The MPA programme equips modern public managers and policy-makers with the skills required to make a decisive contribution to contemporary governance and policy. The programme is delivered jointly between the School of Media, Culture & Society and the School of Business & Enterprise, combining a rigorous social science focus on governance, public administration, public policy and politics with a strong grounding in public sector management and strategy. The programme has been designed to combine the political science and public policy focus of the MSc Policy Analysis & Global Governance with leading edge scholarship in public sector management and strategy. As such this award is a social science-led programme reflecting the changes in the public administration postgraduate and CPD market and discipline (i.e. an increased demand for skills development in policy analysis, public administration and management, and evaluation). The programme is also of key relevance for ‘executive students’ (e.g. civil servants and policy practitioners across sectors) who are currently working in policy roles and who seek to undertake study at postgraduate level as part of their professional development.

Key features of the programme:

  • Focus on understanding public management and administration within a global and comparative context
  • Opportunity to develop expertise in the area of public management, public administration, and governance that interests you.
  • Emphasis on public sector innovation, improvement and evaluation in the context of multi-level governance
  • Employability and career-relevant content through innovative learning and assessment

Students may also seek to undertake doctoral studies after completing the Masters programme. The programme equips students for employment in a number of sectors, particularly (but not exclusively) within the public sectors, civil service, international organisations and private companies that provide consultancy services to the public sectors.

The academics who teach on the programme also draw on their research networks for the benefit of the student experience through a combination of field trips to external organisations and the use of guest speakers from external bodies. The programme team support students to develop their own networks and to co-produce Masters projects with external organisations.

The programme is flexible allowing for part-time and full-time study, while also blending on campus, and on-line delivery techniques.


Student Learning Journey

Mode of study: Full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years), blended learning

Other potential exit awards: PgCert (60 credits); Pg Dip (120 credits)

The typical full-time student journey through the MPA:

Trimester 1               → Trimester 2             → Trimester 3
Comparative Governance and Public Administration

(20 credits - core)

Policy Analysis and Practice

(20 credits - core)

Research Methods in MCS

(20 credits - core)

Global Crisis Management or Power, Politics and Civil Society

(20 credits - elective)


(60 credits – core for full MPA)

Public Sector Management

(20 credits - core)

Public Service Performance Management

(20 credits – core)