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The Public Policy and Management (PPM) offering from the University of London comprises a Masters and three specialist Postgraduate Diploma programmes by distance learning.

PPM programmes include:

  • MSc Public Policy and Management (8 courses)

This programme will provide you with the analytical tools that you need to understand the principles and methods of modern public policy and management and enable you to make management decisions and policy choices in the financing and management of infrastructure and services in the public sector.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Financial Management (4 courses)

This qualification is designed to enable you to advise on revenue raising policy, to make decisions about investment projects, when and how to use privatisation and public-private partnerships and how to management budgets, reports on financial aspects of public services, and manage the financial relationships between national and sub-national governments.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Studies (4 courses)

This specialist Diploma has been formulated for people working in policy-making and advisory capacities. The courses progress through the techniques of policy analysis and implementation to discussion of particular policy issues. The course materials cover a range of policy issues and a variety of socio-economic contexts, levels of government and regime types.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management (4 courses)

This Diploma provides a good preparation for managing and advising public sector organisations. The programme focuses on managing people, managing change, the theory and practice of leadership, and designing and using information systems.

Exclusive discounts for ACCA members and affiliates

ACCA members and affiliates are entitled to a 5% discount on each of the course fees, which make up the Public Policy and Management (PPM) offered by the Centre for Financial and Management Studies, SOAS. 

Registration, Study and Examinations

The start dates for the programmes are November, January and June. Members and affiliates can apply to start throughout the year. The online application form and further information about application procedures and deadlines are provided in the 'external links' area at the bottom of this page.

These postgraduate programmes are offered by distance learning. The year is divided into five study sessions, with each course lasting eight weeks. You can only take one course at a time but each course is typically available in at least two of the year’s sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.

Each course is assessed by two assignments and a three-hour examination held annually in October. SOAS has exam centres in over 140 countries and further information can be found in the external links area.

Last updated: 19 Mar 2014