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Master of Public Policy (MPP)

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is designed to provide education which complies with  international norms, for professionals to develop further as leaders in a variety of roles, including public policy analysis and planning, public management and services, research institutes, government orientated positions within the private sector and the third sector organizations.  The MPP’s scope includes providing students with the theoretical and practical knowledge to develop and apply the analytical tools necessary for high quality policy analysis and strategic development.  This includes aspects of design, advocacy and evaluation of public policies and strategies.  It will contribute to growth in program management capabilities within a dynamic economic and global context. The MPP Programme is also aligned to the seven key strategic objectives of the UAE National Innovation Strategy (NIS) in addition to alignment with the United Nations Global Goals- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in close cooperation and coordination with the UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA), including:

  1. Renewable Energy
  2. Transportation
  3. Education
  4. Health
  5. Technology
  6. Water
  7. Space

Program Mission

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program provides an opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, intellectual and practical skills, aspects of competence and other attributes in the area of Public Policy. In the current context of the rapidly-evolving global socio-economic reality and technological spread, the policy making and delivery function of the State have now become more challenging than at any time in the past. Students who study the MPP at MBRSG can become specialized policymakers and policy analysts as well as the public governance leaders who facilitate creativity, skill and commitment in managing innovative and smart public policies, 

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the MPP program will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast current governance and public policy theories and perspectives to the analysis of the relationship between structure of governance and policy performance and the development of innovative public governance systems and policy processes to face the future challenges in public service delivery.
  2. Evaluate how various principles, tools and methods influence the effectiveness of public policy development, implementation and evaluation.
  3. Measure the values of governance not only in terms of better performance, accountability and transparency but also how they engage citizens, markets and the third sector in participatory policy making and policy change.
  4. Analyze public policies in key sectors such as economic, social, education, health and sustainable environment using appropriate research principles and methods.
  5. Appraise the impact of global political and economic institutions, knowledge sharing and current trends on governance and public policy.
  6. Utilize effective leadership and teamwork skills to solve complex/ advanced public organizational problems and communicate policy decisions.

Admission Requirements

  1. A minimum equivalent cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale for full admission or 2.50 (on a 4.0 Scale) for Conditional Admission. or its established equivalent, in the applicant’s recognised Bachelor’s degree program.
  2. As the MPP is taught in English, a minimum EmSAT score of 1400, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the Paper-Based, or 213 on the Computer-Based, or 79 on the Internet-Based test, or its equivalent in a standardized English language test, such as 6.0 IELTS or another standardized, internationally recognized test approved by the Ministry of Education.
  3. Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of three (3) years’ relevant work experience, except for applicants who have a CGPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale, and who are already working in the public sector or a non-profit organization, who may be accepted with a minimum relevant work experience of eighteen months.

Proficiency Requirements

Prior to enrolling in a Master of Public Policy (MPP) program students must demonstrate proficiency in basic statistics and research methods. These requirements can be met by passing an undergraduate university level subject in statistics and/or research methods. Students who have not demonstrated previous proficiency in basic statistics and research methods will be required to take the Foundation Course for Research Methods in Public Policy during their first semester of academic study. Furthermore, these students will be limited to enrolling and studying one Core Module, in addition to the Foundation Course for Research Methods in Public Policy, in their first academic semester as part of their Master of Public Policy (MPP) program of study.

Orientation and Online Post Graduate Academic Skills Course

The aim of the MBRSG Orientation Session is to introduce students to the range of services that are available to postgraduate students, as well as to provide them with essential information about registration and enrollment. It is also an opportunity for students to get acquainted with each other. During these sessions, faculty members will guide you through essential knowledge and skills to enhance your progression through the programs.

We propose that induction will answer many of the questions that students may have about what being a postgraduate student at MBRSG. The Orientation Session will be delivered the weekend prior to the commencement of the first semester of study. All new postgraduate students are required to attend.

