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Entry requirements

You will normally have at least a 2:2 UK undergraduate honours degree or international equivalent.

If you have a different background you may be admitted if you have relevant postgraduate study, research or professional experience.

Months of entry

September

Course content

In the last two decades the public service landscape has changed dramatically, with the expansion of the commissioning of services from the private and voluntary sectors, and the development of new models of regulation, governance, accountability and performance management. With change comes demand for increased understanding of the new, complex, public service landscape from those who wish to work in this environment and researchers who wish to shed light on these trends.

This course is designed to provide you with the intellectual foundations for a career in leadership of these public services, whether in the public sector, or in private or voluntary sector organisations delivering public services, as well as access to relevant research being conducted into these services. Career routes to leadership in these sectors require a combination of skills: understanding of the wider public service context, the economics of public services, governance, accountability and performance management, and skills in leadership, management and finance. Public service leaders must also have specialist knowledge of the services and policy areas in which they operate.

You will be taught by academics based in the Policy Evaluation Research Unit (PERU), an internationally recognised policy-research unit with particular expertise in models of public service delivery and policy making. PERU members have a 12-year track record of research in the UK and Europe and links with institutions in the US and South East Asia. They are actively involved in research programmes commissioned by public service organisations, including central government departments, and many members of the unit have worked in public services at a senior or non-executive board level. These international contacts and this practical and research experience will directly influence what you are taught, with the content of the course drawing on global public administration and policy case studies. All this means that you will be learning at the cutting edge of the latest developments in public services and administration.

Features and Benefits

  • Designed to accommodate people who work and cannot re-locate to Manchester face-to-face teaching takes place in three or four short, intensive periods on campus combined with regular lectures and seminars on-line throughout the academic year.
  • Taught by academics based in the Policy Evaluation Research Unit (PERU) - research-active scholars leading programmes of research and knowledge exchange in criminal justice, education, homelessness and poverty and inequality. Meet our experts here.
  • Take advantage of a rich programme of guest lectures from industry contacts and build your own professional network.
  • Opportunities to undertake projects in real world settings through the connections PERU has with a number of public and voluntary sector organisations.
  • In your final project explore a public administration and/or policy issue that is relevant to your career goals and be supported to achieve real-world impact on policy and practice.

Information for international students

https://www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
For further information: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/
International students
For further information: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/

https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/how-to-apply/funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPA
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Designed to accommodate people who work and cannot re-locate to Manchester face-to-face teaching takes place in three or four short, intensive periods on campus combined with regular lectures and seminars on-line throughout the academic year.

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@mmu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 247 6969