Making Public Policy (948M9)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

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

We 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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, 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.