Why study Master of Public Administration at UWS London?

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During your Master of Public Administration, you will complete five core 20-credits areas of study and a further one optional area of study for the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip). This ensures that all students can pursue their chosen specialisms on solid intellectual and disciplinary foundations. You will then complete your MPA by carrying out an extended research project dissertation.

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage, you will study the following core areas of study:

  • Contemporary Social Issues (20 credits)
  • Comparative Governance & Public Administration (20 credits)
  • Crisis Leadership & Management (20 credits)
  • Applied Research Methods in Social Science (20 credits)
  • Policy Analysis & Practice (20 credits)

Optional area of study

  • The State in a Global Order (20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master’s area of study:

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

The master’s dissertation gives you the opportunity to specialise in an area of public policy, leadership, administration and governance that interests you, while under academic supervision. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your CV by undertaking a work-based project as part of your final dissertation with a partner organisation (e.g. NGOs, campaign groups, public agencies, third sector organisations, etc.).

Students are taught and assessed through a combination of lectures, tutorials, exams and essays.

You’ll complete five taught core modules, plus one option, followed by an extended research dissertation, which may be practice-based.

The course is 16% scheduled learning and 84% independent study.

Assessment is 100% coursework based.

What is a Master of Public Administration all about?

Make an impact in your public or third sector career with a Master’s qualification in Public Administration. With a rigorous focus on both social sciences and crisis communications, this course will give you the theoretical and practical understanding needed to take your career to the next level.

This high level, specialist qualification will equip modern public managers and policy-makers with the skills required to make a decisive contribution to solving global public policy issues.  The programme combines a rigorous social science focus on governance, public administration, public policy and politics with a strong grounding in public sector management and communication.

Our MPA has a strong international focus and is ideal for professionals looking to progress into a global career. 

Whether you’re looking to enter the world of public management or policy making, or uplevel your current work experience by expanding your sector knowledge, this course will help you develop the knowledge, skills and connections you need to take those vital next steps.

You will gain:

  • An understanding of public management, leadership and administration within a global and comparative context
  • The opportunity to develop expertise in the area of public management, public leadership, public administration, and governance that interests you
  • A deep awareness of crisis management within an organisational context
  • The chance to enhance your employability with career-relevant content through innovative learning and assessment
  • The opportunity to study within a diverse international community of learners

Where will this course take me?

An MPA provides a cross-section of skills for professionals looking to work in public, third sector, and even private organisations at management or leadership level. It’s a highly versatile qualification that can lead to a range of top-level positions for individuals looking to make a real impact.

MPA graduates may go on to work as local government analysts, programme coordinators, statisticians, policy analysts, CSR managers, HR managers and many other positions with a connection to public management, governance or policy.

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Why study for a Master of Public Administration?

This qualification is ideal for anybody looking to improve their understanding of public policy and governance and develop the skill-set needed to enter the job market at a high level. The role of policy-makers and public managers is changing quickly, and this course has been designed to reflect the increase in demand for managers skilled in policy analysis, public administration and management, crisis communications, and evaluation. 

Public sector, third sector and civil service roles are a natural progression for our graduates, but an MPA can lead to private sector roles too. The leadership and management skills you will develop, teamed with a deep understanding of governance and public policy, will allow you to step into many organisational roles involving people, policy and impact.

This course is more than just theory, it’s been carefully designed to set you up for a career. The teaching team have years of practical experience and insight to share, and will help you build links with our industry partners via the Oxfam partnership, as well as other civil service and public sector bodies. You’ll also be able to expand your professional CV by undertaking a practice-based project as part of your final dissertation in collaboration with a public or third sector organisation.  

Topics you will study include:

  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Crisis & Communication
  • Crisis Leadership & Management
  • Applied Research Methods in Social Science
  • Policy Analysis & Practice

 

Who is this course for?

  • Graduates looking to move into a career in public policy and governance
  • Professionals with relevant industry experience who are looking to expand their current skills and knowledge and progress to a higher level


Applications for this course will be considered on an individual basis.

Course leader profile

Dr Thanassis Gouglas 5
Dr Thanassis Gouglas
Programme Leader: Master of Public Administration

Further information

Applicants will normally hold an ordinary degree in relevant discipline (e.g. business-related subjects, Social Science, Politics etc.).

Applicants will also be considered with alternative degree titles if the transcript shows they studied modules in Social Sciences, Research methods, Sociology or other modules which can demonstrate Critical Thinking in a Social Sciences context.

Applications from those who do not meet the academic criteria above but have a degree and significant and relevant professional experience (3+ years) in for example Public Administration, Civil Service (National or International), or healthcare management in the public sector may be considered.

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. For more information on specific academic entry requirements per country, please contact one of our admissions officers.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWSInternational English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
Test Minimum Requirement IELTS (International English Language Testing System)IELTS Indicator Overall score of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 for each component
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)Grade C
Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Int’lOverall score 170 with no element below 163
Cambridge AS and A LevelsGrade C or above
Trinity College London ISEIIReading: Pass; Listening: Pass
ibTOEFL78; no sub-test less than 17: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17
Pearson Test of English (Academic)PTE Overall score of 59 with no element less than 59
Password English Language testGrades equivalent to CEFR B2 for entry at L9 entry and above. Password scores of 6.0 or higher
LanguageCert International ESOLB2 Communicator pass/Communicator High Pass (postgraduate applicants at 6.0)
Oxford International English Language Level Test (ELLT)Overall 6, minimum 5.5 in all skills. Must be at a minimum of B2 and equivalent to IELTs of 6.
Skills for English (SELT)Overall 6, minimum 5.5 in all skills. Must be at a minimum of B2 and equivalent to IELTs of 6

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Tuition fees

Master of Public Administration

2024/25
UK (excluding Scotland)
£11,750
International (including EU)
£15,500

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