Taught course

Public administration - Social and Public Policy

University of York · School for Business and Society

Entry requirements

  • Students should normally have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and the professional experience outlined below.
  • If they don't have experience of undergraduate study or only of a lower standard, the application may be considered if they have a suitable professional background, as outlined below.
  • Students should have professional experience in the public policy/public service/public administration/international development field. This could be in roles in local or national government, or in non-governmental, intergovernmental or international organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services or which interact with policy making. The extent of experience should be at least on an early career level, with some degree of involvement in organisational decision making or with a clear career path towards such responsibilities.
  • If you earned your undergraduate degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. Our country specific pages can help you to find out.

Months of entry

January, March, May, July, September, November

Course content

Make a real impact in social and public policy.

Learn how to influence social and public policy and shape the future of public services and welfare.

The online MPA Social and Public Policy from the University of York has been specifically designed for aspiring leaders working in the public or non-profit sector, or in private sector roles with a link to public policy or public management. This Masters programme equips you with the skills and knowledge to shape and influence policy and deepens your understanding of policy making and the interaction between policy making on the local, national and global level.

The skills you will develop as you study this programme will help enable you to take on roles with higher degrees of leadership responsibility and strategic impact, empowering you to shape policy and change people’s lives for the better.

Six starts per year.

Information for international students

If English isn’t your first language you may need to provide evidence of your ability, such as:

IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Student Support Administrator - Admissions
+44 (0)1904 32 1228