UCL Graduate degrees


Global Public Policy and Management EMPA

UCL's Department of Political Science and NYU Wagner have created a unique partnership to offer a truly joint degree designed for international civil servants. The robust blend of theoretical and applied policy analysis and management studies is intended to provide a distinctive edge enabling public service leaders to function with many actors in a global environment to devise and implement strategies for change.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Application dates

Please see the NYU Wagner website for application deadlines and process.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

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Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. The fees for this programme are quoted in US dollars and are set by and payable to NYU Wagner (https://wagner.nyu.edu/).

Location: New York University, New York (USA); London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Please see the NYU Wagner website for application criteria.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

Students will spend the first semester at NYU Wagner in New York City, the Spring Term at UCL and the summer in locations across the globe working on a client-based Capstone project. Core modules bridge cutting-edge concepts and skills in policy analysis, management, implementation, and facilitating change. Students will then select from the offerings of both institutions to craft an approach best suited to their specific needs.

Students undertake modules to the value of 150 credits (equivalent to 30 credits at NYU or 75 ECTS credits).

The programme consists of four core modules (two at UCL and two at NYU), four optional modules (two at UCL and two at NYU) and a Capstone project.

Upon successful completion of 150 credits, you will be awarded an EMPA in Global Public Policy and Management.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Term One at NYU Wagner
  • Global Public Policy Analysis Reform
  • Institutions, Governance, and Public Sector Reform
  • Term Two at UCL
  • Strategy and Organisational Change
  • Policy Implementation

Optional modules

Students select two from NYU Wagner and two from UCL. The below are suggestions. 

  • Term One at NYU Wagner
  • Design Thinking: A Creative Approach to Problem Solving and Creating Impact
  • Global Health Policy
  • Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • International Economic Development: Government Markets
  • International Development Project Planning
  • Politics of International Development
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Please see the NYU website for all available options.
  • Term Two at UCL
  • Agenda Setting and Public Policy
  • Policy-Making & Regulation in Europe
  • Human Rights: Politics and Practice
  • International Trade Policy
  • Law & Regulation
  • Making Policy Work
  • Public Management: Theories and Innovations
  • Please see the UCL website for all available options.

Capstone Project

All students undertake a Capstone group project which allows them to expand on their own experiences, knowledge and skills acquired through the programme to deliver a concrete task for a public services organisation. The project can be conducted in any part of the world.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations and educational visits e.g. the British Library. Assesment is through examinations, essays and the Capstone group project.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

GREAT Scholarship

£11,000 (1 year)
Based on academic merit

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates of this programme are likely to find themselves moving across a variety of international public, not-for-profit and private sector institutions during their careers in executive positions.


Students will improve their ability to craft effective solutions to problems in the face of global and local policy and management challenges. They will learn to balance advantages of public and private sector actors; promote successful inter-governmental co-operation at all levels; more effectively link policy analysis with policy implementation; and broadly ensure that policy is meeting its intended objectives and improving public welfare.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Global Public Policy and Management Executive MPA is an innovative world-class programme. Unlike many public policy and management programmes which remain focused on the domestic environment, this Executive MPA promotes internationalisation of the curriculum, student body and locations.

The combination of policy and management change skills and exposure to the world of practice, will provide a substantial and pedagogically distinctive experience.

The programme fosters a strong community and provides learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom. These cohort-based events include tailored orientation sessions, a dedicated lecture series with inspiring leaders in public service, advisory sessions, and departmental activities. Students also benefit from a strong alumni network across NYU Wagner and UCL.

Department: Political Science

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for mid-career public service professionals - analysts, decision makers and managers - on an executive track who wish to refresh their knowledge base and to reinvent how they approach their work.

Application deadlines

Please see the NYU Wagner website for application deadlines and process.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application, we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Global Public Policy and Management at graduate level
  • why you want to study Global Public Policy and Management at UCL
  • what parlicularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with the essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. Applicants who have a portfolio are strongly recommended to submit it when they apply.

When it is necessary to calculate a final average marks, the department will calculate all years of undergraduate study.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students. NYU Wagner is regulated by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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