Public Policy and Administration

Programme TitlePublic Policy and Administration
Qualification AwardedMaster of Public Administration
Programme Credit Weight and Duration:120 ECTS / 2 years (4 semesters)
Faculty:Social Sciences
LevelMA
Teaching FormatFull-Time
Head of ProgrammeTamar Kekenadze Affiliated Associated Professor

The objectives of our Master in Public Policy and Administration program are:
• To equip students with a profound and systematic understanding of democratic institutions and
organizations, roles and functions, enabling them to ethically and effectively lead, manage, and serve public interests across national and local governments, civil societies, research bodies, and international organizations.
• To foster the competencies and skills necessary for making complex, evidence-based decisions in dynamic and vulnerable socio-economic and political contexts.
• To cultivate a comprehensive worldview grounded in ethical values, empowering students to devise solutions for intricate problems and communicate their results effectively within the public/community sphere.

After Completion of the MA in Public Policy and Administration, the student will be able to:
• Identify critical aspects of state organization/functioning and factors affecting the complex decision-making process in the public sector;
• Analyze the fundamental principles necessary for the building of a democratic state and selects the relevant features of the modern governance standard;
• Define the main characteristics of public finances, and plan the aspects of the development of the state budget;
• Analyze the fundamental issues of public policy, formulate them and independently lead the policy planning process;
• Distinguish modern approaches to organizational management and apply them in the process of managing the organization in public space;
• Based on research methods, analyze and process large-scale information using modern databases to make evidence-based decisions;
• Independently assess national security challenges and formulate the main directions of foreign policy;
• Considering ethical values, identify the ways for solving complex problems of public policy and effectively communicates them both within the organization and in the public/community space.

Semester 
1

Compulsory:

Policy Document Writing (5 ECTS)

Public Policy and Formation (5 ECTS)

Data Analysis (5 ECTS)

Reforms and Economic Development Strategy (5 ECTS)

Defence & Security Policy and Management (5 ECTS)

Elective (5 ECTS)

Total: 30 ECTS

  
2

Compulsory:

Policy Planning, Risk Analysis and Delivery (5 ECTS)

Good Governance and Accountability (5 ECTS)

Project Management in Complex Environment (5 ECTS) 

Decentralization and Local Self-Governance (5 ECTS)

Foreign Policy Formation & Management : US Foreign Policy and NATO Integration (5 ECTS)

Elective (5 ECTS)

Total: 30 ECTS 

  
3

Compulsory:

Public Management and Leadership (5 ECTS)

Public Finance and Budgeting (5 ECTS)

Policy Communication, Advocacy and Negotiations (5 ECTS)

EU Integration and Reform Agenda (5 ECTS)

Research Methods (5 ECTS)

Electives (5 ECTS)

Total: 30 ECTS

4

MA Thesis – 30 ECTS

Total: 30 ECTS 

 

Bank of Electives (Student Chooses one per semester)

  1. Election politics and Democracy (5 ECTS)
  2. Social & Health Policy and Management (5 ECTS)
  3. Education Policy and Management (5 ECTS)
  4. Politics of Environment, Energy & Resource Management (5 ECTS)
  5. Agricultural Policy and Management (5 ECTS)
  6. Logic and Critical Thinking (5 ECTS)
  7. Academic English (5 ECTS)

 

Total 15 ECTS

Total: 120 ECTS 

Student achievement of the learning outcomes during the implementation of an educational programme shall be assessed in accordance with the ‘Procedure for Calculating Higher Education Programme Credits’ approved by the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia’, issued on January 5, 2007, No 3.

Assessment of student achievements includes assessment forms – mid-term (single or multiple) and final assessments, the sum of which is the final grade (100 points).
Mid-term and Final Assessments include an assessment component (s) that defines ways/means of assessing a student’s knowledge and/or ability and/or competencies (oral/written exam, oral / written inquiry, homework, practical/theoretical work, etc.). The evaluation component combines a variety of Assessment Methods (test, essay, demonstration, presentation, practical/theoretical assignment, working in a group, participating in a discussion, solving a case, participating in a mock trial, etc.).
Midterm and Final Exams (as specific assessment forms) are conducted in written and organized centrally by the Examination Centre unless otherwise specified in a respective syllabus. Other Assessment Forms are subject-specific and defined in the syllabi.

