Taught course

Master of Public Administration

University of Southampton · Politics and International Relations

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Entry requirements

The normal criterion for admission is an upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject (social sciences, economics, history, and cognate fields) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Public Administration provides you with the knowledge and skills to analyse and manage processes of governance, policy-making, and administration at many levels of government, from local to national to global. You will explore the many dimensions of modern policy-making and administration, the nature of public policy design and delivery, the strategies that public and non-profit organisations use to respond to major policy problems and dilemmas, and the social effects of policy choices. You will receive training in research design and will undertake individual, original research as part of your dissertation.The programme is rooted in an interdisciplinary approach to the study and practice of Public Administration. All students follow core modules in Comparative Public Administration and Research Methods and then choose from a range of optional modules within the Social Sciences. This approach provides the necessary grounding in the academic study of Public Administration while allowing students to assemble a course that meets their substantive interests.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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