Public Policy and Administration (PPA) Stream

The specialization in Public Policy and Administration (PPA) within the MPM Program offers academically sound, practice-oriented training for public policy and management. The stream combines business management with social sciences perspectives and prepares participants for interdisciplinary approaches to conceptual assessment, implementation, and the adaptation of international management models to the specific circumstances of the public sector. Short descriptions of our stream foundation modules and joint foundation modules can be found below. Furthermore all students can choose from different elective modules.

Stream Foundation Modules

Public Financial Management
The overall objective of the course is to inform participants about modern concepts, instruments and techniques of financial management including issues of public finance in the public sector.

Human Resource Management
The course Human Resource Management aims to help future managers to improve their effectiveness in the employment, development and assessment of their employees in order to enhance the value of the organization's human resources.

Joint Foundation Modules

Foundations of Public Management
The overall objective of the course is to inform participants on the following aspects of Public Management: Introduction to Public Management, Concepts of Public Management, Functions and Issues, Public Management in selected countries, open and controversial questions related to Public Management.

Applied Policy Analysis
Policy analysis (also called public policy research or policy studies) is a special field in the social sciences which concentrates on the content, explanation and effects of government policies (such as social policy, environmental policy, administrative policy etc.). The seminar will discuss basic concepts with the help of established Anglo-Saxon textbooks.

Professional and Management Skills - Part 1: Research Skills
This course teaches the basics of how social scientists develop their research design. The course is focused on the research process in general. It considers the different steps of the research process.

Professional and Management Skills - Part 2: Communication Skills
This course will help you improve your communication skills while you become familiar with the special features of academic English you will need at university and with your professional contacts. The course will provide you with listening practice to improve your note-taking, your questions in class and at meetings, and your pronunciation.

Professional and Management Skills - Part 3: Management Skills
This course provides an introduction to management skills and behavior with a focus on teams in projects. The primary goal is to equip course participants with an understanding of practical tools for managing work-related behaviors effectively.

Elective Modules

Elective modules are chosen freely by the student, irrespective of their specialization-stream. The offered seminars in this area vary each semester and are thus only mentioned exemplarily.

  • Public Sector Reform
  • Climate Diplomacy
  • Governing Global Health
  • Climate Change and Development
  • Social Security