Knowledge of a student is assessed with a 100-point grading system. 100 points represent a maximum grade. The prerequisite for acquiring ECTS credit is to accumulate at least 51 points out of 100.

The knowledge assessment system includes:
a) Five types of positive assessment:
(A) Excellent – 91-100 points;
(B) Very good – 81-90 points;
(C) Good – 71-80 points;
(D) Satisfactory – 61-70 points;
(E) Sufficient – 51-60 points.

b) Two types of negative assessment:
1. (FX) Did not pass – 41-50 points, which means that a student needs to work harder to pass and is granted with the right to take one additional exam in terms of independent work;
2. (F) Fail- 40 points and less, which means the performance of a student is not sufficient and the learner has to study the subject/learning course again.

A person with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic education is eligible to study for an English-language master’s educational programme in Public Policy and Administration, who will be enrolled in the master’s programme based on the results of the Unified Master’s Exams and the results of the internal university examination.
A person who successfully passes the Unified Master’s Exams applies to the British University for registration for the internal university examination that includes an interview with a selection committee and an English language proficiency test.

The test is assessed with a maximum of 60 points out of which the benchmark is 60 % or 36 points. The interview is assessed with a maximum of 40 points (benchmark 20).

Assessment criteria and the topic of the interview (oral exam) will be posted on the website one month in advance. Assessment criteria is given in the Program Admission Requirements and Assessment Criteria.

It is also possible to obtain student status in the Public Policy and Administration Master’s Degree programme on the basis of mobility, in accordance with the rules established by the legislation of Georgia;

Enrollment in the master’s educational programme, or enrollment by transfer from a recognized higher education institution abroad, is carried out within the timeframes and in the manner prescribed by the legislation of Georgia.

The right to study for the Public Policy and Administration master’s programme without passing the Unified Master’s Exams is allowed in accordance with the rules and within the timeframe established by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia:

A) For master’s degree candidates who have received the document certifying the
academic degree of relevant higher education in a foreign country;

B) For foreign citizens (except for students participating in the joint higher education programme and students participating in the exchange education programme) who are studying/have studied and received credits/qualifications in a master’s degree of a higher education institution recognized in accordance with the legislation of that country;

C) For citizens of Georgia (except for students participating in a joint higher education programme and students participating in an exchange education programme) who have lived in a foreign country for at least 75 days during their studies at a foreign higher education institution during one of the semesters and have received credits/qualifications in a foreign country for a master’s degree from a higher education institution recognized in accordance with the legislation of that country;

D) For master’s degree candidates who have been enrolled in a higher education institution in accordance with the procedure established by Paragraph 3 of Article 52 of the Law of Georgia on Higher Education;

E) For foreign citizens who have obtained the right to continue their education in a higher education institution of Georgia before the enactment of the Law of Georgia on Higher Education and have a document certifying higher education issued by the Government of Georgia.

A candidate who presents a certificate of English language proficiency at the B2 level is exempted from English language testing, as well as a candidate who has completed a full or part-time course in English while studying for a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the educational programme, its graduate’s employment area is wide and the graduate can be employed in public (Governmental Agencies, Diplomatic Missions, local self-government bodies etc) and other type organizations such as local non-governmental, and international organizations, Research Institutions and Academia at mid and high-level positions.

Graduates of the master’s programme have the opportunity to continue their studies in the doctoral programme, taking into account the prerequisites for admission to the relevant educational programme.

A person with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic education is eligible to study for an English-language master’s educational programme in Public Policy and Administration, who will be enrolled in the master’s programme based on the results of the Unified Master’s Exams and the results of the internal university examination.
A person who successfully passes the Unified Master’s Exams applies to the British University for registration for the internal university examination that includes an interview with a selection committee and an English language proficiency test.

