This course is ideal for professionals in the public sector, in not-for-profit organisations or in for-profit organisations involved in public policy or the delivery of public services.
During your studies You will gain the knowledge and skills you need to analyse and influence how policies are made and implemented in an age of increasing complexity. You will develop your capacity to help your organisation operate more effectively in the delivery and management of public services within challenging environments.
This course will prepare you for more strategic roles. You will be able to apply your learning directly to your work and choose from a range of option modules to ensure you are learning about what is important to you.
The design of the course and the support provided mean that you will be able to balance the requirements of your studies with your work and other responsibilities.
I deeply enjoyed the MA. The coursework was stimulating and the online platform and tutorial support were excellent, making it feasible to pursue the degree while working full time.Kate Lancaster, Public Affairs and Communications, OECD
Our department is ranked 9th in the world and 4th in the UK (QS World Rankings 2019)
Our online mode of study means you will be working alongside your peers working in similar organisations around the world
This Masters course will develop your knowledge of public policy, so you will gain a better understanding of how policies are made and then implemented on the ground. You will also acquire skills in public management, and learn to analyse and influence how public services are run and how organisational change can be best managed.
The first year of the course will ensure you have a foundation in all key aspects of public policy and management. In your second year you can choose areas of study that are most interesting or most applicable to your own work
Towards the end of the course you will start to prepare for your dissertation which will allow you to explore an area of particular interest with support from a dedicated dissertation supervisor.
You can also study for a shorter period of time and graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.
To graduate with a Masters degree, you will need to take 140 credits of taught modules and complete a dissertation worth 40 credits.
You will study these modules to a schedule. This will allow you to participate online with academics and fellow students from around the world.
In the first year you will study 80 credits with the following modules:
In your second year you will study a combination of taught modules and work on your dissertation. You will choose one of these modules:
You will then choose to study one of these modules:
You will also need to complete a dissertation, as well as modules designed to develop your professional and research skills:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Throughout your studies your assignments will help you to apply theory to practice and to combine academic work with case studies or examples relevant to your work.
One of your taught modules, the Dissertation Workshop, will help you prepare for your dissertation. You will learn how to plan and schedule your independent literature-based research project. With the help of your dissertation supervisor you will work on finding the appropriate scope and focus for your project, and develop a workable structure. You will also receive feedback on draft chapters and guidance on conducting your literature review and any further research.
Your dissertation is worth 40 credits and will be 12,000 words long.
Previous dissertation titles have included:
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|Part-time, distance learning (2 years)|
Higher band fee. Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
year 1 fee
year 1 fee
|Part-time, distance learning (2 years)|
This lower band fee applies to student based in developing countries, employers sponsoring more than one student per cohort, CIMA certified applicants, CIPFA members, City of York Council employees and Ministry of Defence personnel. Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
year 1 fee
year 1 fee
For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase (no more than 2% each year).
All reading materials are available via the course’s Virtual Learning Environment and the university’s extensive online Library.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.
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You will study online and can therefore study from wherever you are. It should take you about 15 hours per week to complete all your reading and tasks. You can decide when you work on these weekly tasks; all activities can be completed around your schedule.
The three main kinds of activity you will be asked to do are:
You will be supported by:
You will take part in exercises and other tasks as you progress through each module. This will allow you to receive feedback on your progress and understanding.
At the end of each 20 credit module you will complete an assignment. Normally this will be a 3,000 word assessment. For the 10 credit modules you will work on a shorter written piece or journal, or will complete a dissertation plan.
All the professors and tutors I have had the chance to interact with have shown a high professionalism and have been great facilitators for students. Because of their academic and personal support I could manage to do a full time job and studies in parallel.Dorina, Albania
This course is ideal for people working in the public and not-for-profit sectors as well as people working in for-profit organisations that deliver public services. It will allow you to develop the skills required for management in a large and complex organisation. You will also gain a thorough understanding of public policy so that you can analyse and influence policy-making and implementation.
Almost all of our current students and alumni are in employment. They work in roles in:
"I am so thankful to have found York and owe so much of my success to the program. I will never run out of great things to say. I truly would not be where I am today had I not embarked on the Public Policy and Management programme."Rachel, Director, Policy Development and Coordination, Alberta Education
You should normally have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. If you don't have experience of undergraduate study we may consider your application if you have a suitable professional background.
You should also have professional experience in the public service field. This could be in roles in local or national government, or in non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services.
You will also need to ensure you have:
When you apply you will need to write a personal statement, answering all the questions on this template and acknowledging the Requirements of Study.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.