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  • Qualification

    MPA - Master of Public Administration

  • Location

    Main Site - Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Gain the skills to analyse governance, policy-making and administration across different areas of government on our 1 year Master of Public Administration (MPA) course.

Explore public policy design and learn how organisations deal with major policy problems and the societal effects of policy choices. You’ll cover local, national and global perspectives.

Understanding the role of public administration in implementing government policy can benefit both individuals and society, on a local to global scale.

On this flexible UK master’s in public administration you’ll explore:

  • modern policy-making and administration
  • public policy design and delivery
  • public and non-profit organisations and their approach to major policy challenges
  • the effects of policy choices on society

You’ll develop understanding of the:

  • core public administration theoretical and practice-related perspectives
  • main issues and events shaping public administration in national and regional settings
  • central philosophical and methodological debates related to the study and practice of public administration
  • ways in which governance systems differ
  • skills to design and complete a dissertation on a specialist topic in the field of public administration

You'll also receive training in research design and will carry out individual, original research as part of your dissertation.

Careers

On this Public Administration course you'll gain the skills and knowledge to pursue roles within the civil service and local government.

You'll be in the ideal position to consider a PhD in public administration or a related field. You’ll also be able to work as a manager or analyst in the public, charity and private sectors.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 21,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

  • University League Table

    15th

  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton is proud of its inclusive global community and welcomes students from over 130 countries, including 6,800 EU and international students.
Southampton's Students' Union (SUSU) has over 40 cultural and international groups that help with social connections for international communities.
Specialist careers support and paid Year in Employment and internship opportunities prepare international students for their future.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    36th out of 122 17

    24th out of 86 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    143 68%

    31st

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%

    51st

    25
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%

    50th

    37
  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    136 66%

    29th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75.0 75%

    15th

    9
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.94 79%

    48th

    15

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