MSc International Development: Public Policy and Management / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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MSc International Development: Public Policy and Management seeks to provide an interdisciplinary training and education that will enable policymakers, economists, planners, managers and researchers to be fully conversant with current issues of public policy and management, in an international development setting.
It will provide you with the conceptual and analytical tools needed to understand and critically review issues relevant to public policy and public sector reform.
While the course was conceived primarily for those already working in the public sector environment, it has evolved into a highly successful multidisciplinary course that is appropriate to modern professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds, who have an interest in issues of public policy.
- Develop your understanding of the different conceptual and theoretical perspectives applied to public policy and management, and public sector reform.
- Expand upon your understanding of the principles and practices underlying the implementation of public policy processes, and provide knowledge of 'real-world' examples of public policy/sector reform.
- Learn about the role and importance of institutions for public policy and management.
- Grow your skills and provide you with a significant cross-disciplinary (development economics, public policy, management and development studies) skill set that will enable you to critically analyse and communicate your analysis effectively.
- Build your awareness and knowledge of a variety of global public policies and how they are implemented.
- Develop your command of current theory, policy and practice in relation to some of the following specialist areas: public policy process and methods; public sector economics; development and economic policy; privatisation and public enterprise reform; public sector accounting and organisational change.
- Build upon your independent research skills through a supervised dissertation research project.
- We're Europe's largest dedicated development research and teaching institute and have been at the forefront of development studies for over 60 years .
- We're ranked 7th in the UK and 11th in the world for development studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
- Our research was ranked first in the UK for impact and second in the UK for quality in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
- We are proud to tackle global inequalities and rank first in the UK for our impact on the Sustainable Development Goals ( THE Impact Rankings 2020 ).
- We bring cutting-edge insights from our research into all our postgraduate teaching. Our courses bring different development perspectives and voices to Manchester, from activists from the Global South to the leaders of multinational companies.
- We are home to the internationally-recognised Effective States and Inclusive Development and FutureDAMS research centres.
- Students are part of our vibrant research community this includes our public lecture series which brings world experts, former heads of state, and leading development thinkers, to discuss current issues in development.
- We have numerous scholarship opportunities for outstanding applicants.
Teaching and learning
Part-time students complete the course over 24 months. There are no evening or weekend course units available; you should, therefore, discuss course requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer. Timetabling information is usually available from late August. You can discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.
Coursework and assessment
The taught elements of the course, carrying 120 credits overall, is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (eg project-based reports, essays), involving largely individual submissions, but also elements of group work.
You must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice approved by the Programme Directors. You are encouraged to base your dissertation on topics of direct professional concern.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Public Sector Reform and Management||MGDI60081||15||Mandatory|
|Research Skills for Economic Development 1 (Quantitative Methods)||MGDI60301||15||Mandatory|
|Economic Analysis of the Public Sector||MGDI61091||15||Mandatory|
|Industrial Competitiveness and Global Transformation||MGDI60002||15||Optional|
|Global Political Economy||MGDI60072||15||Optional|
|Work and Employment in the Global Economy||MGDI60132||15||Optional|
|Human Resource Development: Key Concepts||MGDI60151||15||Optional|
|Behavioural Experiments, Quantitative Field Research and Development Policy||MGDI60191||15||Optional|
|Globalisation, Trade and Development||MGDI60271||15||Optional|
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Scholarships and bursaries
There are many internal and external funding opportunities for postgraduate study.
We offer several postgraduate taught scholarships to outstanding applicants. We also regularly welcome students on the University's Equity and Merit scholarship scheme.
The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelor's degree and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.
Many of our students have gained British Chevening, British Council or Commonwealth scholarships, as well as country-specific awards.
For more information, see fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .
What our students say
It has been an incredible journey to tap into the lecturers' wealth of expertise. I was able to relate most of the courses to real work experience beyond developing a theoretical background.
What I enjoyed the most was the diversity of the people and that I was able to meet and share experiences with different people from all over the world.
It has been an asset having a degree from the prestigious University of Manchester, ranking 27 th in the world, and GDI being one of the ten best developmental schools in the UK. My GDI qualification coupled with my previous work experience has allowed me to explore promising opportunities and to stand out.
Aida Erkihun Bayissa, MSc International Development
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