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Ohio Glenn
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Oxford BSG
Pennsylvania Fels
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Queen Mary SPIR
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MPP and MPA Programs

University of Edinburgh, Academy of Government (AoG) - MPP 

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The Academy of Government, founded in 2011, brings together faculty from a number of schools within the University - including the School of Social & Political Science, the Business School, the School of Economics, the Moray House School of Education, and the School of Law - to deliver professional education and to collaborate on innovative research in the area of public policy. The Academy is formally housed within the School of Social & Political Science.

Curriculum Design: TO COME.

Professional Program Features: TO COME.

Program Summary

Website: http://www.aog.ed.ac.uk/education/master_of_public_policy   

University: University of Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Degree: Master of Public Policy

Marketing Approach: "The MPP provides future public leaders with both the theoretical and conceptual frameworks and the practical skills needed to successfully tackle the policy challenges of the 21st century." (At http://www.aog.ed.ac.uk/education/master_of_public_policy, accessed 19 June 2014.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: The Academy of Government was founded in January 2011 with its first academic programmes launched in September of that year.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The Academy brings together faculty from a number of schools within the University - including the School of Social & Political Science, the Business School, the School of Economics, the Moray House School of Education, and the School of Law - to deliver professional education and to collaborate on innovative research in the area of public policy. The Academy is formally housed within the School of Social & Political Science.

Posted Tuition: The MPP fee for 2015/16 is £19,700. This includes registration, induction, tuition, supervision, and campus facilities (at http://www.aog.ed.ac.uk/education/master_of_public_policy/fees_and_financing, accessed 18 May 2015).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview: The MPP is a full-time, 15-month, professional taught programme. The MPP involves two intensive semesters of work at the Academy of Government, followed by a Capstone project in which students apply their learning and skills in a professional policy environment.

MPP Degree Requirements

Summary: The MPP involves two intensive semesters of work at the Academy of Government, followed by a Capstone project in which students apply their learning and skills in a professional policy environment.

Core courses: In semester 1 all students on the MPP complete four foundational courses designed to give a robust grounding in political science, economics, and analytical methods: Politics of Public Policy; Economics for Public Policy; Analysis for Policy; International Dimensions of Public Policy). 

Specializations: In semester 2 the focus is on specialization and students can select from a range of policy-specific courses: International Development Policy; Public Health Policy; European Public Policy; Social Policy; Education Policy; Security Governance; Foreign Policy; Environmental Policy; Engagement for Policy Practitioners.

The Capstone project consists of a 3-month placement in a public policy organisation, followed by a 4-month write-up period. At the end of the process students submit a 10,000-word Analytical Report and present their research orally to Academy faculty and students.

Duration: 2 semesters plus a Capstone Project

Academic Prerequisite: Applicants must possess a minimum of an Upper Second Class (2:1) honours degree, U.S. GPA of 3.25, or equivalent.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 15 (180 CATS credits)

Note 1: We are assuming that the Edinburgh MPP has the same number of CATS credits as MPP and MPA courses in England. As noted in Credit Requirements and Course Equivalents, any Master's course in England requires a minimum of 180 CATS credits, and 12 CATS credits are equivalent to 1 one-semester course.

Number of Required Courses: 5 (including 4 core courses summing to 5 one-semester equivalents and the Capstone Project counted as 5 one-semester course equivalents)

Note 2: We are assuming that the Capstone Project takes as much effort and is worth as many CATS credits and one-semester course equivalents as one semester of core courses.

Number of Electives Typically Taken: 4 (equivalent to 5 one-semester course equivalents)

Note 3: We are assuming that students take the same number of courses in the second semester as the first (4) and that they are equivalent to the same number of one-semester course equivalents (5), see Note 1.

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 9

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: 10,000-word Analytical Report on the Capstone Project and an oral presentation to Academy faculty and students

Internship Required: No

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: No

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of courses is found at: http://www.aog.ed.ac.uk/education/master_of_public_policy/mpp_courses.  

