MA Public Policy and Management

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Application Closed

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Intermediate Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management

Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 2.5 years; Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years

Mode of Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Prof PETROVSKY, Nicolai
Admissions Tutor
Prof OR, Nick
Admissions Tutor
Prof LI, Ruozhu
General Enquiries
+852 3442 7533
Programme Aims and Objectives

The MAPPM will provide you with opportunities to enhance your theoretical knowledge, practical skills and critical understanding of public policy and management processes in both local and international contexts. Upon successful completion of the programme, you should be able to:

  • discover and analyse critically current and emerging knowledge relating to principles, theories and practices in international and local governance, public policy and management;
  • contrast and assess the roles, inter-relationships and limitations of various actors and organizations involved in the governance of people, money, and the environment ;
  • explain, compare and evaluate critically various values, ethical principles and cultural traditions shaping policy-making processes and the delivery of services to the community;
  • be creative in problem solving and demonstrate practical and, as appropriate, innovative management, planning, team-working, decision making and research skills; and
  • contribute to the development of knowledge about public policy and management by active discovery through undertaking supervised dissertation, capstone project, or other project-related coursework.
Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and hold a degree, or equivalent.

Short-listed applicants may be asked to undergo a selection process.

Priority will be given to those applying with relevant work experience.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is NOT English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • a score of 79 (Internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)@#; or

  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS)@; or

  • a score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland; or

  • Other equivalent qualifications.


@TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the commencement of the University's application period. 


# Applicants are required to arrange with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.


Fellowships Scheme

Fellowship awards are available for local students admitted to this programme under the Fellowships Scheme supported by the HKSAR Government. This programme in the priority area of “Sustainable City” is one of the targeted programmes listed under the Fellowships Scheme with 5 fellowship awards. Local students admitted to the Smart Cities Stream of the programme in full-time, part-time or combined study mode will have the chance of awarding the fellowships.

Course Description

There are six common core courses (a total of 18 credit units) and four stream core courses (a total of 12 credit units). In addition, this programme includes a 3-credit research elective course and and 3-credit experiential learning elective course:

Programme core courses (18 credit units)

Students are required to take six common core courses (a total of 18 credit units). These common core courses consist of public management, public policy evaluation, research methods and statistical analysis.  They serve as a firm foundation for public policy and management professions.

  • Theories of Government and Public Administration
  • Managing Public Institutions and Organizations
  • Values and Choice in Public Policy
  • Policy Processes and Analysis
  • Research Methods in Public Policy and Management
  • Statistical Analysis for Public Policy and Management

Stream core courses (12 credit units)

To facilitate professional specialization, the programme has four streams: Public Management, Public Policy, Smart Cities, and Governance in China. Students are allowed to choose one stream, with twelve credit units. Four designated stream courses (3 credit each) are specially designed for each of the streams.

Public Policy Stream

  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Evidence-based Policy and Practice
  • Behavioral Insights in Public Policy
  • Practice in Public Policy

Public Management Stream#

  • Public Budgeting and the Management of Financial Resources
  • Comparative Public Sector Management
  • Public Strategic Planning and Management
  • Public Human Resource Management
  • Practice in Public Management

Smart Cities Stream#

  • The Asian Metropolis: Issues in Urban Management
  • The Urban Management Workshop: Exploring the Contemporary City
  • Understanding and Managing Smart Cities
  • Data Analytics for Public Policy and Management
  • Practice in Smart Cities Management
  • Environmental Energy and Policy

Governance in China Stream

  • Key Issues in Chinese Politics
  • State and Market in China
  • Environmental Governance in China
  • Governance in the Greater China Region

#Note: Depending on the availability of resources, the Department will decide which four courses will be offered for the Smart Cities Stream and the Public Management Stream respectively at the beginning of each academic year.


Experiential Learning Elective (3 credit units)

  • PIA Postgraduate Internship OR
  • MAPPM Action Report OR
  • MAPPM Overseas Study


Research Electives (3 credit units)

Most students work in groups on a capstone project, thoroughly analyzing a public management or policy problem using the concepts and skills they have learned. Students who performed particularly well (both in terms of their cumulative grade point average and their grade in research methods) and want to work on more academically oriented research topics or pursue further study may choose to work on a dissertation instead.



Bonus Features

The programme has met the precondition for seeking accreditation from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).  This globally recognized accreditation is expected to be beneficial to the career of our graduates in future.

The programme offers you:

  • A highly varied and dynamic peer group of public managers, disciplined services officers, politicians, as well as managers and professionals working in the private and non-profit sectors.

  • Comparative perspectives

  • Integration of theories and practices   

  • International and local guest speakers and lectures

  • Special induction and study skills workshops

Students who have completed all the programme core courses (18 credits) and stream core courses (12 credits) can apply for graduation with the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management.

† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.