Managing Public Money

School: School of Government and Society
International Development Department

Modular value: 20 credits

Lecturer: Simon Delay

The module aims to introduce students to concepts and practices in public sector financial management with an emphasis on management at the organisational level.  The module covers approaches applicable in developed, transitional and developing countries. It does not seek to be a technical programme in detailed accounting but rather to enable participants to understand financial concepts, undertake financial analyses and thereby participate fully at a strategic level in financial decision-making.

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the key roles and relationships in financial management
  • Critically understand the relationship between performance management and financial management and be able to critically evaluate performance
  • Have a clear understanding of the economics and accounting concepts concerned with efficiency and value for money
  • Be familiar with the main approaches to financial control and to financial and other forms of oversight
  • Critically understand modern approaches to resource management including devolved financial management, the use of charging and public private partnerships in project finance


  • This will be by two 3,000 word assignments.

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.