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Public Administration and Management

Faculty of International Economics and Administration 
Department of Administration and Management

 

SpecialityPublic Administration and Management

 

Awarded qualification: Manager in Public Administration

 

Level of qualification: Bachelor

 

Length of programme:
For full-time study: 8 semesters / 4 years
For part-time training: 9 semesters / 4.5 years
For distance learning: 8 semesters / 4 years

 

Number of credits: 240

 

Field(s) of study (ISCED-F): 0413

 

Specific admission requirements: Diploma of Secondary Education or Diploma of Higher Education, successfully passed entrance examination. State matriculation examinations and international certificate examinations in language and computer skills are recognized as entrance examinations. For state administration employees the examination can take the form of motivational interview.

 

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning:
The ECTS coordinator of the Department of Administration, Management and Political Science, Assist. Prof. Daniela Mihaleva, PhD, (e-mail:daniela.mihaleva@vfu.bg, mihaleva_didi@hotmail.com), provides initial information and guidelines for the existing possibilities for recognition and awarding of credits from prior learning. 
Procedures: 
- Recognition of knowledge and skills on the basis of presented documents: Academic transcript or diploma from prior learning; International diplomas and certificates in a foreign language (English - Cambridge FCE, TOEFEL; German - Zertifikat Deutsch, Sprahdiplom, Zweite Stufe; Russian – ТРКИ; French - DELF; Spanish - DELE);
- International diplomas and certificates in computer skills corresponding to ECDL (The European Computer Driving Licence).
- Certification of knowledge and skills by taking examinations at VFU ‘Chernorizets Hrabar’ in:

  • a foreign language at the Department of Foreign Language Teaching;
  • computer skills at the Department of Computer Studies and Economics;
  • specialized knowledge and skills in the relevant professional area at the Department of Administration, Management and Political Science: for part-time students (state administration employees) – training work placement and pre-graduation internship, as well as courses whose educational content directly corresponds to their work.
  • Awarding of credits: The Department awards ECTS credits in compliance with the major’s curriculum, on the basis of achieved certification results.

 

Qualification requirements and regulations, including graduation equirements* In order to be awarded this qualification, students need to obtain 240 credits, 176 credits are awarded for doing compulsory courses, 36 credits are awarded for doing elective courses, 15 credits are awarded for doing optional courses, 3 credits are awarded for training work placement and pre-graduation internship and 10 credits are awarded for State Examination (Thesis Defence).

 

Profile of the programme: The programme in Public Administration and Management is based on the following fundamental scientific areas: Law, Management, Economics, Political Sciences. It aims at training highly qualified state officials, specialists and experts in Public Administration and Management who are competent, loyal and can hold responsible positions in administration under the conditions of a changing social, political and economic environment, within the European Union and worldwide. 
When designing the curriculum and the syllabuses emphasis is placed on training competent managerial staff in the sphere of public management, taking into account the experience and good practices of leading European and American universities, institutes and schools in this area, through exchange of ideas, teaching staff and students.

 

Programe learning outcomes: 
As a result of the complete course of study, students are expected to acquire and demonstrate specific theoretical knowledge and understanding of:

  • Bulgarian and European institutional, administrative and legislative systems;
  • the role and significance of administration in the public sector, as well as of its interaction with the civil society and business; the principles, challenges and forms for successful achievement of goals set in the field of state governance and local self-governance;
  • the interpretation and implementation of European and Bulgarian legislative documents related to the governance, policies and practices of the public sector;
  • the strategic and tactical management in the public sphere, as well as the more widely adopted approaches, methods and techniques for its practical implementation in the different sectors of state governance, local self-governance and civil society;
  • the mechanisms for staff selection, staff appraisal, staff development and motivation in the modern, highly professional, apolitical and mobile administration; the modern requirements and standards for creating and using correct layout of managerial and administrative documentation; the main state, legislative and political structures of the European Union, the European principles and good practices in administrative work; the challenges and responsibilities facing Bulgarian administration in compliance with the European requirements and criteria, and the Bulgarian public’s expectations of competent and economical administration.

