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DPA Public Administration

Key information

Qualification type

Doctoral Programme

Subject areas

Public Administration

Course type


Course Summary

DPA Public Administration

Are you a senior manager within the public sector or local government who wants to draw together both the theoretical and practical aspects of professional and managerial experience? Focused on managerial and organisational practice, this programme provides opportunities for learning through collaborative processes, and enables you to take your new knowledge back to the workplace where it can be implemented to improve the quality of your practice.


The DPA at Plymouth has research at its heart. It has been developed through the Plymouth Business School research community where you’ll make plenty of connections during the course of your studies.

Key features

  • Immerse yourself in the policies and theories surrounding public administration, through our two year taught programme. Build on your newly acquired knowledge and develop your research interests, by taking an additional two to three years to complete your thesis.
  • Equip yourself with the skills to facilitate in others the capacity to manage public resources cost-efficiently, cost-effectively and equitably.
  • Gain knowledge to guide, and contribute to, socio-political discourses at all levels, on the future roles of the state, civil society and the market in societal and local community governance.
  • Sharpen your knowledge and feel able to give sound policy advice to government across an array of policy domains.
  • Enhance your ability by applying theory to practice in the contexts of critical public policy and administration issues in a way that draws upon your extensive professional and managerial experience.
  • Benefit from direct involvement with the Plymouth Business School research community

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


4 years

Start date



GSRBUSM4 Research Business/Mgmt - Core
DOC8105 Understanding Paradigms of Inquiry
DOC8001 Thesis Proposal
DOC8102 Reflective Practice, Reflexivity and Participatory Research
DPA8004 History and Philosophy of Public Policy and the Social Sciences
DOC8103 Identifying and Explaining Theory
DOC8106 Developing Methodological Approaches and Dealing with Methods
DOC8101 Induction and Introduction to Doctoral Study

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Five years relevant work experience and a master’s degree - a UK degree or equivalent overseas/professional qualification.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more