Masters | Postgraduate Course - Public Administration Masters (MPA) with Applied Study MPA Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 All students: £24,500 full-time; £12,250 part-time
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Public Administration Masters (MPA) with Applied Study MPA

Study Details

MPA 1 year or 9 months full-time, up to 3 years part-time

The MPA with Applied Studies 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, anticipating and responding to change, performance management, governance and ethical practice and sustainability,

Run by the Department of Politics with expertise from the University of Exeter Business School, it draws on the work of academics who have an impressive reputation for research and whose ideas are published around the world. We have a long history of working with ministries and national governments, and members of our team have been involved with organisations such as the United Nations, World Bank, European Commission, Competition Commission, the Department of Work and Pensions, the OECD and the Treasury.

Module details

Year 1

Compulsory modules

MPA Core modules

  • POLM002M Management and Governance:Comparing Public Administration around the World (MPA only) 20
  • POLM003M Policy and Politics: the theory and Strategy of Delivering Public Services MPA ONLY 20
  • POLM013M MPA Dissertation (MPA ONLY) 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 (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM007M The new Public Management: Principles, Practice and Prospects (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM008M Policy Analysis and Evaluation (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM009M Regulation and Reform: Analysis and Policy (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM004M Public Sector Finance for Managers (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM015M Behavioural Public Policy and Administration 20

Year 2

Compulsory modules

60 credits of compulsory modules.

  • POLM014M MPA Applied Studies (MPA with Applied Studies ONLY) 60

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.