 

Students acquire practical skills to:

  • identify the problems related to the policies and practices in the field of state governance, local self-governance and the public sector, and to rate them hierarchically according to their importance on the ‘objectives-priorities-activities-tasks’ chain;
  • use competently the mechanisms for public competition and public selection, as well as those for quality improvement of public services for physical and legal persons;
  • analyse and diagnose the degree of compliance between the powers of state bodies and the work of administration;
  • form professional views and choose the right instruments for creating and implementing public strategies on various managerial levels;
  • evaluate competently modern processes and trends in the globalizing world with respect to their predictability;
  • conduct functional and structural objectives-related analyses in order to optimize the structure of administration and improve the quality of public decision-making;
  • use modern technologies to develop and implement public projects and programmes, and objectives-related complex events dedicated to topical public problems; obtain adequate computer and linguistic competences and skills to communicate in the European administrative space; obtain skill to work in the Internet medium; use information technologies in administration (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.).

 

As a result of the course of study in a module “Administrative management” students acquire the following specific competences: mastering the instruments of modern administrative management and project management; obtaining creative skills to conduct expert analysis and assessment of complex administrative problems and to work out variants of managerial decisions; the possibilities for improving public service provision for citizens, the mechanisms and factors for their efficient management; developing the documentation necessary for the provision of public services and efficient organisation of document turnover and document filing work in administration; evaluating the influence of organizational and administrative culture, creating suitable communication climate in and outside organisations, team work, conflict resolution etc.

 

As a result of the course of study in a specializing module “Judicial Administration” students acquire the following specific competences relating to: interaction between the three independent authorities, judicial authorities and judicial administration, organization of work in a judicial administration, contemporary information technologies in judicial administration, legal procedural norms, document turnover and legal correspondence, the place of judicial administration in a public sector and its cooperation with civil society and business.
The overall practical skills of the students are oriented for their direct use in a work of judicial authorities, so as in a planning and budgeting of this work.

 

Programme structure diagram with credits *:

 

ECTS Code

Course Title

Lectures and seminars

Out-of-class workload

Number of credits

1

MAN 1420

Introduction to Management

60

120

6

2

MAN 1426

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

60

120

6

3

INF 1465

Computing

30

60

3

4

INF 1434

Online Positioning of the Organization

30

60

3

5

 

Foreign Language

60

120

6

6

 

Elective course 1

30

60

3

7

 

Optional course 1

30

60

3

Total for semester I

300

600

30

1

PSY 1100

Social Communications

60

120

6

2

LAW 1156

Fundamentals of Law

45

90

4,5

3

SOC 1082

Sociology

30

60

3

4

MAN1425

Visualization and Interaction

30

60

3

5

 

Foreign Language

60

120

6

6

AMG 1004

Fundamentals of Public Administration

60

120

6

7

SPO 1007

Sport

15

30

1,5

Total for semester II

300

600

30

 

 

Total for year 1

600

1200

60

1

FIN 1137

Organization and Technology of Management

60

120

6

2

PSY 1040

Psychology of Management

60

120

6

3

ADM 3273

State Governance and Administration

60

120

6

4

MAN 1303

Human Resource Management

60

120

6

5

LAW 1018

Constitutional Law

30

60

3

6

 

Elective course 2

30

60

3

Total for semester III

300

600

30

1

ЕСО 1195

Globalization of Economy and Development

45

90

4,5

2

POL 1039

Politics and Public Power

45

90

4,5

3

ADM 1028

Local Self-governance and Regional Development

60

120

6

4

АСС 1014

Accounting of Budget-Funded Enterprises

45

90

4,5

5

ЕСО 1022

Economics of the Public Sector

60

120

6

6

SPO 1007

Sport

15

30

1,5

7

 

Elective course 3

30

60

3

Total for semester IV

300

600

30

 

 

Total for year 2

600

1200

60

1.

ADM 1016

Spatial Planning

60

120

6

2.

FIN 1016

Public Finance

60

120

6

3.

АDM 1013

Regional Economy

60

120

6

4.

LAW 1157

Administrative Law and Process

60

120

6

5.

 

Elective course 4

30

60

3

6.

 

Optional course 2

30

60

3

Total for semester V

300

600

30

1

ADM 1026

Local Financial and Investment Policy

60

120

6

2

ADM 1051

Counteraction to Corruption in Public Administration. Conflict of Interests.

