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Masters of Public Administration MPA

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1 year

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Qualification type

MPA - Master of Public Administration

Subject areas

Public Administration Social Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Make an impact in your public or third sector career with a master’s qualification in Public Administration. With a rigorous focus on both social sciences and crisis communications, this course will give you the theoretical and practical understanding needed to take your career to the next level.

This high level, specialist qualification will equip modern public managers and policymakers with the skills required to make a decisive contribution to solving global public policy issues. The programme combines a rigorous social science focus on governance, public administration, public policy, and politics with a strong grounding in public sector management and communication.

Our MPA has a strong international focus and is ideal for professionals looking to progress into a global career.

Whether you’re looking to enter the world of public management or policy making, or up level your current work experience by expanding your sector knowledge, this course will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and connections you need to take those vital next steps. You will also gain PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.

You will gain:

  • An understanding of public management, leadership, and administration within a global and comparative context
  • The opportunity to develop expertise in public management, public leadership, public administration, and governance that interests you
  • A deep awareness of crisis management within an organisational context
  • The chance to enhance your employability with career-relevant content through innovative learning and assessment
  • The opportunity to study within a diverse international community of learners


This module provides students with an understanding of the models, theories, structures and processes of governance and public administration in a comparative context. Students will gain an understanding of the structures and functions of public administration at national, regional and local levels. It explores dimensions such as culture, executive and non-executive power, accountability and governance. The module draws on contemporary case studies to illuminate the issues and dimensions of organisational theory and how these are relevant to the study of the internal and external organisation of public administration. Although the case studies are contemporary, they are considered within a historical context in order for students to understand the patterns of administrative reform at multiple levels of governance. Students will consider, amongst other debates, the extent to which we are now living in an era of ?post-New Public Management? and how such debates are relevant within different state contexts.

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Entry requirements

You should hold an honours degree (minimum 2:2 classification) or equivalent within the broad area of the Social Sciences or a bachelor’s degree with significant and relevant work experience. Relevant subjects include: Social Science, Business, Health, Law or Social Work.