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An online study programme
This Postgraduate Certificate programme is the shared foundation stage of both the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) and Masters in Public Policy and Management (MA). It can also be studied simply as a Postgraduate Certificate award. Once complete, students wishing to progress to the Masters award continue onto either the Public Administration or Public Policy and Management route. Further details of the full Masters awards can be found here for the MPA and here for the MA.
The programme will enable you to actively reflect upon and analyse your own experiences within the wider organisational context, helping you to both develop your own understanding of the wider organisational context and to develop your own understanding and competence as a manager, decision maker and leader within your organisation.
The programme starts once each year.
This is a part-time, postgraduate-level Certificate programme delivered wholly online in fully supported environment. You will study each of the three modules as part of a small group of like-minded and experienced managers, facilitated by a dedicated subject-expert tutor, and you will be supported by a single supervisor for the duration of your studies. Each module is studied sequentially over the course of one year and is assessed by way of an essay.
If you subsequently decide that you would like to continue to a Diploma or Masters qualification it is possible to register for either the Public Administration or Public Policy and Management route.
This certificate programme aims to provide a conceptual framework for understanding public service delivery, within which your professional experience can be reflected upon and considered. We will also equip you with practical skills that will enable you to put your learning into practice. Specifically, we will;
We welcome early and mid-career managers / leaders from the public sector, non-governmental organisations, and from private sector organisations that work with public services. The roles of current students and alumni across our programmes include:
The programme is structured into three modules, taking twelve months to complete in total. The three modules are:
Public Management and Delivery
Governance and Public Administration
Policy Analysis and Process
Our approach to e-learning is distinctive and may be different from your general perceptions about this mode of study.
The following is a short summary of how online study works at York.
The key points about our approach are:
The York Team
A key feature of our programmes is the availability and quality of support that we offer through module tutors, academic supervisors and a dedicated administrative and technical support team.
A good second class (undergraduate) degree or equivalent qualification. Applicants without undergraduate-level academic experience may also be considered if they have sufficient professional background.
Professional experience in the public service field. This includes roles in government at national or local level, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles that support or deliver public services.
If you are not from a majority English speaking country (as defined by the UK Home Office) you will need to show evidence that you meet the university English language requirements in accordance with the information on this page. If you have any queries about your need for a language certificate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
Sufficient study time: 15 hours per week including the capacity to take part regularly in the online weekly tutorial group discussions. These are an essential part of the study process, as explained here.
Willingness to share your experience and be an active member of your tutorial group
A personal computer in your home with an internet connection (minimum 0.5Mbps). An office software suite compatible with Word and Excel formats
You may wish to simply study this Certificate award.
However, upon completion you may wish to proceed to the next level and move onto the Diploma or Masters award. This Certificate allows you to move onto either the Masters of Public Administration or Masters in Public Policy and Management. Click the buttons below for further information.