Taught course

Masters of Public Administration

University of York · Department of Politics

Entry requirements

A good second class (undergraduate) degree or equivalent qualification. Applicants without undergraduate-level academic experience may also be considered if they have sufficient professional background. Professional experience in the public service field. This includes roles in government at national or local level, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles that support or deliver public services. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of the York Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree is to enhance your capacity to manage, lead, change and improve public services.

This programme provides professional development for those working in the broad field of public services management, or those wishing to develop a career in that area; the programme is particularly relevant for those individuals involved in the delivery and management of services; it focuses on the organisational and governmental context within which public services are delivered, and the skills required for successful administration of public service programmes; the programme promotes shared learning across sectors (public, private, non-profit) within an international context. It reflects the current public service modernisation agenda and aims to equip you to make a practical difference in the delivery of public services programmes and agendas.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323561