To graduate, the MPM candidate will be required to achieve a CAP of minimum 3.0. You need to complete the following:
- 5 Core modules (NUS component)
- 1 MPM Elective module (NUS component)
- 2 Elective modules (NUS component)
- Attachment Programme to a Singapore Ministry or Statutory Board (NUS component)
- 4 Elective modules at Harvard Kennedy School or Columbia SIPA
The Core modules focus on imparting practical skills, disciplinary knowledge, and interdisciplinary competencies necessary for the work done by policy practitioners, researchers, public managers and leaders.
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The following 5 modules are compulsory:
- PP5301 Economic Reasoning and Policy (2 Modular Credits)
This course is designed to familiarise students with the strengths and the limitations of economic reasoning in addressing a wide variety of policy issues related to meeting the primary economic challenge of any society. This challenge is the necessity to allocate physical, human, and environmental resources among alternative uses to promote efficiency, equity and human welfare. The course is organised around key economic concepts, including economic and technical efficiency; information and institutional practices and structures; comparative advantage; different types of cost; the role of prices; money and taxes; strategic behaviour; time; national income; wealth and resource accounts; technology; market and government failures; externalities; public goods; risk; uncertainty; insurance; and regulation. These concepts will first be explained in an intuitive and non-technical manner. These explanations will then be integrated with economic data, specific contexts, and behavioural and other assumptions to analyse specific policy issues in an interactive manner.
- PP5303 Public Management (2 Modular Credits)
Starting off with a review of the evolution of thinking about public management from public administration to the manager as leader, the course will focus on how a senior manager in government succeeds. It allows for the examination of both internal and external management responsibilities and skills, and looks at the political responsibilities of managers, from creating a vision and building on an authorising environment to creating coalitions and increasing organisational capacity. The literature of customer orientation and reinventing government will also be explored.
- PP5308 Frameworks for Policy Analysis (2 Modular Credits)
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the principal elements of public policy analysis and decision-making. The class will be structured as a seminar and will, in the first part of the term, focus on some relevant theoretical models of policy analysis and decision-making. The second part of the term will be directed at substantive policy areas from both a national and comparative perspective. Upon completing the course, students will have a broad perspective of the factors that contribute to the development of public policy; understand the role of interests- both public and particularistic- on state decision-makers; and develop the skills to analyse the rationale for public policies and policy decisions.
- PP5310 Public Management Seminars (4 Modular Credits)
The module provides a comprehensive coverage of the dominant challenges that contemporary societies face and the policies that governments respond with. Such challenges include: Multi-ethnic/religious societies and social harmony; Health Pandemics; Unemployment and Social Unrest; Geopolitics and International Relations; Refugees and Asylum Seekers; Corruption Prevention and Good Governance; Heritage Conservation and Media and Communication. The module will also devote a special section to the Singapore Experience where illustrations will be made with reference to how the Singapore government has dealt with many of these challenges.
- PP5010 The LKY School Course (No Modular Credits)
The LKY School Course is a core module comprising a series of lectures on public policy innovations in Singapore and elsewhere, against a broad background of Asia’s development trajectory. The module will provide students with broad appreciation of the philosophy and principles that inform governance and public policy. Notably, it will explore specific public policy innovations in Singapore, like housing and healthcare, and analyse thinking behind the formulation and implementations of such policies.
PP5313 Topics in Public Management (2 Module Credits)
This half semester module provides students with insights on current hot topic issues of the day relevant to senior officials in public service. Students will have an opportunity to discuss and debate these issues with experts in the field.
You can choose to read any 2 Elective modules. For a list of all Elective modules offered, click here.
Attachment Programme in Singapore
Our MPM students will be attached to a Singapore Ministry or Statutory Board, where they will be exposed to the workings of how the government operates. Not only will this bridge the gap between theory and practice, it also offers an overview of the processes of policy-making in Singapore. It challenges the MPM candidate to explore the factors that contribute to good governance and provides a hands-on approach in his or her area of interest. The programme takes place from May to June.
Partner University Component
Tapping into our partnership networks, MPM students get to spend a semester at either the Harvard Kennedy School , or the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University. This component take place during the months of January to May, and exposes our students to the classroom environment of our esteemed counterparts around the world.
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- Ethics in Government
- Reasoning from History
- Management, Finance, Regulation and Public Infrastructure
- Introduction to Health Policy
- Health Policy Reform
- Poverty and Social Policy
- Policy-making in Urban Settings
- Real Estate Finance and Development Fundamentals
- National Security Organisation and Management
- The Political Economy of Trade
- The American Presidency
- Managing Political Campaigns
- Leadership and Ethics in Foreign Policy
- Why are so many countries poor, volatile and unequal?
- Public Finance in Open Economies
- Managing Policy Change in a Global Environment
- Foreign Policy, the News, and American Public Opinion
- Strategic Management in the Public Sector
- Organisational Analysis for Managers
- Public Management Reform and Innovation: A Comparative Survey
- Leadership for a Digital World
- Science, Technology, and Public Policy
- Ruling the Net: Technology, Policy, and the Future of Governance
- Theory of International Political Economy
- Politics of Policy-making
- International Law
- Politics of Middle East and North Africa
- Southeast Asia
- Central Issues in American Foreign Policy
Typical MPM Academic Calendar for 2017-18
|Mid-July to August||Orientation Programme|
|Semester 1 (at NUS)|
August to November
|3 Common Curriculum modules |
1 MPM Elective module
2 Elective modules
|End-November to early-December||Examinations|
|Semester 2 (at Partner University)|
January to mid-May
|4 Elective modules |
Examinations and break
|Special Term (at NUS)|
May to July
|1 Common Curriculum module |
|July to mid-August (at NUS)||Completion and presentation of Attachment paper|
Continuation and Termination
An MPM candidate’s CAP should not fall below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters or 3.0 for three consecutive semesters. A candidate who failed to maintain the minimum CAP as stipulated would have his or her candidature terminated. An MPM candidate must obtain a minimum CAP of 3.0 for the 16 NUS Modular Credits before he or she can proceed with the overseas partner university component.
A candidate who fails a Common Curriculum module must retake and pass an examination in that module in a subsequent semester. A candidate who fails an elective module may, subject to the approval of the school, retake the module or choose an alternative module and pass its examination in a subsequent semester. A candidate who fails a module in a second attempt or fails more than three modules throughout the course of study will be required to terminate his or her candidature.
Aside from the comprehensive information on our admissions page, if you have any other queries or would like to receive a copy of our programme brochure, please submit your request via our query form. Alternatively, you may also speak to our admissions officers at +65 65168004.