Master of Science in Public Policy and Strategic Management

Master of Science in Public Policy and Strategic Management

Course information

Course title Master of Science in Public Policy and Strategic Management
Course code PMSCPPLSMNFTT8
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Anne Marie Thake
Delivered by Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy
Public and private sectors, multilateral and transnational corporations are continually looking for management and public policy managers who are able executives and can significantly contribute to strategic decision-making by integrating public policy with a management perspective. This masters' programme will expose students to the knowledge, theories and practices that organisations in any sector demand from modern public and private managers and policy analysts. They will be exposed to relevant subjects and case studies which include Governance, Managing EU Policy, Policy implementation, Leadership, People Performance Metrics, Decision making and Modelling and human resource management. The M.Sc. in Public Policy and Strategic Management is the foundation for admission to careers as managers and policy analysts.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Commerce from this University, in the same or in related areas of study as one of the areas of study applied for, obtained with at least Category II and with a minimum average mark of 65% in one of the two proposed areas of study in the Degree or

(b) the degree of Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from this University, in the same or in related areas of study as one of the areas of study applied for, obtained with at least Second Class Honours. The Board may also consider applicants in possession of the degree obtained with Third Class Honours, provided that applicants have obtained other qualifications, including relevant work experience, following their first cycle degree or

(c) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business and IT from this University, obtained with at least Second Class Honours or

(d) the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Computing from this University, obtained with at least Category II and with a minimum average of 65% in the Business area. The Board may also consider applicants in possession of the degree obtained with Category III, provided that applicants have obtained other qualifications, including relevant work experience, following their first cycle degree or

(e) a first cycle degree from this University obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II in an area deemed appropriate by the Board. Applicants shall be required to submit a portfolio covering at least twelve months of relevant and related experiences and provided further that such applicants may be required to attend an interview to allow the Board to assess their suitability to follow the Course with profit or

(f) a first cycle degree from any university that is equivalent to the qualifications set out in paragraphs (a) to (e).

In appropriate cases, the Board may require students admitted to the Course to follow and pass supplementary study-units to which a maximum of 12 ECTS are assigned, in addition to the programme of study specified in bye-law 11 of the bye-laws for the course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

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: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 10,800 - Yr 2: NIL
By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- acquire a full, critical command of the state of the art on public policy and management, including governance processes and standards, institutional design, decision-making, leadership and management processes;
- think critically, test ideas empirically and learn from experiences of both public and private policy success and failure;
- synthesize the insights of different fields of knowledge for application to complex problems;
- develop their leadership skills in policy innovation and business competitiveness;
- articulate a vision, think strategically, organise effectively and communicate persuasively.
The programme targets individuals who possess undergraduate degrees in either management or Public Policy/Administration (or equivalent degree) who wish to pursue a career in these areas.
Graduates of this programme will be prepared to play substantial public policy and related management roles in a diversity of business, regulatory and governmental fields both locally and overseas. Specific opportunities may include sectors such as EU and public institutions, manufacturing and service-oriented sectors.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 30 September 2019

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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