In support of students at the commencement of their graduate studies or at what may be a return to an academic environment after a period away from higher education, MBRSG requires that all new students admitted to a graduate program attend the Orientation Session.

During these sessions, faculty members will guide you through essential knowledge and skills to enhance your progression through the programs. The Orientation Session will answer many of the questions that students may have about what being a postgraduate student at MBRSG.

There are a number of activities built into the first year of your experience at MBRSG to enable you to adjust to the learning environment and attain the desired level of progression.  You will also be invited to complete the online Post Graduate Academic Skills Course which is designed to make you aware of the academic skills required to succeed at the Post Graduate Level. You will learn about vital academic skills such as critical thinking, academic reading strategies and writing for academic purposes, to help you in your study at MBRSG. This should be completed prior to registering on your core modules in the first semester of your learning journey.
Once you have started studying you will have access to a number of academic enrichment resources via Blackboard to support your development of transferable academic skills throughout the duration of your program.

Careers and Employability

Our Master of Public Policy graduates will find themselves working in a range of public and private sector organizations. The MPP degree will equip graduates to operate effectively in an environment where public policy options have multiplied and where the boundaries between public and private entities have become increasingly blurred. Graduates can also be promoted into senior policy making and decision making roles with the public or private sector, because they now have a breath of applied knowledge related to the field of public policy. Graduates with the various specializations are further equipped to take up senior decision making, consultancy or advisory positions in their areas of specialization.   

Program Structure

Semester Full Time Part Time
1 MPP 701 20 credits MPP 701 20 credits
MPP 702 20 credits MPP 703 20 credits
MPP 703 20 credits    
2 MPP 704 20 credits MPP 702 20 credits
Elective 1 20 credits MPP 704 20 credits
Elective 2 20 credits    
3 Dissertation 60 credits Elective 1 20 credits
    Elective 2 20 credits
4     Dissertation - Semester 1 60 credits
5     Dissertation - Semester 2 (if required)
Total   180 credits   180 credits

Module Structure

Module Code Module Title Credits
Core Modules
MPP 701 Governance & Policy Process 20
MPP 702 Public Policy Analysis 20
MPP 703 Public Economics & Finance 20
MPP 704 Microeconomics of Competitiveness 20
Students undertaking the Master of Public Policy (MPP) - are required to take two modules from the following Elective options, depending on the chosen area of specialization.
Social Policy
MPP 711* Social Policy  20
MPP 712 Global Governance 20
MPP 713* Education Policy and Development 20
MPP 714 Comparative Higher Education 20
MPP 715* Health Policy, Law & Ethics Management 20
MPP 716 Public Health Policy Leadership & System Thinking 20
Sustainable Development
MPP 717* Global Sustainable Development – the Challenge 20
MPP 718 Sustainable Development And Regional Policy in Practice 20
Science & Technology
MPP 719* The Political Economy of Science Policy 20
MPP 720 Science, Technology And Innovation: Markets, Firms And Policies 20
Elective 1 Either MPP711, MPP713, MPP715, MPP717 or MPP719  20
Elective 2 Either MPP711, MPP713, MPP715, MPP717 or MPP719 20
MPP 901 Dissertation 60

Total Credits


Program Requirements

To be awarded a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree requires the successful completion of six (6) Modules and a Dissertation totaling 180 (CATS) credits with an overall average grade of 60% (Merit) or above, in accordance with the Graduate Completion Policy (P-ACD-134).


Delivery Mode

Students for the MPP can enroll as part-time students over 2 years or full-time students over 18 months.  The primary mode of delivery is weekly small group interactive lectures offered in the afternoon and early evening.  Each 20 credit module will comprise a minimum of 30 hours of direct contact.  Students are also required to complete a further 170 hours of directed independent learning and self –access study
The program is further supported by e-learning resources for each subject on Blackboard and students are required to attend additional (non-credit) workshops focusing on the development of academic writing and research skills.  Students are also encouraged to attend seminars and guest lectures hosted by the MBRSG.


