The Master of Public Administration in International Development has been designed to support managers or potential managers of public organisations in developing countries. While the content of the MPA and the MPA in International Development overlap in several skill areas, they differ with respect to considerations of the environmental factors that impact on the work of public managers and the ways in which those factors shape the character of governance and the management and delivery of public policy.

Participants pursue a cluster of core modules which are commensurable with the international modernising civil services agenda and indicative skills development in developed and developing administration. The core modules provide common skills training for managers in policy and operational delivery. In addition students will be able to choose one optional module in the Autumn term. In the summer term, all course participants complete a policy report.

Study Details:

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

Module Details:


Core Modules

  • Leading & Managing Change
  • Policy Analysis
  • Managing Public Finances
  • Theories & Policies of Development Governance
  • 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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