The test is assessed with a maximum of 60 points out of which the benchmark is 60 % or 36 points. The interview is assessed with a maximum of 40 points (benchmark 20).

Assessment criteria and the topic of the interview (oral exam) will be posted on the website one month in advance. Assessment criteria is given in the Program Admission Requirements and Assessment Criteria.

It is also possible to obtain student status in the Public Policy and Administration Master’s Degree programme on the basis of mobility, in accordance with the rules established by the legislation of Georgia;

Enrollment in the master’s educational programme, or enrollment by transfer from a recognized higher education institution abroad, is carried out within the timeframes and in the manner prescribed by the legislation of Georgia.

The right to study for the Public Policy and Administration master’s programme without passing the Unified Master’s Exams is allowed in accordance with the rules and within the timeframe established by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia:

A) For master’s degree candidates who have received the document certifying the
academic degree of relevant higher education in a foreign country;

B) For foreign citizens (except for students participating in the joint higher education programme and students participating in the exchange education programme) who are studying/have studied and received credits/qualifications in a master’s degree of a higher education institution recognized in accordance with the legislation of that country;

C) For citizens of Georgia (except for students participating in a joint higher education programme and students participating in an exchange education programme) who have lived in a foreign country for at least 75 days during their studies at a foreign higher education institution during one of the semesters and have received credits/qualifications in a foreign country for a master’s degree from a higher education institution recognized in accordance with the legislation of that country;

D) For master’s degree candidates who have been enrolled in a higher education institution in accordance with the procedure established by Paragraph 3 of Article 52 of the Law of Georgia on Higher Education;

E) For foreign citizens who have obtained the right to continue their education in a higher education institution of Georgia before the enactment of the Law of Georgia on Higher Education and have a document certifying higher education issued by the Government of Georgia.

A candidate who presents a certificate of English language proficiency at the B2 level is exempted from English language testing, as well as a candidate who has completed a full or part-time course in English while studying for a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

For Georgian Citizens: 4000 GEL
For International Students: 5000 GEL

The teaching and learning methods used within the programme are based on the principles of student-centred teaching and ensure the achievement of learning outcomes.

Forms of organizing relevant teaching are used to achieve the goals of the educational programme. The learning courses of the programme provide the required ratio of contact and independent working hours.

A lecture-seminar method is used to achieve the objectives of the Learning course in the educational programme.

Each of them combines methods and techniques, and relevant activities, taking into account the objectives of the training course and the specifics of the topics to be discussed, which are specifically defined by the syllabi of the relevant learning courses, taking into account course objectives and competencies to be developed within the course.

Lecture-verbal/ or presentation tools are used to give knowledge to students on the issues identified in the syllabus.
Seminar – serves to deepen the knowledge gained during the lecture. It is also used for student assessment.

Used in the lecture and seminar:

 Verbal method – This method is actively used during the lecture when the lecturer conveys through narration, and conversation, explains the learning material, while students actively perceive, memorize and comprehend it, actively perceive, assimilate and convey to the audience.

 Brainstorming – This method involves brainstorming as many as possible ideas about a particular issue/problem within a particular topic, preferably radically different, promoting the formation and expression of an opinion, or idea. This method helps to develop a creative approach to the problem.

 Discussion – debate, which increases the degree of student involvement and activity. The discussion can turn into an argument, which is not limited to the questions asked by the professor. This method develops the student’s ability to argue and substantiate his or her own opinion;

 Case study method – Involves discussing specific cases with students during the lecture explanation process in order to present the theoretical material more clearly and thoroughly.

 The explanatory method- is based on reasoning around a given issue. When presenting the material, the professor cites a specific example, which is discussed in detail within the given topic;

 Group (Collaborative) Work – involves forming small teams in academic groups to develop teamwork skills, including encouraging some kind of competition to better prepare/present a specific group assignment/project in a learning material format; development of leadership skills in teams, development of competitiveness skills, redistribution of functions among team members.

