Master of Arts in Public Policy Leadership

Master of Arts in Public Policy Leadership

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Course title Master of Arts in Public Policy Leadership
Course code PMAPLDPET4
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Marie Louise Mangion
Delivered by Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy
The Master of Arts in Public Policy Leadership is the flagship programme at the Department of Public Policy. It empowers students with the knowledge and competencies necessary to lead and influence public enterprise, read the signs of the political and economic contexts, identify opportunities, boost research and analysis, understand governance, and, most importantly, improve policy success.

The driving philosophy of the course is “leading through policy-making” whereby students get the opportunity to think, develop effective ideas, move from theory to action and develop their potential to lead. To this effect, the programme is designed to foster unexplored leadership qualities in students in order to diversify and enrich their existing talent platform. Furthermore, it provides well-grounded public management tools to engage successfully in public affairs as executives, analysts, consultants and policy advisors in state, business and non-governmental organisations.

The programme develops ethical and effective leaders who are capable of bringing about planned change, ensure good governance, while maintaining institutional stability. It provides a distinctive learning journey that accentuates the intimate link between leadership and policy sciences.

Beginning with a foundation of political thought, policy processes, governance and research methodologies, the curriculum proceeds to examine the arts of leadership, accentuating the policy leader’s role in governance, innovation, competitiveness, decision-making and problem-solving.

Utilising a variety of learning methods, including case studies, workshops, study visits and group work, the programme assesses leaders’ decisions and governance structures, analyses contexts and evaluates policies and policy outcomes. Students will have the opportunity to interact with academic staff (who also have work experience in the public sector, in business as well as in non-governmental organisations) as well as with professionals and policy-makers.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours in Public Policy or Public Administration or

(b) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II, in any other area deemed relevant by the Board, provided that such applicants may be required to provide evidence of work experience or are currently in employment relevant to the Course or

(c) a Bachelor degree obtained with Third Class Honours in Public Policy or Public Administration, provided that applicants have obtained other qualifications, including relevant work experience, following their first cycle degree or

(d) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be comparable to the qualifications listed in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c),

provided that, in appropriate cases, the Board may require students admitted to the Course to follow and pass supplementary study-units up to a maximum of 12 ECTS credits, in addition to the programme of study specified in bye-law 6 of the bye-laws for the Course.

The admission of applicants under paragraphs (b), (c) and, if necessary, (d) may be made conditional on the result of an interview conducted for the purpose.

Interviews, when necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose by the Board.

Preparatory Programme

Applicants admitted under paragraphs (b), (c) and, if necessary, (d) may be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising not less than 30 ECTS credits and not more than 60 ECTS credits, and to obtain an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course.

The Board may grant applicants full or partial exemption from the requirement of the preparatory programme if it is satisfied that the applicant possesses post first cycle degree work experience that is relevant to the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,800
Fee per semester: Eur 800

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
This Masters in Public Policy Leadership will provide students with up-to-date scholarly research and good practice in the fields of public policy, governance and leadership. Students will be capable of applying latest theoretical knowledge, conduct in-depth analytical research, interpret and read the signs of the political and economic contexts, develop and implement policies and strategies, conduct policy analysis and apply new managerial methods to help solve real-world governance and policy issues.
The programme meets the needs of those who aspire to become leaders in public life, whether in governing institutions, within Malta or the European Union, in the commercial business sector, as well as in local government and civil society groups. It is also highly relevant to those who seek to be influential on such leaders.

People who aspire to be employed or are already employed within the public sector will find this course particularly relevant. Given that the student’s analytical skills and critical thinking on political and economic matters will be strengthened, the course is intended for those who would like to work or are working on policy development, strategy, EU affairs, programme implementation, market intelligence, regulatory matters – people who aspire to become leaders in public life.

The course is also intended for those who are engaged in business and/or active within constituted bodies, as well as within the not-for-profit sectors. It is particularly intended for those who need to develop strategic and analytical skills within political and economic contexts.

If one is engaged in politics or active in civil society, this is a highly relevant course which provides an improved understanding of political thought and contexts, policy-making, governance and leadership.
This course can open opportunities for careers both in Malta and abroad. Public sector employment is an obvious career opportunity as the learning attained through this course provides the students with the knowledge, exposure, critical thinking and analytical skills as well as foresight required within the public service, within regulatory authorities, within public entities and organisations. Career opportunities within international institutions, such as the European Union and the United Nations, could also be possible as these are major policy-making institutions. In fact, a number of past public policy students are currently employed with such institutions.

Career opportunities within the not-for-profit sector are also possible as constituted bodies and non-governmental organisations increasingly engage and are involved in policy making, and need to have professional set-ups with well-trained human resources.

The course is also effective and relevant to business executives as it provides students with analytical thinking, the skill to read the signs of the political and economic contexts as well as market forces, leading to the capability of identifying business opportunities and converting ideas into action.

The course can, in addition, act as a further step towards an academic career and to further study and specialised research, including in the fields of political science, applied policy studies or public management.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 14 May 2020

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