Department of Public Policy
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Why Study Here
Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management
Brief Description
(Incorporating the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management)

Our Students

Our students include:
•    Administrative, Executive and Disciplined Services Officers;
•    Professionals in in health- or social welfare-related services:
•    University Administrators or School Teachers;
•    Journalists, Accountants, Lawyers and various Private Sector Business Managers;
•    District Council Members and Assistants to Legislative or District Councilors;
•    And many others who want to know more about public policy and governance.

Mode of Study and Teaching Arrangements

Students in “Full-time mode”:
  • all non-local students who pursue the programme with student visa are normally under this mode;
  • local students may also opt for this study mode if they can commit taking at least 12 credits of courses for a regular semester throughout the study period;
  • can normally complete the programme in one year;
  • attending five weekday evening classes and/or some Saturday classes every week.
 Students in “Part-time mode”:
  • should not take more than 11 credits of courses for a regular semester throughout the study period;
  • can normally complete the programme in two years;
  • attending one to three weekday evening classes per week and/or some classes are on Saturday.
 Students in “Combined mode’:
  • suitable for students who are uncertain whether they can pursue the programme in the specific “full-time” or “part-time” mode throughout the study period;
  • flexibility to switch between the “full time” or the “part time” study load during the study period;
  • the maximum study period of “combined mode” students are the same as “part time” students;
  • will not be entitled to benefits exclusive for “full-time students”, such as, MTR student travel scheme.
Except students who registered for the “full-time” mode, all other students will be pre-registered for taking “part-time” study load as default.

For students admitted to the programme in 2017 or earlier:

POL5101: Theories of Government and Public Administration (3 credits)
Course Aims
  • examine critically major theories about the state, the role of government and the nature of public administration, public management and governance;
  • discover the theoretical and practical issues underpinning current trends whereby public administration is being reformulated in terms of public management and/or ‘good governance’;
  • evaluate the similarities and differences in the roles and management of, and interactions between, the public, private and non-governmental sectors;
  • apply the theories of government, governance and public administration/ management to analyse the quality of governance in Hong Kong, China and related countries;
  • enable students to analyse public administration/management issues with reference to the respective historical, political, economic and social environments, and to recommend possible approaches for resolving the problems.
POL5301A: Managing Organizations and People (2 credits)
Course Aims
  • critically engage students with contemporary issues and developments in human resource management (HRM) and organisational behaviour (OB);
  • adopt a diverse multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural and comparative approach to enable students to discover, analyse and contribute to providing creative solutions for specific HRM and OB issues related to Hong Kong and mainland China.
POL5401: Values and Choice in Public and Social Policy (3 credits)
Course Aims
  • examine the rationale and the context of the study of public policy;
  • analyse the relationship between the state, society and public policy;
  • assess  policy capacity in Hong Kong;
  • discuss the concept of globalization and its consequences on public policy;
  • develop ideas about the relationship between values and the normative basis of public policy;
  • examine, compare and evaluate different moral principles and ethical theories shaping public policy;
  • enable students to develop their ideas about the moral basis of public policy making in Hong Kong.   
POL5601A: Policy Processes and Analysis (2 credits)
Course Aims
  • examine major theories of policy process, models of policy making, and forms of policy analysis;
  • enable students to engage with the complexity and dynamics of public and social policy;
  • discover how new ideas shape public policies; implementation;
  • apply the theories and models of policy making to the analysis policy cases in Hong Kong; and
  • evaluate policy alternatives, both prospectively and retrospectively.
POL5801: MAPPM Year 1 Residential (4 credits)
Course Aims
  • discover new knowledge about, and skills in: team management, development and leadership; self-development; conflict resolution and negotiation; communication with senior management, peers, subordinates, the public and media; policy-making in contexts of disputed interpretations of ‘the public interest’;
  • critically examine and test theories and the application of knowledge and key management skills to complex public management and policy problems;
  • develop teamworking roles and skills and enhance group bonding through engagement in a variety of collaborative and competitive extended team-based exercise; 
  • examine comparatively and critically key governance, public policy and management principles and practices in the jurisdiction being visited;
  • master the abilities required to conduct the background research, design, implementation, on-site data collection, data analysis and final report writing and presentation of a study comparing policy issues and public perceptions of a key policy area in Hong Kong and the country being visited.
 POL6101: International Public Management (3 credits)
 Course Aims
  • identify significant recent and current international trends and developments in public management theories and practices;
  • examine the processes and related debates about the nature and impact of globalization, internationalization, diffusion and transfer in public sector management and reform;
  • illustrate and analyse the diversity, complexity and dynamics of public sector management through the comparative study of key public management reforms in the international arena and in the Asia-Pacific and European regions in particular;
  • recognize the importance, strengths and weaknesses of the activities of transnational and regional organizations such as the World Bank, OECD, etc., in the development, dissemination and evaluation of public management reforms;
  • encourage the development of the academic skills needed to organize, summarize, interpret, evaluate and discuss critically, both orally and in writing, scholarly articles, factual information and official data relating to the development and implementation of specific public management developments in a variety of different jurisdictions.
 POL6201: Comparative Public Policy (3 credits)
 Course Aims
  • develop  students’ knowledge on  the major conceptual approaches that have been developed for policy transfer and lesson learning in policy-making ;
  • critically assess and synthesize the applicability of these concepts for analyzing public policy development in East Asia in the context of an increasingly pluralized world;
  • undertake comparative study of major public policy areas such as environment, education, social security, or health care in light of the global public policy trends and changing governance models in public policy;
  • apply theories and evidence from other countries and reflect on processes of policy transfer to into Greater China (Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan) to enable them to question policy processes, synthesize knowledge from different places and disciplines and consider the nature of policy in Greater China.
POL6202: Evidence-based Policy Issues & Evaluation (3 creits)
Course Aims
  • enable students to discover evidence base for identifying, analysing, and evaluating contemporary and critical policy issues;
  • introduce elements in a policy cycle and tools available for analysing them;
  • apply approaches in analysing issues in different policy domains such as education, health, industry, energy and environment: stakeholder analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and institutional analysis;
  • enable students to engage in debating contemporary policy issues from a more informed, analytical perspective.
POL6302A: Public Budgeting and the Management of Financial Resources (2 credits)
Course Aims
  • introduce the key concepts and core issues in public budgeting and financial control;
  • detect the problems and shortfalls of traditional budgeting and the objectives of budgeting and financial management reforms;
  • evaluate current trends in budgetary and financial management reforms, both locally and internationally;
  • understand key issues in the public budgeting and financial management in Hong Kong with a view to critically assessing them with the techniques introduced in this class.
POL6303: Comparative Public Sector Management (3 credits)
Course Aims
  • discover and evaluate critically alternative management and policy implementation strategies for organizing and delivering public services;
  • develop critical skills and innovative ideas in comparative analysis in relation to a variety of  approaches to effective public sector management, governance and regulation;
  • undertake in-depth comparative study of issues such as: modernising disciplined services; managing heritage, leisure and cultural services; the delivery of family and social service programmes; performance evaluation and audit; private and third sector (NGO and not-for-profit) involvement in public services delivery and in social enterprise; crisis management and also logistics.
POL6603A: Applied Research Methods Workshops (2 credits)
Course Aims
  • enable students to enhance their basic knowledge and skills in social research methods;
  • develop skills in devising innovative primary research questions, to collect and interpret data and to contribute constructively and creatively to paired and small group work tasks, particular emphasis will be placed on the critical evaluation of both published research and of raw data presented in a variety of formats;
  • strengthen abilities to describe and relate various methodological positions, to justify the rationale for conducting primary research and to compare and contrast different types of research.
POL6903A: MAPPM Dissertation (6 credits)
Course Aims
  • enhance students’ abilities to carry out independent research and to develop expertise in a chosen subject area;
  • enable students to demonstrate initiative and intellectual achievement in their application of the theories and techniques provided by the course;
  • strengthen students’ abilities to discuss critically the chosen subject matter and the principles being applied;
  • enable students to enhance their professional development and where appropriate to make a research-based contribution to the understanding of important issues within their own organizations.

Further Information and Contacts:
Programme Director : Dr. Chih-wei Hsieh
Admissions Officer: Dr. Glenn Hui
Dissertation Coordinator:  Dr. Chih-wei Hsieh

For further information of the programme, please refer to our pamphlet and Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies’ online prospectus.

Tel: (852) 3442 7533
Fax: (852) 3442 0413