Course Material Online: Short course descriptions, but no syllabi are available to the public online as of 19 June 2014.

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile):

 

Edinburgh

MPP

I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree

12

Number of required courses

8

Number of elective courses taken

4

Number of elective courses offered

27

Enrolment weight of elective courses

0.15

Number of courses provided from within the program

4

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

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills

32.4%

  - Policy and Management Analysis

12.5%

  - Economic Analysis

12.5%

 

  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods

7.4%

  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice

0.0%

Institutions and Context

38.0%

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

14.4%

  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability

1.9%

  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts

21.8%

Management Functions

3.7%

  - Public Financial Management

0.0%

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement

0.0%

  - Other Management Functions

3.7%

Policy Sectors

25.9%

  - Macroeconomic Policy

0.0%

  - International Development

7.4%

  - Health

1.9%

  - Other Policy Sectors

16.7%

                              Total

100%

III. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among

      Curricular Type Groupings of Subjects

Policy-Oriented Subjects

73.8%

Management-Oriented Subjects

26.2%

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

18.1%

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

44.9%

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

29.2%

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

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

1.39

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

3.03

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

3.47

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

0.88

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.22

Total Courses in "NASPAA-Required Subjects"

8.99

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

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

0.77

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

1.40

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

0.93

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

0.59

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.28

Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed

0.90

   

Source: http://www.aog.ed.ac.uk/education/master_of_public_policy/mpp_courses  (accessed 5 April 2014).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 19 June 2014. 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.

Edinburgh Course Map [to be completed]
 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: Courses listed have a value of 1.25 one-semester course credits; See Note 1 above.

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  Core III: Analysis for Policy (R)

 Economic Analysis

  Core II: Economics for Public Policy (R)

 Quantitative Methods

  Survey Methods and Data (PGSP11157)
  The use and evolution of digital data analysis and collection tools (PGSP11388)
  Intermediate Inferential Statistics (PGSP11321)

 Analytic Methods

  Analysing Qualitative Data (PGSP11110)

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

 

Multiple Subjects

 Capstone, Dissertation, Internship, etc.

  Capstone placement with analytical report (4R/2)
  Academic dissertation with emphasis on public policy (4R/2)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  Core I: Politics of Public Policy (R)
  Political Issues in Public Policy (PGSP11247)

 Social and Political Context

  Advanced Issues in Social Policy (SCPL11018)
  Social Determinants of Health and Public Policy (IPHP11002)
  Social Inequality and Social Protection (PGSP11258)
  Scotland, Social Structure and Social Change (PGSP11257)

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  Health and Human Rights: Principles, Practice and Dilemmas (SCPL11019)

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  Core IV: Intrernational Dimensions of Public Policy (R)
  International Political Economy (PGSP11171)

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  Evaluation Research Methods (PGSP11373)

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  Regulation and Governance of the Life Sciences (PGSP11396)

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

  Critical Perspectives on mental health and well-being in the 'global south' (PGSP11377)
  Governance, Development and Poverty in Africa (PGSP11327)
  Key Skills in Development Practice (PGSP11348)
  Interpreting Development: Institutions and Practices (PGSP11296)

 Social Policy and Welfare

 Health

  Health Systems: Strengthening and Reform (PGSP11364)

 Education

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  Urban Development (PGSP11368)

 Environment and Sustainability

  Global Environment and Society (PGSP11359)

 Agriculture and Resources

  Innovation in Sustainable Food Systems (PGSP11400)

 Science, Technology and Innovation

  Advanced Theory in Science and Technology Studies (PGSP11371)

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  Energy Policy and Politics (PGSP11132)

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  International Security (PGSP11162)
  The European Union in International Affairs (PGSP11061)
  Armed Force and Society (PGSP11245)
  Foreign Policy Analysis (PGSP11300)

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets


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