Master of Public Administration

General

Program Description

Overview

Public administration is at the heart of our political systems and policy outcomes are a key way by which we engage with the social and political environment. It is increasingly characterised by open networks, devolved decision-making and a mesh of public, private and civil society stakeholders all trying to influence the direction of public policy. The key areas of health, welfare, ethics, trade, aid and disaster management are analysed, with a spotlight on the dramatic and innovative public services changes in the UK and the wider international context. This course provides insight into policy transfer between states in the international community and the shaping frameworks of international organisations, as well as considering the historical and cultural reasons why there remain significant differences in policy trajectories, public service management and service delivery.

Length

  • 1 year: full-time
  • 2 years: part-time

Features and Benefits

  • The opportunity for cross-campus working with international partner universities
  • The opportunity to take a placement with a public service partner organisation in the region
  • To engage with a mix of traditional and blended learning environments
  • The opportunity to develop a wide range of analytical, presentation and other professional skills

Career Prospects

The programme aims to provide the skills to progress to higher research programmes, and to offer opportunities for the acquisition of skills applicable to a range of roles in government, international, political, social and economic organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and public sector management.

Entry Requirements

You will normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, or equivalent academic qualification. If you have a different background you may be admitted if you have proven experience in a relevant field.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Course Details

This course provides insight into policy transfer between states in the international community and the shaping frameworks of international organisations, as well as considering the historical and cultural reasons why there remain a significant difference in policy trajectories, public service management and service delivery.

Year 1

You will study the following core units and have the opportunity to select further units from a range of options:

  • The Policymaking Process and Comparative Public Policy
  • Ethics and Standards in Public Life
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Likely Optional Units

  • Education Policy
  • Public Administration: Theory and Context
  • Contemporary UK Public Service Reform
  • Emergency and Disaster Planning
  • The EU in Turmoil
  • Housing and Health in the Community
  • International Public Policy Management
  • Placement
Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

  • Full-time: 50% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 50% independent study
  • Part-time: 50% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 50% independent study

Assessment

  • Full-time: 80% coursework; 0% practical; 20% examination
  • Part-time: 80% coursework; 0% practical; 20% examination
Placement Options

The placement option allows you to undertake a placement with a partner organisation based in the public or voluntary and community sector. Using an inquiry-based learning framework, you will critically evaluate the work of the placement organisation and develop suggestions for possible improvements in collaboration with colleagues and service users. We will help you source your placement.

Department of History, Politics and Philosophy

Our Department of History, Politics and Philosophy offers programmes of study alongside a thriving research culture, emphasising a student-centred approach to learning.

With interdisciplinary strengths in many areas, the department takes pride in its approach to research-led teaching and being able to provide opportunities for students to work with academics at the forefront of their disciplines.

Fees

UK and EU Students
  • UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £945 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £1723 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5 pence per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop, up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

Students would not normally pay additional costs for any field trips or visits that are linked to units.

Last updated September 2019

About the School

Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 c ... Read More

Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 countries. We are ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019 which is a measure of our commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. Read less