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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 research-led MPA is delivered jointly by experts from the School of Media, Culture & Society and the School of Business & Enterprise, and combines a rigorous social science focus on:

  • Governance
  • Public administration
  • Public policy and politics
  • Public sector management and strategy

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.


  • Focus on understanding public management, leadership and administration within a global and comparative context
  • Opportunity to develop expertise in the area of public management, public leadership, public administration, and governance that interests you
  • Emphasis on public sector innovation, improvement and evaluation in the context of multi-level governance
  • Opportunity to combine learning with existing work experieince makes the MPA ideal if you have an appropriate professional background
  • Employability and career-relevant content through innovative learning and assessment

Different course options

Full time | Paisley Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



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

You 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.