Students can exit with a Post Graduate Diploma* after completing 120 credits and prior to attempting the dissertation.
* subject to meeting the average overall grade requirements

Module Description

MPP701: Governance and Policy Process (Core) (20 CATS Credits)

This module facilitates the students’ understanding of the theories of governance and public policy process as a critical step to analyze policies in the current context of globalization and governance. The aim of the module is to offer students the knowledge of key issues and processes in public policy to enable them to appreciate how globalization, technology, innovation, and other emerging challenges impact the various phases of policy making as well as policy implementation and evaluation. Through local and international case studies, the module also provides a comparative perspective of different public policy paradigms in the contemporary world with a special reference to the UAE and MENA region. This module also explores the institutions and processes in public policy making, implementation and evaluation and how leadership plays a catalyst role in policy change and policy adaption. Finally, it examines how future governments will adopt smart policies to shape the social, economic and environmental growth and sustainability in the UAE and Arab region.

MPP702: Research Methods for Public Policy Analysis (Core) (20 CATS Credits)

This module is designed to give students an understanding of the qualitative and quantitative research methods needed for public policy analysis. Module topics include research design (this includes defining research problems, formulating research questions and reviewing literature), research strategy; methods and data collection tools. Students will be introduced with a wide range of qualitative tools such as case studies, grounded theory and action research as well as quantitative tools moving from descriptive statistics to regression analysis. The module will enhance students’ skill in evaluating published research and learn how to use different research methods in their own research and studies in order to grasp and analyze issues related to public administration and public policy; including the evaluation of policy alternatives. They will learn to formulate research questions, design surveys, systematically conduct research and operationalize variables.

MPP703: Public Economic and Finance (Core) (20 CATS Credits)

This module examines the economic foundations of policy analysis and fiscal administration by introducing basic microeconomic principles and tools required to understand the role of government in the economy. It explores the rationale for government intervention, the goals of intervention (achieving allocative efficiency, redistribution and stabilization), and the prospect of government failure in making such interventions succeed. More specifically, the module provides an overview of the assumptions of perfect competition and considers a variety of situations in which the ideal of a perfect market breaks down, including the cases of public goods, externalities, market power, natural monopolies and asymmetric information. It uses actual policy problems to demonstrate applications of the theoretical framework to areas of education, health, environment, social security and others. It also provides an overview of public sector budgeting and other methods for financial management, regulation and control drawing on contemporary public finance issues. It also provides an overview of regulatory economics and reviews the recent research on implications of behavioral economics for public policy making.

MPP704: Microeconomics of Competitiveness (Core) (20 CATS Credits)

The module is concerned with the determinants of competitiveness and economic development viewed from a bottom up, microeconomic perspective. While sound macroeconomic policies, stable legal and political systems, and the accumulation of factors of production affect the potential for competitiveness, wealth is created at the microeconomic level. The strategies of firms, the vitality of clusters, and quality of the business environment in which competition takes place are what ultimately determines a nation’s or region’s productivity and wealth. The content covers both developing and advanced economies. The focus is on emerging, transition and advanced countries where microeconomic agendas are critical to sustained success. Furthermore, the module addresses competitiveness at the level of nations, states or cities within nations, clusters, and groups of neighboring countries. A major theme of the module is that competitiveness and economic development is affected by policies at all these levels. The module is also concerned with government policy but also with the roles of business, universities, and other institutions in competitiveness. In modern international competition, the roles of the constituencies have shifted and expanded, and the traditional separation between them works against successful economic development. Also, the ability to mount and sustain a competitiveness strategy for a nation or region is a daunting challenge. The module explores not only theory and policy, but also the nature of the organizational structure and institutions for sustained improvements in competitiveness. In addition to both macro and micro policy choices, the module underlines the role of history, i.e. the legacy of nations (such as language, culture and general institutions), and geography, i.e. the regional circumstances (such as the level of development among neighboring nations and the intensity in regional interaction).

