Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management
Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management
Award Title
Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Mode of Study
Combined mode

Normal Period of Study

- 1 year (full-time)
- 2 years (part-time/combined mode)

Maximum Period of Study

- 2.5 years (full-time)
- 5 years (part-time/combined mode)

Credit Units Required for Graduation


Programme Aims

The programme aims to broadly support the development of effective, people-centred governance in Hong Kong by producing graduates who can creatively contribute to policy analysis for, and the innovative management of, a wide range of public, private and non-governmental organizations. In particular, the programme will provide students with opportunities to: 
  • enhance their theoretical knowledge and to discover new insights into public policy making and management in both local and international contexts;
  • develop their intellectual capacity in researching systematically and analysing critically theories and information about the practices and processes in public and social policy; 
  • develop practical skills required for effective public management and to strengthen their abilities to contribute to creative and innovative problem solving in public policy and management contexts.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:
  1. discover and analyse critically current and emerging knowledge relating to principles, theories and practices in international and local governance, public policy and management;
  2. contrast and assess the roles, inter-relationships and limitations of various actors and organizations involved in governance, policy making and public management;
  3. explain, compare and evaluate critically various values, ethical principles and cultural traditions shaping policy-making processes and the delivery of services to the community;
  4. be creative in problem solving and demonstrate practical and, as appropriate, innovative management, planning, team-working, decision making and research skills; and
  5. contribute to the development of knowledge about public policy and management by active discovery through undertaking supervised dissertation or other project-related coursework.

Programme Requirements

1. Programme Core Courses: (24 credits)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
POL5101Theories of Government and Public Administration3
POL5301AManaging Organizations and People2
POL5401Values and Choice in Public and Social Policy3
POL5601APolicy Processes and Analysis2
POL5801MAPPM Year 1 Residential4
POL6101International Public Management3
POL6201Comparative Public Policy3
POL6302APublic Budgeting and the Management of Financial Resources2
POL6603AApplied Research Methods Workshops2

2. Programme Electives: (6 credits)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
POL6903AMAPPM Dissertation6Part-time students will normally be required to achieve a CGPA of 3.2 by the end of their first Semester B and must submit a formal 2,000 word Dissertation Proposal.
Students studying in full-time mode may apply to undertake a Dissertation, but must submit a formal 2,000 word Dissertation Proposal early in Semester A and this will then be subject to the approval of the Dissertation Committee.
OR both
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
POL6202Evidence-based Policy Issues and Evaluation3
POL6303Comparative Public Sector Management3

3. Additional Information:

Intermediate Awards Required Courses Total Credits
Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management
All core courses 24