Masters | Postgraduate Course - Public Administration Masters MPA Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 All students: £18,250 full-time; Pro-rata credit-based part-time
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Public Administration Masters MPA

Study Details

MPA 1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time

The Master of Public Administration at Exeter is designed to help you meet the challenge of shaping and delivering effective public services.

The Exeter MPA takes an international perspective to equip you with the skills and understanding you need to operate effectively in an increasingly global and constantly changing environment.

You will have the opportunity to benefit from the latest ideas on public policy, administration and regulation while learning alongside practitioners working in a variety of roles and organisations from the UK and overseas.

The MPA is relevant whether you are working in local, regional, or central government, or for a charity or public-private partnership. It addresses some of the key issues facing the public sector such as effective leadership, financial crisis management, anticipating and responding to change, performance management, governance and ethical practice, risk and decision-making and sustainability.

Module details

Compulsory modules

MPA Core modules

  • POLM002M Management and Governance: Comparing Public Administration around the World 20
  • POLM003M Policy and Politics: the theory and Strategy of Delivering Public Services 20
  • POLM013M MPA Dissertation 60

Optional modules
80 Credits from the listed MPA optional modules.
MPA Optional modules 2017-8

  • POLM005M The Politics, Policy and Practice of Sustainable Development 20
  • POLM007M The new Public Management: Principles, Practice and Prospects 20
  • POLM008M Policy Analysis and Evaluation 20
  • POLM009M Regulation and Reform: Analysis and Policy 20
  • POLM004M Public Sector Finance for Managers 20
  • POLM015M Behavioural Public Policy and Administration 20

Entry Requirements

A good Honours Degree (2:1 or above) and experience of working at a managerial level in a public sector organisation. Exceptions may be made for candidates with exceptional experience or relevant professional qualifications. Individuals who do not meet the criteria may be required to submit examples of work or to participate in an interview.

Candidates for the MPA with Applied Study must have proof of employment in and sponsorship from a public sector organisation. Entry to this programme will be agreed between the University and the sponsoring organisation.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

The need to develop management and leadership skills is being recognised as increasingly important within the public sector and this has been reflected by the introduction of management competencies and a growing demand for formal qualifications for senior management positions.

The MPA is a qualification which is recognised around the world and is taken seriously not only by prospective employers but also by organisations who want to retain and progress skilled managers.

There are many reasons to study for the Exeter MPA including:

- Enhancing your opportunities for career progression
- Making you stand out in a competitive job market
- Obtaining a wider perspective of the environment in which you work
- Obtaining a personal sense of achievement
- Developing strategic decision making and leadership skills
- Improving your confidence and credibility in the workplace
- Gaining more knowledge about other people and other organisations
- Networking and sharing experiences with public sector colleagues.

We have a long history of teaching public administration and public policy to postgraduates at Exeter. Students have gone on to careers in regional governments, ministries, embassies and other organisations around the world.