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Masters in Public Administration MPA

Key information

Qualification type

MPA - Master of Public Administration

Subject areas

Public Administration

Course type


Course Summary

Our Master of Public Administration (MPA) equips modern public managers and policy-makers with the skills needed to make a decisive contribution to contemporary governance and policy. The MPA combines the study of political science and public policy with leading edge scholarship in public sector management and strategy. It reflects reflects the changing nature of the policy-maker or public manager’s role and an increase in demand for skills development in policy analysis, public administration and management, and evaluation. Emphasising public policy and governance as well as the traditional business and strategy focus, the MPA will enable you to make a decisive contribution in a range of relevant fields. Students will also achieve Postgraduate Diploma in this course. Throughout the course, our academics enable you to build links with our existing partners through the Oxfam partnership and with wider civil society and public sector bodies. The programme offers you the opportunity to enhance your CV by undertaking a practice-based project as part of your final dissertation in collaboration with a public or third sector organisation.

Different course options

Full time | Paisley Campus | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Public Service Performance Management (20 Credits) - Core
Policy Analysis & Practice (20 Credits) - Core
Comparative Governance & Public Admin (20 Credits) - Core
Public Service Performance Management (20 Credits) - Core
Research Methods in MCS (20 Credits) - Core

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

Applicants should hold a relevant Honours degree (or equivalent) at second class lower division (2:2) or above. Relevant subjects include: Social Science, Business, Health, Law or Social Work. Applications will also be considered from those with a degree in another discipline or other professional training or experience relevant to the programme at the discretion of the Course Leader.

University information

With around 17,000 students, University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s biggest modern universities. We have a proud record in delivering work-ready graduates and developing effective partnerships with business, industry and the public and voluntary sectors. With our cutting-edge courses, practical knowledge, and intelligent teaching, we help our students get ahead. The location of our west of Scotland campuses in Ayr, Dumfries,...more