Public Management (N1598)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

In this module, you are introduced to management and organisation in the public sector.

You examine key perspectives, theories and approaches to public management.

Furthermore, you discuss relevant aspects of the transformation of the public sector over time and across many countries in the world.

In this module, you cover key issues in organising, leading, managing, and governing in the public sector and how different types of public organisations operate and are managed.

Your major topics in this module include:

  • governance and accountability
  • strategy and strategic planning
  • public financing and financial management
  • leadership and managing people
  • technology and new media
  • public policy.


67%: Lecture
33%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Examination (Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: