University of York

University of York

Policy, Management and Governance

This is a part-time, postgraduate-level Certificate programme delivered wholly online in fully supported environment. The programme will enable you to actively reflect upon and analyse your own experiences within the wider organisational context, helping you to both develop your own understanding of the wider organisational context and to develop your own understanding and competence as a manager, decision maker and leader within your organisation. This Postgraduate Certificate programme is the shared foundation stage of both the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) and Masters in Public Policy and Management (MA). It can also be studied simply as a Postgraduate Certificate award. Once complete, students wishing to progress to the Masters award continue onto either the Public Administration or Public Policy and Management route.

Entry requirements

A second class (undergraduate) degree or equivalent qualification. Applicants without undergraduate-level academic experience may also be considered if they have sufficient professional background. Professional experience in the public service field. This includes roles in government at national or local level, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles that support or deliver public services. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Core modules include: public management and delivery; governance and public administration; policy analysis and process.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 321234