Elective Modules: Available for Master of Public Policy (MPP) only – Select Two of the following Modules

MPP711: Social Policy (MPP with Social Policy specialization) (20 CATS Credits)

This module explains theories of public policy with a focus on social policies and current reform challenges in that. The overall aim of the module is to help the students understand the interplay between socio-economic context, social policy actors and institutions in a global, regional (MENA) and local (UAE) setting. The module highlights how social policies are analyzed and developed through this interplay. The role of global governance in shaping social policy reform processes is investigated in order to underscore the interplay dynamics. This module also introduces students to contemporary political economy of the MENA region - this includes the role of government, civil society, and private sector as well as the legacy of Islamic institutions and the oil economics. After this, it covers key social (and economic) policy sectors including health, education, public welfare, demography, labor markets & unemployment, elderly care, gender, and youth development.  


This module will investigate diverse policy issues and the equally diverse structures of governance and diplomacy regulating them at the international, transnational, state and sub-state levels. The program will equip students to understand, explain and practice governance and diplomacy in the contemporary global era. Inter-Governmental Organizations provide important channels of communication between states and mechanisms for galvanizing international action on issues of global concern. They are also important actors in global governance The module will include a study visit for students that will reinforce classroom teaching by enabling MBRSG students to learn more about the subject of Global Governance encouraging intercultural competency and understanding, and developing knowledge of the international community, and a sense of global understanding within the field.

The module will address three key 'gaps' that are referred to in global governance discussions:

  1. The jurisdictional gap, between the increasing need for global governance in many areas - such as health - and the lack of an authority with the power, or jurisdiction, to take action.
  2. The incentive gap, between the need for international cooperation and the motivation to undertake it. The incentive gap is said to be closing as globalization provides increasing impetus for countries to cooperate. However, there are concerns that, as a Country lags further behind economically, its influence on global governance processes will diminish.
  3. The participation gap, which refers to the fact that international cooperation, remains primarily the affair of governments, leaving civil society groups on the fringes of policy-making. On the other hand, globalization of communication is facilitating the development of global civil society movements

MPP713: Education Policy and Development (MPP with Education specialization) (20 CATS Credits)

Education is a significant area of public policy, the main aim of this module is to provide students with a holistic understanding of core debates in the area of education policy and a practical knowledge of how education policy is shaped. This module will use a comparative perspective to introduce students to education challenges in the MENA region, especially as they relate to educational access and equality of educational opportunities. It will then provide students with an overview of the process of education policy formation, analysis, and evaluation while paying special attention to the role of research in the policy making process. Finally, selected cases and research on education challenges and reforms in the MENA will be utilized to put into practice the knowledge and policy analysis skills gained earlier in the module.


This module will provide students with a broad knowledge of the major factors that shape global higher education policy and practice. It will utilize a comparative perspective to explore the global trends and challenges facing higher education providers and evaluate policy responses to these challenges. The primary focus will be on policy responses to higher education challenges in the UAE drawing on global best practice. Specifically, the module will examine issues such as the globalization of higher education, privatization of universities, branch campuses, higher education quality and access, global competition, ranking systems and the knowledge economy.

MPP715: Health Policy Law & Ethics Management (MPP with Health specialization) (20 CATS Credits)

This module provides an understanding of health policy, which reflects authoritative decisions and the process of decision-making, carried out at the federal, state, and local levels, which affect personal health and access to and delivery of health services in the United Arab Emirates. Students will gain knowledge of the levels within which health policy is carried out, the process for policy development and implementation, key stakeholders and interest groups involved in the health policy process, and how health policy changes over time within the United Arab Emirates and other countries such as the United States. The health policy management aspect of this module provides the student with an understanding of law, regulation, and court decisions that affect healthcare organizations, as well as ethical underpinnings and principles that healthcare organizations follow in the delivery of services. In addition, accreditation as a form of regulation will be addressed. Key ethical principles underpinning healthcare organizations will be considered, as will recent court decisions that impact healthcare organizations and management roles.


