The MPA is an international masters programme, aimed at those who aspire to a career in public management or policy-making in government, public agencies or non-governmental organizations working with government, whether at local, regional, national or international levels, worldwide. Since the programme was founded in 2009 it has attracted students from Azerbaijan, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Georgia, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa, South Sudan, St Kitts, St Lucia, Tajikistan, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam.
The normal admission requirement for our taught postgraduate programmes is a good first degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Subject to interview and a written statement, candidates without a first degree who have work experience relevant to the study of local policy and politics, may be admitted.
We accept a range of qualifications
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
The programme is for those who seeking to embark on or advance a career in management or policymaking in the state/public sector.
The aim of the MPA programme is to provide public managers, and those involved in public sector policies and services, to acquire a clear foundation of knowledge about the nature, role and development of the public sector and current trends in its evolution, and the skills and understanding required for further career progression with the public sector.
Core modules are:
Public Management and Leadership
Managing Public Money
Optional modules include any three from the following list (or any other modules provided within the School of Government and Society):
Conflict in Developing Countries
Conflict Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction
Critical Approaches to Development
Disability and Development
Gender and Development
Governance and State Building in Developing Countries
Human Resources / Managing People in Times of Global Changes
International Political Economy
Introduction to Development Projects
Introduction to Disaster Management
Knowledge Management and E-Governance
Non-Governmental Organisations in a Changing International Context
Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development
Poverty Inequality Interventions and Approaches
Public Economic Management
Religion and Development
Rural Poverty and Development
Social Analysis of Inequality, Poverty and Development
State and City in Europe and Asia
Transforming Development for Sustainability
Urban Poverty and Development
The MPA is ideal for candidates wishing to pursue careers in public policy, the strategic management in government organisations or public agencies, at local, regional, national or international levels. It may also enable public managers to broaden their careers either through moving to a different area of the public or voluntary sectors or through moving into consultancy.
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