Taught course

Master of Public Administration

University of Nottingham · School of Sociology and Social Policy

Entry requirements

2.2 (or international equivalent) in any subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is an internationally recognised qualification providing the competencies and knowledge necessary for public service managers to manage creatively in challenging policy environments. It is suitable for new graduates and those with managerial and/or public sector work experience.

The focus of the programme is on critical issues and key developments relating to public management, such as leadership, strategy, performance management and human resource management. With the current developments in countries around the world, this is one of the most exciting times to be studying anything to do with the public sector, governance and government, and the delivery of services to meet people’s needs. The aim of all of our programmes is to provide students with the skills, knowledge and tools to make sense of the world of public policy and management, so that they can analyse situation and problems, and use this to improve its practice. The course is designed to blend both practitioner an academic perspectives on public management, and the wide range of modules draws on examples from different countries around the world.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some students come straight from their first degree onto the Masters without much work experience, and others currently work in a public sector organisation (NHS, local authorities, education sector, police) and take the course on a part-time basis. About half of our students are from the UK, and the other half from abroad. At the moment we have 14 or 15 different nationalities amongst our students. The variety of our student body adds a hugely beneficial and interesting dimension to the teaching through the exchange of experience of different practices and underlying assumptions on which these practices are built. The dialogue around these differences plays a substantial role in the learning environment. As admission into the University Programmes is conditional on a good level of English, the discussions are accessible and of interest to all students.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Sociology and Social Policy web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)115 951 5559