Making Public Policy (948M9)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module is designed to help you implement and administer development programmes.

You cover five main areas:

  • models of bureaucracy and formal organisations
  • public-private boundaries and the relationship between public bureaucracies and society
  • New Public Management
  • human relations and neo-Weberian approaches to performance
  • performance and motivation
  • public sector reform.

You learn how different approaches are required for different tasks and different contexts.


100%: Lecture


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.