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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

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, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


This module is offered on the following courses: