Taught course

Master of Public Administration

University of Southampton · Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University. Please see course page online for full entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Dive into the intricacies of governance, policy-making, and administration with our one-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) course. Designed to provide a comprehensive understanding, this programme takes you through the fabric of public policy design, encompassing local to global perspectives, and revealing the profound societal impacts of policy decisions. Whether you’re deciphering the methods behind modern policy-making or analysing the essence of public and non-profit organisations, you'll gain a holistic perspective on public administration’s evolving landscape.

Graduating from this course positions you perfectly for roles within the civil service, local government, or as a manager in the broader public, charity, or private sectors. Whether your aspirations lie in deepening your academic pursuits with a PhD or stepping into a pivotal role in policy analysis, this MPA from the University of Southampton is your stepping stone to influence and innovation.

Information for international students

IELTS language requirements: band G, IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components. For more information on accepted English Language tests, please see our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)23 8059 4732