Research course

Politics and International Relations

University of Southampton · Politics and International Relations

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Entry requirements

A UK bachelor’s degree with upper second-class honours and a Master of Science at Merit* or higher in a relevant subject (*typically between 60% and 69% in the UK) plus satisfactory performance at interview

Months of entry


Course content

On this flexible UK master’s in public administration you’ll explore modern policy-making and administration, public policy design and delivery, and approaches to major policy challenges. You'll also discover the effects of policy choices on society.

You’ll develop an understanding of the core public administration theoretical and practice-related perspectives and the main issues and events shaping public administration in national and regional settings. You'll delve into central philosophical and methodological debates related to the study and practice of public administration, the ways in which governance systems differ. You'll learn all the necessary skills to design and complete a dissertation on a specialist topic in the field of public administration.

Fees and funding

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

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    Up to 84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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