Taught course

Public Administration

University of Brighton · School of Applied Social Science

Entry requirements

Degree and experience: Normally a good 2.1 first degree in a related discipline. Candidates who do not meet the academic requirements but have extensive professional or practical experience in the field will also be considered, For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements (or equivalent qualification). We offer extended masters routes for applicants who meet academic entry qualifications, but who do not meet the minimum English language requirements. This is 8/12 weeks of subject-specific English language and academic skills before the masters degree Students with IELTS 5.5, with no component under 5.5 (or equivalent), can register for the 12-week extended masters route. Students with IELTS 6.0, with no component under 5.5 (or equivalent), can register for the eight-week extended masters route.

MPA, PGCert, PGDip

Months of entry


Course content

Our Masters in Public Administration MPA offers a contemporary and critical focus on major public policy and management issues in the post-financial crisis era.

You will explore public values approaches, the limits of marketisation, the changing role of the voluntary and non-government (NGO) sector, and how management and leadership are best defined and practised in public and voluntary services.

An optional work placement allows you to focus on a research project in a relevant agency, and the dissertation offers an opportunity to enhance your applied research skills and explore a specialist area of your choosing in a major piece of independent research.

Students with significant practice experience may be able to tailor the programme towards their own learning needs in consultation with the course leader.

Brighton & Hove is one of the most progressive cities in Europe, as shown by its influence on the Green political movement. The city offers a unique environment for learning about a critical approach to public service, with an extraordinary number of non-government organisations involved in campaigning and delivering public policy.

Our MPA teaching team have extensive practice and research expertise in applying complex systems and approaches to public policy and management. They work in close partnership with the university’s award-winning and internationally recognised Community University Partnership Programme (Cupp).

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Information for international students

We welcome applications from international students who meet the entry requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24-72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24-72 months

Course contact details

Mary Darking, course leader
+44 (0)1273 644644