 Writing method – Working on tests, quizzes, tasks and exercises, preparing essays and reports based on the covered materials. Making excerpts and notes, compiling material and abstracts.

 Practical work – for the practical interpretation of theoretical material, doing practical tasks and assignments, solving hypothetical problems and practical issues.

 Demonstration – an academic activity during which a lecturer shows students in observer mode how to perform a specific theoretical or practical task.

 Presentation – action-oriented learning is one of the effective activities in which students find relevant materials on a given topic and present it to the group using technical aids/demonstration materials.

 Working on textbooks – is used by the student for independent familiarization with mandatory and additional literature given in the syllabus, studying relevant material, processing and analysis of given references

 Communicative work – according to the communicative approach, teaching process aims to develop students’ communicative skills. This approach includes interactive methods of teaching.

 Action-based learning – is an activity where the practical interpretation of theoretical material is particularly important and involves the practical use of theoretically acquired knowledge, through the performance of practical tasks, and problem-solving, which develops the student’s skills in applying theoretical knowledge in practice.

 Project Based Learning – involves students working on projects for a certain period of time, within which they are tasked with solving real problems or answering difficult questions and making a final presentation of the project. As a result, the student develops deep content knowledge, critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration, academic writing and presentation skills, and practical skills.

 Simulation – is complex training, during which participation in solving hypothetical problems based on the events taking place in the real environment takes place. In the process of simulation, in order to achieve a defined goal, roles are distributed, resources are provided and decisions are made based on it. Parameters relevant to the real situation are controlled, and decision-making based on them provides critical and analytical thinking. In the process of simulation, knowledge gained in the past is collected, deepened, and applied in practice

 Study Tour – refers to a visit to the functional space of a specific field, within which the student has the opportunity to get acquainted with the practical work side of a specific direction, to have interaction with the working experts of the field, and participate in the work process.

 Interaction – an academic activity, which involves processing the topic within the lecture in the format of an active dialogue with students. Interactive work allows attracting and maintains the attention of students, as well as determines the level of understanding of new information provided during the lecture.

 Role Play – scenario-based activity allows students to look at the issue from different points of view and helps them to develop an alternative point of view. Role-playing games develop the student’s ability to express his position independently and defend it in an argument.

 Research-based learning – is the integration of a theoretical knowledge base or theoretical knowledge using appropriate data collection and analysis procedures to test, verify, or study a phenomenon or event. Research and research practice activities are needed to develop the research competencies of future professionals.

The programme is implemented at the premises of the British Teaching University in Georgia, which is equipped with the material and technological resources necessary for the implementation of the programme. Specifically, the University has the Library (where the required learning materials and other resources are available, both in print and electronic format, scientific databases), the computer classroom (with free access to computers and the Internet), conference rooms, and auditoriums. Further, the University utilises online platforms (Zoom, Google Meet) , Learning Process Management System Data Analysis Management System (SPSS)

The programme is executed by British University academic staff and qualified professionals with the necessary competencies to produce the learning outcomes of the programme, professional experience relevant to the programme profile, academic degree, teaching and research experience. Program is jointly developed by the Georgian and foreign experts. Program is developed witht the cooperation of Governmental agencies, former and currents civil servants, and in partnership with local and international non-governmental organizations.
During the Program implementation phase, additional public lectures will be organized tailored to course specificities and led by the practitioners.

Tamar Kekenadze is the Head of the Institute for Research and Policy Development at the British University in Georgia. She obtained a PhD in Economics from Georgian Technical University and has been awarded multiple prestigious fellowships and has completed leadership programmes, including the Stanford Leadership Academy for Development and the European Women’s Academy of Political Leadership and Campaigning. Tamar’s educational background also includes an MA in Computer Engineering and a BA in Computer Systems and Networks from Georgian Technical University. She has completed courses in managing defence, wider security contexts, and generals, ambassadors, and flag officers from renowned institutions such as the NATO Defense Colleague, the Defence Academy in the UK, and John Hopkins University in the US.

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