Taught course

Master of Public Administration

University of Southampton · Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Public Administration provides you with the knowledge and skills to analyse and manage processes of governance, policymaking, and administration at many levels of government. You will choose among a variety of modules that allow you to explore the many dimensions of modern policymaking and administration and the mechanics of public policy design and implementation. You can also learn about 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.

Core modules:
Comparative Public Administration; Research Design and Practice

Optional modules:
four from a wide range in Politics and International Relations and Social Sciences

Compulsory module for 20 month Master in Public Administration (Practise): Placement in Public Administration

Information for international students

Please see the international page.

Fees and funding

Please see the fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
20 months

Further details of qualification

The 20-month Master of Public Administration (Practice) includes six modules, a placement module and a dissertation. Two modules are core:, the first Comparative Public Administration provides the conceptual and theoretical foundations necessary for the study of Public Administration. The second, Placement in Public Administration, requires participants to complete a placement at a governmental or non-profit organisation. A third module, Research Design & Practice is compulsory and provides the methodological training necessary to complete the dissertation. Students choose four modules from among the option modules (see diagram below) and complete their dissertation.

Course contact details

Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences