Taught course

Public Administration - International Development

University of York · Department of Politics

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Entry requirements

You should have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.

You should have professional experience in the public service field. This could be in roles in local or national government, or in non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services.

You will also need to ensure you have:

  • A computer in your home with an internet connection (minimum 0.5mbps)
  • An office software suite compatible with Word and Excel formats.

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters of Public Administration is an internationally recognised qualification acting as the public service equivalent of an MBA.

This course is ideal for early- and mid-career professionals working in international development. During your studies you will develop the skills and knowledge you need to work in large organisations and to lead development projects in complex and uncertain situations. You will learn to examine and influence the policy process across multiple layers of governance and analyse the varying approaches used in different countries.

By choosing this part-time online course you will be able to combine your study with your career and family. You'll also be studying with one of the top universities in the world, with teaching and support from experienced academics and practitioners. Our Department is ranked equal 20th in the world and 6th in the UK (QS World Rankings 2018). All our courses are run directly by us, so you can always count on coherent and strong support from your academic tutors, personal supervisor and a dedicated support team.

You will study alongside peers working in similar organisations around the world. You'll be able to actively engage with them and share your ideas, learning and experience as you progress through the course. You'll also be in a position to immediately apply your learning and insight to your work and your organisation.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPA
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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