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MPA Public Administration

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Full time | University of York | 1 year | 18-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MPA - Master of Public Administration

Subject areas

Public Administration Government / Politics

Course type


Course Summary

This is a unique opportunity to study for a professional qualification designed to enrich your knowledge of international service delivery in government and non-profit organisations.

By exploring the critical issues that drive policies in government and on the ground, you’ll understand how they support people’s everyday needs in countries around the world.

Grow and define your career with this internationally recognised course that provides you with the knowledge and critical thinking to make a tangible difference, wherever you plan to take your career.

Assessment and feedback

You submit six essays; three are submitted at the beginning of Spring Term and three at the beginning of Summer Term. Essays are usually around 4,000 words long.

Your final Policy Report of between 10,000 - 12,000 words is submitted at the beginning of September.

We offer the opportunity to present your Policy Report at our research seminar presentation workshops. These are not formally assessed (not credit bearing), but they give you the chance to hone your presentation skills and to get verbal feedback from your tutors and peers.

Careers and skills

From social and political research to journalism, marketing and HR, a master’s in public administration leads to a broad range of career opportunities.

Our students have found work in central or local government, non-governmental organisations, community and voluntary organisations, social enterprise, higher education, accountancy and banking organisations, law firms, media companies and international and global development bodies.

Our students go on to careers in international organisations, the media, law, the civil service, politics, journalism, and business.

This course is an excellent pathway to careers in a wide range of private and public sector organisations, and for further academic study in international relations and political science.

Career opportunities

  • Diplomatic services officer
  • Head of finance
  • Senior fundraiser
  • Service manager for impact and intelligence
  • Chief quality & finance officer for a charity
  • Business development officer


This module explores how and why public policies emerge. It introduces a wide range of theoretical models that helps us to make sense of the policy process . It specifically focuses on exploring how policy agendas are set and how policies are shaped through policy formulation and decision-making processes. It also includes the study of different modes of policy implementation and policy evaluation, as well as discussing policy transfer between sectors and countries. Different models and theories of the policy cycle are linked to ?real world? policy examples in order to foster a critical understanding of how and why policies emerge and what makes policies "succeed" or "fail".

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree: 2:1 or equivalent. We are willing to consider applicants with lower qualifications, particularly if you have high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate professional experience. Additional information may be requested.