Innovation, Public Policy and Public Value: New Masters in Public Administration

A deep dive into UCL IIPP's 1-year-old programme that rethinks the curriculum for training public servants

Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) at University College London has created a new Masters programme in Public Administration on Innovation, Public Policy and Public Value. There is no equivalent post-graduate degree that combines similar alternative approach to policymaking, with a focus on structural change and innovation. The MPA started in 2019 and focuses on the dynamic skills required for purpose-driven organisations — in public, private, and civil sectors — to confront the grand challenges of the 21st century.

Tackling these challenges requires new ways of thinking and new organisational capabilities. In the session IIPP’s director Mariana Mazzucato, head of teaching Kate Roll and deputy director Rainer Kattel discuss why the MPA was created and key take-aways from the first cohort of students.

For an example of mission-oriented innovation in practice on the streets of Sweden, we recommend our session with UCL IIPP Visiting Professor of Practice, Dan Hill.