Our online courses scored 93% for student satisfaction (PTES 2018; response rate 42%)

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A truly international learning community, supported by a team of dedicated staff

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You'll be part of a welcoming postgraduate community

‌‌Welcome to York - join our global learning community of online learners‌

Do you want to:

  • Improve your career prospects by studying at a top university without leaving your job?
  • Prepare for more strategic roles in policy-making or in the public and non-profit sector?
  • Develop your capacity for influencing and managing change in complex, turbulent contexts?
  • Deepen your critical analysis skills?
  • Enhance your skills as a reflective practitioner, through linking theory and practice?
  • Study in an international peer group with active support from leading experts in their fields?

Online programmes prospectus

Online Postgraduate Programmes in Public Policy and Management (PDF , 718kb)

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Programmes

Public Administration

Grow your understanding of the complex issues that challenge those who manage and lead public service delivery.

Public Administration - International Development

Gain an international perspective on public administration and development governance.

What it's like to study with us

Find out what makes online learning effective.

“The opportunity to study this course has been life changing for me, at least professionally, and has also impacted positively on my organisation.” (Edwin Muhumuza, Uganda, Director of Corporate Affairs at Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority)

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Public Policy and Management

Develop your ability to influence how policy is made and how policy decisions are translated into effective outcomes on the ground.

Social and Public Policy

Enhance your understanding of how social policies are made by exploring the interplay between national, global and transnational forces.

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The student experience

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“The support from tutors and the administration was absolutely top-rate - 100%.” (Robin Speer, Canada, Vice President of Public Affairs Canadian Renewable Fuels Association)

Pathways

If you are unsure about committing to a full Masters programme please be reassured that you can opt to leave the Masters programme with either a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma if you find that it is not for you, or your circumstances change.  This is, of course, subject to you successfully completing the relevant 60 or 120 credits of study at the point you wish to leave.

Bespoke courses

We can create tailored courses to meet your organisation's needs. You can choose a number of modules to create a pathway specific for your organisation and leading to a bespoke qualification. For example the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education commissions a course for members of governing bodies and those in governance-related roles. It enables them to refresh and consolidate their understanding and experience of the current public sector context and how this context is currently impacting on HE. The course is run in small tutor-led groups for five weeks and involves 3 to 4 hours of study per week for participants. More details here.

“The course has helped me to gain an insight into some of the most sensitive and complex social issues affecting governments worldwide. I therefore highly recommend this course to all those working in government, local and international organisations, academia and research institutes.” (Janet Chidothi, Senior Technical Capacity Specialist, Counterpart International)

Please contact us to discuss your needs. Email: spsw-online@york.ac.uk or call us on: +44 (0) 1904 321228.