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New interdisciplinary MSc mixes politics and management

28 May 2013

Politics and management combine in a unique new Masters degree, designed to create a new breed of politically astute managers able to read what is going on below the surface in international management, and manage the needs of different stakeholders.‌‌

The MSc in Politics, Philosophy and Management, introduced for 2013, is a collaboration between the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology at LUMS and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. No other Masters programme in Europe offers students the chance to study both politics and management in this way, using an interdisciplinary approach to examine the important interconnections between them.

“It’s an exciting and challenging programme which will throw a spotlight on organisational change processes and on many other issues faced by today’s organisations, particularly those that operate globally,” says Programme Director Dr Karen Dale

“Whenever differing national and local priorities are at stake, it’s clear that politics and management go hand in hand. But across businesses of all kinds, managers have to use their political nouse. They are no longer having to deal solely with delivering profitability and efficiency. Increasingly they also have to balance the financial performance demanded by shareholders against growing demands from elsewhere in society for sustainability, ethical management, good environmental practices, clear governance procedures, and so on. That requires a particular mix of skills and socio-political awareness – and it’s precisely those skills and knowledge that this programme will help students to develop.”

Focusing on the practical transferable skills that will give graduates a real edge in the recruitment market has been central to the design of the programme, says Professor Robert Geyer, Head of the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion.

"In this programme students will learn a wide range of academic and practical skills, such as debate, negotiation and persuasion, that will give them a greater understanding of the interwoven nature of management, politics and ethics and a unique edge in the demanding world of public and private sector management."

The programme is open to graduates from all disciplines, and offers considerable flexibility in terms of possible module combinations. Four different routes through the programme allowing students to focus in on areas such as International Relations, one of the Department of PPR’s particular strengths.

A major research project at the end of the programme also gives students the opportunity to work closely with leading researchers in either department.