This course focuses on critical issues and key developments relating to public management, such as leadership, strategy, and performance and human resource management.
It is an internationally recognised qualification and provides you with the competencies and knowledge for managing creatively in challenging policy environments. It is suitable for new graduates and those with managerial and/or public or third sector work experience.
With the current developments around the world, this is one of the most exciting times to be studying the public sector, governance and government, and the delivery of services to meet people's needs.
We aim to provide you with the skills, knowledge and tools to make sense of the world of public policy and management, so that you can analyse situations and problems, and use this to improve practice.
This course is designed to blend practitioner and academic perspectives on public management, and the wide range of modules draws on examples from around the world.
It features international curricula focusing on key public sector developments in the UK, EU, USA and other countries and is informed by world-leading research, reflecting the expertise of staff in the fields of public management, policy analysis and social policy.
Academic English preparation and support
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent. You could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.
- 78% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework
- 96.3% of sociology and social policy postgraduates secured work or further study within six months of graduation
Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 120 credits of core and optional modules.
MPA students will complete a 60-credit 15,000-word dissertation over the summer, and an appropriate dissertation supervisor will oversee your progress.
Previous topics have included:
- Managing people in the public sector: recruitment and staff training
- Impact of privatisation in the NHS on quality of care
- Public procurement and corruption in Philippines
- Central and local government interaction in budgetary process in Kazakhstan
- Electoral systems/democracy in Hong Kong and Taiwan
- China's monitoring system to deal with corruption of civil servants
Modules are typically assessed through a 3-5,000-word essay or report.
- Leadership, Strategy and Performance in the Public Sector
- Managing People
- Policy Analysis: Concepts and Theories
- Public Management and Governance
- Public Sector Financial Management
- Research Methods and Research Management
- Dissertation in Public Administration (MPA only)
You will choose 20 credits of optional modules, subject to approval.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Recent graduates have pursued careers in the public and voluntary sectors as managers and policy analysts. The MPA is rapidly becoming a standard global qualification for public servants.
Internships and development
We continue to develop close links with Nottingham Citizens and other public sector bodies to provide internship opportunities for MPA students. You will be kept up to date with any upcoming opportunities throughout your time at Nottingham.
'I found the course very useful because the topics were relevant to my career interests. This has definitely given my CV more clout. It has broadened my knowledge and helped me improve transferable skills such as communication skills gained through writing essays and presentations.'
Our graduates move into a wide range of careers following their time in the school. Studying at postgraduate level can give you a head start in the job market by helping you to gain new knowledge and develop vital skills.
Employability and average starting salary
96.3% of postgraduates from the School of Sociology and Social Policy who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £27,900 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £31,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.
2:2 (or international equivalent) in any discipline
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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Last updated November 1, 2018