Public management

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Online study for public managers

Careers in public management

Careers in public management are numerous and in a variety of contexts at local, national and international levels. Some examples of areas of work include:

  • Business management and improvement
  • Human resources
  • Operational delivery
  • Programme management
  • Risk management

Relevance of our degrees

Our online Masters programmes equip you with the practical tools and techniques to become an effective and adaptable manager in the public sector. You can focus on the relationship of policy processes and delivery of services with the MA in Public Policy and Management, or enhance your capacity to manage, lead and change public services with our Masters of Public Administration.

In addition to the rigorous academic skills you will develop, you will understand the way wider contexts impact on governance and decision-making, demands from both government and citizens, and the way public management is changing in these challenging times. Our online programmes also enable students to share experience with peers who are practitioners in a particularly wide range of countries and contexts.

As well as full Masters programmes taught online, it is also possible to take shorter courses online in order to enhance, refresh or develop understanding in particular areas as part of continuing professional development. See our information for prospective students and employers about the range of CPD options available.

Profile: Frank

Frank studied on our Masters in Policy, Management and Government, a tailored online Masters programme for employees of the Department for Work and Pensions, and graduated in 2010.

Opportunities have opened up


I graduated from York in January 2010 with a Masters in Policy Management and Government. During the course I have gained a number of skills; opportunities have definitely opened up since I graduated from the course and my career has moved at quite a pace. Two months ago I was appointed as Head of Commercial Management of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) where I am responsible for the effective management of over £1bn of public expenditure per year.

My role can be distilled down to the procurement and management of complex outsourced services and I spent the second half of 2011 redesigning the DWP's commercial function.

Stature and reputation of the course

The stature and reputation of the University was crucial in my decision making as I knew the quality of the education would be very high. Secondly the course at York provided a wide enough spectrum of topics that were specific to what I wanted to study.

Quality of the staff

The thing I most enjoyed about the course was the quality of the staff. I was certainly taught by the leading exponents of the disciplines involved.

The technical content of my Masters has equipped me with specific tools and techniques which help me in my job on a day-to-day basis. Spending three years studying for my Masters has also allowed for a great deal of networking and I have a significantly expanded network as a result of the course.

Depth of knowledge

The highlight of my Masters was probably the enjoyment I got out of doing my final dissertation. It allowed me to delve into a subject that I was very interested in at a level I never thought would be possible.

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