The School of Oriental and African Studies

Public Policy, Finance and Management

SOAS University of London
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Rank: 37 (The Complete University Guide)

Location: SOAS University of London


Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2021/09/01

Duration: 12 months

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This programme is designed for recent graduates with first degrees in political science, public administration, economics, accounting and finance, sociology, and other social science subjects. The programme is also designed for individuals who already work in government or the public sector more generally, and who aim to strengthen their knowledge, capabilities and skills to improve career prospects. This programme aims to provide: 1) a deeper comprehensive knowledge set of theories on public policy, public management and public financial management; 2) a clear understanding of major contemporary issues in public policy, public management and public financial management across countries in the world, 3) distinguishing capacity to analyse, assess and explain salient topics in public policy, public management and public financial management and 4) Enhanced capacity to argue and communicate effectively about choices in the domains of public policy, public management and public financial management.The programme aims to help students start a career in government and public sector agencies, or strengthen their prospects for an improved career trajectory.The MSc Public Policy, Finance and Management can be also taken jointly with the Global Master of Public Administration at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance of the University of Washington. Students who apply and are admitted to the GMPA can spend year one at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and year two at School of Finance and Management of SOAS University of London, and then graduate with two Masters Degrees.


Entry requirements

We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.5 (6.5 with 6.5 in W S and 6 in others)

Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for The School of Oriental and African Studies.

About this university

International students

The university has the 9th highest percentage of international students of any university in the world, with 43% of students being from outside the UK. This means there is plenty of help and advice on hands for students travelling from outside the UK to study. The International Students House is the heart of activities outside the classroom, including club nights, lectures, fitness classes and sports. There is even a travelling club to see more of the UK and Europe and special holiday events. All international students receive free membership of the House and it also has 600 student accommodation spaces. The university’s Student Union is a focal point for extracurricular activities and operates around 160 different clubs and societies for students to become involved with. These range from sports, to cultural and political issues and even arts and dining societies. They also operate the Union bar, two common rooms and the Snack Bar at Russell Square. There are a wide range of sports clubs to get involved with ranging from traditional sports such as cricket, football and tennis to casual sports, swimming teams and even mixed lacrosse. There are also plenty of recreational activities to get involved with including cheerleading, cycling, dart and poker to skateboarding, survival groups and even a UN Society. Students can also opt to get involved with volunteering and charity work to offer something back to the community including No Borders and Save the Children.

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