The Master of Public Administration programme provides professional development for those already working in the broad field of public services management, or those wishing to develop a career in that area. The MPA programme is particularly relevant for those individuals involved in the delivery and management of services, both within central government and on the ground.

The programme focuses on the organisational and governmental context within which public services are delivered, and the skills required for successful administration of public service programmes. The programme will promote shared learning across sectors (public, private, non-profit), within an international context.

In the summer term, all course participants are required to complete a policy report supported through personal supervision and a support workshop.

Study Details:

MA 1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time

Module Details:


Core Modules

  • Leading & Managing change
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Management & Delivery
  • Managing Public Finances
  • Strategic Planning

One Option Module

Click here for a list of optional modules, and to view the Postgraduate Module Handbook.

Policy Report

During the Summer Term students start work on a Policy Report on a topic of their choice. The report is due for submission at the end of the summer vacation.


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Entry Requirements


Academic entry requirements

The main criterion for admission to an MA programme in the Department of Politics is a 2.1 BA degree or international equivalent. However, exceptions are sometimes made for students with different backgrounds, in which case assessment is done through review of an academic written work sample. Additional information may be requested.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English may need to satisfy language requirements.

The Department of Politics has a higher minimum level than the University more generally because of the more difficult nature of the literature that Politics students must engage with. The departmental requirements are:

IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component)

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