30

60

3

3

POL 3105

European Policies

45

90

4,5

4

LAW1057

European Union Law

30

60

3

5

ADM 3270

Civil Control over Administration

45

90

4,5

6

 

Elective course 5

30

60

3

7

 

Optional course 3

30

60

3

8

SPO1007

Sport

20

40

2

9

 

Workplace training

 

20

1

Total for semester VI

290

600

30

 

 

Total for year 3

590

1200

60

1

MAN 1036

Strategic Management in the Public Sector

60

120

6

2

ADM 3107

European Integration

60

120

6

3

 

Elective course 6

30

60

3

4

 

Elective course 7

30

60

3

5

 

Elective course 8

30

60

3

6

 

Elective course 9

30

60

3

7

 

Optional course 4

30

60

3

8

SPO1007

Sport

30

60

3

Total for semester VII

300

600

30

1

MAN 3283

Conflict Management

60

120

6

2

 

Elective course 10

30

60

3

3

 

Elective course 11

30

60

3

4

 

Total for semester VI

30

60

3

5

 

Optional course 5

30

60

3

6

 

Pre-graduation internship

 

40

2

7

 

State examination/ Thesis Defence

 

200

10

Total for semester VIII

180

600

30

 

 

Total for year 4

480

1200

60

Elective Courses

Module "Administrative management"

1

POL 1092

Comparative European Public Administration

30

60

3

2

ADM 1022

Document Studies and Business Correspondence

30

60

3

3

ADM 1183

Application of Reingeneering in Administrative Environment

30

60

3

4

ADM1050

EU Programmes and Financial Initiatives

30

60

3

5

MAN1083

Property Management in the Public Sector

30

60

3

6

AMG1013

Analysis of Public Policies

30

60

3

7

ADM 1001

Administrative Culture

30

60

3

8

MAN 1099

Audit in Public Sector Organizations

30

60

3

Module "Judicial Administration"

1

ADM 1185

Structure of Juducial Power and Its Administration

30

60

3

2

ADM 1020

Document Protection in Judicial Administration and Protection under the Law on Protection of Classified Information

30

60

3

3

MAN 1455

Peculiarities of the Human Resource Management in the Judical Administration

30

60

3

4

ADM 1187

Administration in the Prosecution System and in Pretrial Proceedings

30

60

3

5

LAW 1192

Judicial Statistics

30

60

3

6

MAN 1437

Legal Protection of Business

30

60

3

7

MAN 1086

Innovations in the Judicial System

30

60

3

8

LAW 1143

Fundamentals of Civil Law

30

60

3

Elective Courses

1

ADM 1010

Fundamentals of Civil Society

30

60

3

2

SOC 1006

Social Policy

30

60

3

3

PCI 1061

Public Relations in Administrative Work

30

60

3

4

ADM 1033

Administrative Protocol

30

60

3

5

ECO 1215

EU Institutional System

30

60

3

6

POL 1012

Modern Political Systems

30

60

3

7

ADM 1019

Decision-Making Process in the European Union

30

60

3

8

LAW 1198

Taxation and Customs Policy of the EU and Bulgaria

30

60

3

9

MAN 2036

Quality Management in Public Administration

30

60

3

10

ADM 3278

Tools and Mechanisms for Public-Private Partnerships

30

60

3

11

MAR 1161

Marketing Research

30

60

3

12

MAN 1270

Investment Management

30

60

3

13

SEC 1010

National and International Security Policy. Euro-Atlantic Integration

30

60

3

14

ADM 1021

Fundamentals of Public Enterprises Security

30

60

3

15

ADM 1017

Project Management in the Public Sector

30

60

3

16

SOW 1009

Methodology of Social Research

30

60

3

17

MAN 1430

Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding

30

60

3

18

ADM 1018

Sustainable Development

30

60

3

19

MAN 1436

Behavioral Studies and Analyses

30

60

3

20

MAN 3277

Risk Managemen

30

60

3

21

MAN 1457

Operational Management

30

60

3

22

MAN 1459

Taxation Process and Control of Taxes

30

60

3

23

SOC 1083

Theory and Organization of Social Insurance

30

60

3

24

 

Foreign Language (specialized) I level

30

60

3

25

 

