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.
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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.
2:2 (or international equivalent) in any discipline
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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.
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.