Our online courses scored 100% for student satisfaction (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016; response rate 25%).

87% achieved an award in 2015

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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?
  • Prepare for a more strategic role?
  • Develop your capacity for influencing and managing change in complex, turbulent contexts?
  • Deepen your critical analysis skills?
  • Study in an international peer group with active support from leading experts in their fields?



Click below to read more about our programmes or download the Online brochure 2016 (PDF  , 5,900kb)

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.

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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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.

Single module study is also available, click here for further details.

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 3-4 hours of study per week for participants. More details here.

Please contact us to discuss your needs. Email: spsw-online@york.ac.uk or tel: 01904 321228.