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MSc Public Services Policy and Management

King's College London

Masters Degree , Public Services

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PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION The MSc equips you to understand and evaluate policy options for organising and delivering contemporary public services. There is an emphasis on effective service delivery, and on the lessons of the ?new public management?. The programme is for both mid-career managers and recent graduates planning to enter public and voluntary sectorNGO management. Students typically include part timers working for English public sector organisations and government servants holding full time scholarships from a variety of countries. Features of the programme: - Regular and senior speakers from London-based government departments, public sector bodies, NGOs and policy-making units discuss the implementation and evaluation of public services policy. - Develops skills in designing programme evaluations and analysing performance data, taught by programme staff with direct and current experience. - Combines in-depth treatment of underlying principles with practical management lessons and the chance to select different public service areas for specific study. -Examines the 'new public management' in an international and comparative context. PROGRAMME ORGANISATION The MSc is assessed on a credit basis: 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be associated with taught courses (15 credits per course), and 60 with a dissertation of up to 15,000 words. Courses will analyse British experience, especially in areas where the UK has been in the forefront of public services reforms and management policy debate. However, issues will also, in all courses, be analysed in a comparative and international context, with reference to different countries? approaches and experiences, both historical and contemporary. Seminars with leading individuals involved in policy reforms and implementation will further strengthen students? critical awareness of current problems and insights. MODULES First term (core modules) Politics, Governance and Regulation in Public Service Management Research Methods for the Public Services The Political Economy of the Public Services: Origins and Context Second term (core modules) Economics, Organisation and Management in the Public Services Human Resource Management in the Public Services Management, Finance, Accounting and Audit in the Public Services Optional course modules, offered in a number of departments (including Management), include: Designing Public Policy Environments, Livelihoods and Developments in the South Evaluating Public Policy EvidenceBased Decision Making in Health Care Key Issues in Health Policy New Public Management in the Defence Sector Recent Developments in Education Management Social Policy in Gerontology Teacher Development The Third Sector and Public Services Urban Regeneration More detail about these modules can be found here: http:www.kcl.ac.ukgsp09modules437 Students will have a free choice of optional courses, insofar as the timetabling of courses by the collaborating department makes it possible to take the relevant course. Third term: 15,000 word project. Candidates will analyse an issue to do with the public services chosen in interaction with their supervisor. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS The central requirement for admission is a good honours degree (normally a 2:1 or equivalent). Applicants without relevant professional experience must demonstrate sound backgrounds in social science. For mid-career applicants, work and career experience in the public services are valuable, and may substitute to some extent for academic qualification. A minimum standard of English language comprehension is required to undertake the programme. Applicants whose university degree was not taught and examined in English will be asked to provide certificated proof of: either an IELTS score of 7.0 or a TOEFL score of 267 (computer based) or 630 (paper based). Candidates may also be asked to submit a piece of written work. Pre-sessional introductory economics course: Students without significant prior

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION The MSc equips you to understand and evaluate policy options for organising and delivering contemporary public services. There is an emphasis on effective service delivery, and on the lessons of the ?new public management?. The programme is for both mid-career managers and recent graduates planning to enter public and voluntary sectorNGO management. Students typically...

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