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Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

Programme Information - Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg)

Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes in 2017 entry are now closed. Applications for 2018 entry will start in mid-November 2017 tentatively and updated programme information will be available by that time. The programme information for 2017 entry listed below is for reference only.

MA Public Policy and Management


Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Programme Code P27
Intermediate Award Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management
Mode of Programme Combined
Class Schedule Weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons
Indicative Intake Target 50
Minimum No. of Credits Required 30
Normal Duration of Programme Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Maximum Study Period Full-time: 2.5 years; Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years
Programme Website Click here to open
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 Director
Dr CHEN, Vincent Yiu-por
Ph.D. (Columbia), MLA (Harvard), MA (HKUST), B.B.A. (Macau)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 7533
Admissions Officer
Dr Glenn HUI
† 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.

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 governance, policy making and public management;
  • 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 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:
  • TOEFL score 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • Overall band 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

Course Description

The programme lays the theoretical framework for the academic study of key issues, practices and values in public policy and management. Courses include:

  • Applied Research Methods Workshops
  • Managing Organizations and People
  • Policy Processes and Analysis
  • Theories of Government and Public Administration 
  • Values and Choice in Public and Social Policy

Special induction workshops help you to develop your study skills, and the overseas residential tour, held between Semester A and B on Year 1, provides opportunities for intensive experiential learning, and comparative study.

Then, you will proceed to more specialized courses in Comparative Public Policy and International Public Management. Courses include:

  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Public Budgeting and the Management of Financial Resources
  • International Public Management
  • MAPPM Dissertation or Evidence-based Policy Issues & Evaluation and Comparative Public Sector Management

Bonus Features

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
  • MAPPM Year 1 Residential (additional residential fee is required)
  • Special induction and study skills workshops