Taught course

MPA Public Administration (Degree Apprenticeship)

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature
Qualifications
MPA

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Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent. Exceptionally, a strong profile of relevant professional experience and/or training and demonstration of academic ability to achieve at postgraduate level, will be considered.
  • All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you an unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Are you ready to take the next step in your central, regional or local government career? This 2-year senior leader MPA Public Administration Master’s degree apprenticeship allows you to build your skills and get your MPA qualification while you work full time.

The course is work-based, and you'll typically spend about 20% of your working week studying. You'll need to do some additional studying outside of work time. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything.

You’ll develop your strategic leadership and management capabilities and get the knowledge you need to take on ambitious new roles. You'll cover public policy, service and administration from inter-cultural, inter-professional and inter-organisational perspectives.

You'll also study specialist areas relating to public administration, such as the legal system and corporate governance, and learn transferable skills that will be valuable throughout your career. You’ll have many opportunities to put what you learn into practice, as you’ll be completing the course alongside your job.

When you finish the course, you'll have the confidence to take on more challenging leadership roles in the future and become more effective in your existing role.

What you'll experience:

On this course you'll:

  • Critically examine how public policies are made and implemented
  • Gain specialist knowledge in fields that match your career aspirations
  • Learn how to solve complex issues with a creative approach
  • Boost your ability to lead and manage strategically
  • Cover topics such as citizenship, the legal system and corporate governance
  • Compare policy processes and outputs in specific fields, including health, education, welfare, economic development, defence, policing and European integration
  • Examine public policies, management systems and administrative systems from an international perspective
  • Assess the effectiveness of public organisations
  • Complete a personal project on a topic of your choice
  • Get a learning manager from the University and a workplace mentor
  • Access our Library resources, including electronic resources which you can accessed from anywhere with a web connection
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including study support and the Students’ Union
  • Receive feedback from and take part in discussions with lecturers and other students
What you'll study on this Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship (MPA Public Administration) degree course

On this course, you'll study modules worth a total of 180 credits. You'll study 2 modules in year 1 and 4 modules in year 2.

We’ll introduce you to different ways of delivering public services with maximum efficiency and effectiveness. You’ll develop an understanding of the impact of contextual forces on public organisations.

Areas of study include:

  • the legal system
  • social and technological change
  • corporate governance
  • the role of public sector organisations in economic development and regeneration
  • the marketisation of service delivery
  • citizenship issues in public organisations
  • the concepts, processes and institutions in the management of resources and operations
  • financial management, accountability and reporting
  • management and development of people within organisations
  • human resource management and development
  • change management

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Careers and opportunities

You can put the skills you’ll learn on this course to use wherever your public administration career takes you.

Previous Portsmouth Public Administration students have gone on to take up senior roles in local and central governments, and with United Nations and other non-governmental organisations.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Fees and funding

UK students
TBC
International students
TBC

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    2 years part time distance learning

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
admissions@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 5566