Foreign Language (specialized) II level

30

60

3

Optional Courses

1

PSY 3267

Philosophy

30

60

3

2

BLT 1002

Language Culture

30

60

3

3

MAT 1027

Applied Mathematics

30

60

3

4

QMS 1007

Statistics

30

60

3

5

MAN 1428

Quantitative Methods in Management

30

60

3

6

MAR1168

Regional Marketing

30

60

3

7

MAN 1429

Coaching and Management

30

60

3

8

MAN 1252

Benchmarking

30

60

3

9

MAN 1432

Leadership

30

60

3

10

ECO 1067

Micro and Macroeconomics

30

60

3

11

MAN 1008

Controlling

30

60

3

12

MAN 1424

Business Planning

30

60

3

13

PSY 1232

Organizational Behaviour

30

60

3

14

MAN 1396

Event Management

30

60

3

15

MAN 1445

Inovation Management

30

60

3

16

MAN 1090

Ecological Management

30

60

3

17

MAN 1010

Media Management

30

60

3

18

MAN 1423

Business Ethics

30

60

3

19

MAN 1431

Cultural Heritage

30

60

3

20

ADM 1010

Fundamentals of Civil Society

30

60

3

21

POL 1011

Doctrine and Policies on Human Rights

30

60

3

22

INF 1476

E-Governance and E-Management

30

60

3

23

MAN 1433

International Insurance Relations

30

60

3

24

ECO 1024

Labour Economy

30

60

3

25

LAW 1152

Commercial Law

30

60

3

26

LAW 1006

Intellectual Property Law

30

60

3

27

LAW 1200

Taxation Law

30

60

3

28

 

Workshop for Office Managers

30

60

3

29

 

Foreign Language - Business

30

60

3

30

 

Foreign Language - Business Correspondence

30

60

3

Foreign Languages

1

FLE 1002

Foreign Language - English

120

240

12

FLE 1003

Foreign Language - English

120

240

12

FLE 1004

Foreign Language - English

120

240

12

FLF 1001

Foreign Language - French

120

240

12

FLG 1001

Foreign Language - German

120

240

12

FLR 1001

Foreign Language - Russian

120

240

12

FLS 1002

Foreign Language - Spanish

120

240

12

Specialized Foreign Languages

2

FLE 1013

Specialized Foreign Language - English Level 1

30

60

3

FLE 1013

Specialized Foreign Language - English Level 2

30

60

3

FLE 1015

Foreign Language - Business English

30

60

3

FLE 1007

Foreign Language - Business Correspondence in English

30

60

3

In Varna Free University, a credit equals 30 lessons, of which 10 contact hours (lectures and seminars) and 20 hours independent work.

 

Mode of study: full-time, part-time, distance learning

 

Examination regulations and grading scale: Examination regulations, grading methods and criteria, as well as the ways of informing students of the grounds for awarding a specific grade, including continuous assessment grades, are specific to each course, and are detailed in each course description. Predominantly, the regulations and criteria include the following:

  • The semester grade comprises the continuous assessment grade and the final examination grade, awarded in compliance with pre-set criteria;
  • The continuous assessment grade takes into account the level of achievement of students’ team and individual work on assigned theoretical and practical tasks (course assignments, research papers, essays, mid-term tests, project assignments, business games, case studies etc.) and students’ active participation in discussions;
  • The final examination is written: students present a written expose on a topic from the synopsis and/or on a pre-assigned self-study task, and/or do a test with open and closed questions;
  • Students are informed of their grades, as well as of the lecturer’s grounds for them during the lectures and seminars, the consulting hours, immediately after the examination, via e-mail, on the phone. Phone numbers and email addresses are available on the university site.

Successfully passed State Examination or Thesis Defence. Students are eligible to take the state examination or present the thesis defence only provided they have passed all semester examinations planned in the curriculum and have been awarded 230 ECTS credits (176 credits from compulsory courses, 36 credits from elective courses, 15 credits from optional courses, 3 credits from training work placement and pre-graduation internship). Only students who have a Grade Point Average of all semester examinations no lower than 5.00 are admitted to a Thesis Defence.

 

Occupational profiles of graduates: 
Successful graduates can pursue a career as:

  • state officials at the central, deconcentrated or decentralized administrations;
  • employees under an employment contract in the central, deconcentrated or decentralized administrations;
  • employees at budget-funded organisations providing public services – education, health care, welfare, public order and security;
  • employees at non-governmental public organisations (NGO) – associations, foundations and other organisations serving public purposes;
  • employees at administrations of state-owned or municipally-owned business entities with;
  • employees at international organisations.

 

Access to further studies: The successful graduates are offered preferential terms to continue their studies in one of the Master’s degree programmes "European Administration", "Management of EU-funded Projects", as well as under the Life Long Learning postgraduate programmes. 
Graduates can choose other Master’s degree programmes available at Varna Free University. 
The major is accredited in four research areas to offer unsupervised, individual-plan doctoral programmes.

 

Head of Department
Assoc. Prof. Mariya Velikova, PhD 
Visiting day: Monday (16:00 – 17:00h.), Office A 403; 
tel.: +359 52 359 595 
е-mail: mariya.velikova@vfu.bg, velikova.mariya@gmail.com