporary Political Philosophy I: Authority, Obligation and Democracy
  Democracy and Accountability: Holding Power to Account
  Global Ethics
  Public Ethics
  Human Rights, Accountability and World Politics
  International Human Rights Standards and Institutions
  The Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  Foreign Policy Analysis
  Geopolitics and Globalisation (Geography)
  Global Governance (x2)
  Global Justice and Human Rights in an International Order
  Global Public Policy
  Globalisation and Security (Geography)
  International Law and Human Rights
  International Organisation
  International Political Economy
  International Trade Policy
  Russian Politics (SSEES)
  The European Union, Globalisation and the State
  The European Union in the World
  Theories of International Relations
  History and Theory of European Integration (History)
  Nation, Identity and Power in Central & Eastern Europe (SSEES)

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  Law and Regulation
  Policy-making & Regulation in Europe

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Policy and Management

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

  Political Economy of Development

 Social Policy and Welfare


  Health Policy and Reform
  Social Values and Public Policy: Health and Environment


 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  Politics of Change in the Baltic States (SSEES)
  Russian Foreign Policy Since 1917 (SSEES)

 Environment and Sustainability

  Environmental Politics

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

  Global Business Regulation

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  Political Economy of Energy Policy

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  International Peace and Security
  Conflict Resolution and Post War development
  War, Peace and Human Rights

 Policing and Justice Administration

  Jeremy Bentham and the Utilitarian Tradition (Laws)
  Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (Centre for Security and Crime Science)

 Arts and Culture

  Practical Documentary Filmaking (Anthropology)

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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