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SOAS University of London

MSc in Public Policy, Finance and Management

Earn an MSc in Public Policy, Finance and Management at one of the UK’s top management- and development-oriented universities. This program provides students with a conceptual understanding of the core principles of public policy and public management and with the tools to apply knowledge to solve problems in the public sector. These competences and skills are extremely important to cope with the challenges that governments, public sector agencies, NGOs and businesses face nowadays. From migration to the eradication of poverty, from unemployment to the development of energy power, the many issues that societies encounter call for the capacity to analyze, understand, and formulate interventions to bring about improvements to the living conditions of the many. The core modules of this program provide students with the means to tackle issues of policy-making and implementation, strategy in the public sector, and managing organizational change.

Sequence of studies: For this partner, the sequence can go in either direction, that is, the first year can be taken at either the Evans School or SOAS University of London, followed by the other.

The curriculum is structured into three equal parts: core courses, elective courses, and a thesis on a topic of the student’s choice completed with one-on-one faculty advising.

Core courses, which draw on examples and cases from Europe and across the world, include:

  • Public Policy & Management: Perspectives and Issues
  • Emerging Economy Finance
  • Innovation and Organisational change
  • Research Methods
  • Fiscal Governance, Budgeting and Performance
  • Public Governance, Accountability and Transparency

A broad range of electives, both in public policy and management and from across the university, are available. They include public financial management-related courses, international human resource management, cross-cultural management, and macroeconomic policy and financial markets, and many others

About SOAS University of London

Set in central London, the university is world renowned for its area and international development studies and is ranked highly in the UK for management. Students have access to a comprehensive array of services as well as dormitory accommodation. In 2018 it was ranked by as the best city in the world in which to study abroad; the site drew attention to its diversity, with 41% of London’s student population coming from outside the UK.