This module explores leadership models and theories, the core principles of public health leadership, and the application of systems thinking to public health. The students examine how to create strategies and solutions that efficiently utilize public health and healthcare resources. A system thinking process is a critical element that co-exists within leadership. The leaders of such organizations would employ systems thinking through the working of interdepartmental and interdependence responsibilities and roles. Students also discuss descriptive and prescriptive systems, focusing on the application of these processes to current public health issues and challenges at the organizational and community levels.

MPP717: Sustainable Development: The Challenge (MPP with Sustainable Development specialization) (20 CATS Credits)

This module develops the study of sustainable development through a focus on governance and policy. It considers the core Global and Regional challenges of sustainable development: the problem of balancing the economic, social and environmental costs and benefits of development, both for people now and for future generations. The module investigates who applies and implements sustainable development principles, and where and how these principles are applied and implemented. The module emphasizes that sustainable development is a political process, one that raises important ethical questions. Students will analyze some of the different policies and approaches that have been formulated to implement sustainable development by governments, communities, and corporate sectors. In establishing the locus of sustainable development principles, the module will examine who the different actors are, and how sustainability is measured in different contexts including in developed and developing countries.


This module looks at the sustainable development policy process, and pays specific attention to the UAE and MENA regions: it considers:

  1. How sustainable development related policy is conceived, including the role of different types of information and evidence;
  2. How it is appraised against different criteria; and how it may be contested by different actors.
  3. The effectiveness of sustainable development related policy over a period of time. Using a variety of techniques, students will gain a broad understanding of sustainable development policy arenas, evaluating, analyzing and resolving real world sustainability problems. The module utilizes a balance of theoretical and empirically-based work with a strong emphasis on 'real-world' problems and solutions  

MPP719: The Political Economy of Science Policy (MPP with Science and Technology specialization) (20 CATS Credits)

This module focuses on policy issues concerning the organization, funding and performance of research systems. These issues are at the heart of science and technology policy. They are also highly topical and international in scope. The module will encourage a greater depth of analysis and independent study by students of current theories, policies and practices in key areas of research policy. Investment in new production facilities is one of the main ways industry applies new technology. The economic, social and environmental consequences of industrial expansion depend heavily on how firms manage the technological aspects of investment projects. The concepts of Cyber security and Energy security are additionally developed within the module. Topics to be covered include: changing rationales for the public funding of research; the US research system; the European research system; the Chinese research system; systems of research assessment; science and research indicators & metrics; foresight methods and tools; science diplomacy; responsible research and innovation; and the governance of emerging technologies.


Technical change has radically altered economic development in the industrialized world and it has become ever more important to understand the sources, nature and consequences of innovation. This module provides students a broad range of innovation management, technology policy and related issues. Themed discussions will include: innovation management in science and technology, managing intellectual property rights, information and communication technology and service innovations, environmental management, and innovation in large complex systems. Governments that support research need to design policies for what science will become, not for what it once was. Companies managing international research laboratories need to foster scientific networks and effective communication. The realities and complexities of knowledge production lie behind the processes and structure of almost all scientific and technological institutions.

MPP901: Dissertation (60 CATS Credits)

The Dissertation in Public Policy is designed to enable MBRSG Master’s candidates to integrate, apply and extend the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their program. The subject matter for the dissertation should also be based upon skills and concepts acquired during the taught part of the program. However, in order to satisfy the requirements for a Masters level dissertation, it will be necessary for the candidate to develop, enhance and apply these concepts through demonstration of independent research skills beyond the level achieved in prior coursework. To this end, candidates will conduct substantive original research on a strategic management, innovation management or service innovation issue of importance to the region. The outcome will be the development and presentation of the research results and recommendations that can inform innovation management in the UAE and beyond.


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