Taught course

MPA Public Administration (distance learning)

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

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. Preferably, applicants will have experience of working in a managerial role in a public sector organisation. Applicants may be subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Overview

If you're already working in public administration, a Master's degree can give you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to advance your career, take on ambitious roles, and become an expert in your field.

On this MPA Public Administration degree course, you'll cover public policy, service and administration from an inter-cultural, inter-professional and inter-organisational perspective. You'll unpack specialist subjects, such as the legal system and corporate governance, and learn transferable skills that will be valuable in your career.

We'll provide the expertise and support so you can take your skills and knowledge straight into your job – so that once you graduate, you'll be able to explore new options, or seek promotion opportunities.

What you'll experience

  • Look at how and why public policies are produced and implemented
  • Get specialist subject knowledge in fields relevant to your career choices, like citizenship issues, the legal system and corporate governance
  • Compare policy processes and outputs within specific fields, including health, education, welfare, economic development, defence, policing and European integration
  • Understand public policies, management systems and administrative systems from an international perspective
  • Learn how to assess the effectiveness of public organisations
  • Complete a personal project on a topic of your choice
  • Make the most of our facilities, including a study centre and library, with 24/7 access to publications, including ejournals and newspapers
  • Be supported by professional, enthusiastic staff and benefit from our flexible approach to learning, with web, email and phone access to many of our facilities and services

Work experience and career planning

The course delivers lifelong transferable skills that you'll be able to apply to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, throughout your career. When you graduate, you'll be able to work with self-direction and originality, and contribute to public administration in local, regional or central government, or in an organisation working in partnership with the Government.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Fees and funding

UK students
TBC
International students
TBC

For information about fees and funding your studies, please visit: https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPA
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

1 year full time distance learning, 2 years part time distance learning

Course contact details

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