1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into MPM-Master of Public Sector Management
2 A GPA of at least 5.5 in MPM-Master of Public Sector Management
3 Admission into MPP-Master of Public Policy
4 A GPA of at least 5.5 in MPP-Master of Public Policy
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2) or (3 and 4))
Enrolment not permitted
POAD9100 has been successfully completed
Topic description
The project provides an opportunity to analyse in greater depth examples of public administration, policy or management, leading to preparation of a project report or case study of about 12,000 words. The work may be based on a particular situation in policy or public sector management, and analyse its characteristics, identifying practicable alternatives for action; or it may be derived from questions identified in the literature, and examine their applicability to a specific practical situation or situations. In each case, students should demonstrate close familiarity with the literature and provide a convincing conceptual framework for their analysis of the situation in question.

Some empirical research may be necessary. The project will not necessarily be externally examined.
Educational aims
The Project in Public Administration involves supervised individual reading and research in an area of public administration, public policy or public management, culminating in the production of a project of about 12,000 words in length. In the preparation of the project, the student should have developed sufficient appreciation of research methods, and the relevant research literature in order to analyse, in reasonable depth, actual examples of public administration, public policy or public management.
Expected learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete the project must demonstrate:
  • a capacity to undertake independent research on the chosen topic
  • a capacity to design their research methodology and present it at seminars and, if appropriate, prepare related documentation for the approval of relevant university committees
  • a capacity to communicate the findings of their research in the written work submitted for examination
  • a capacity to verbally present the findings of their research to their peers