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The award
MPA

How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

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About Master in Public Administration at Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Manchester Metropolitan University

In the last two decades the public service landscape has changed dramatically, with the expansion of the commissioning of services from the private and voluntary sectors, and the development of new models of regulation, governance, accountability and performance management. With change comes demand for increased understanding of the new, complex, public service landscape from those who wish to work in this environment and researchers who wish to shed light on these trends.

This course is designed to provide you with the intellectual foundations for a career in leadership of these public services, whether in the public sector, or in private or voluntary sector organisations delivering public services, as well as access to relevant research being conducted into these services. Career routes to leadership in these sectors require a combination of skills: understanding of the wider public service context, the economics of public services, governance, accountability and performance management, and skills in leadership, management and finance. Public service leaders must also have specialist knowledge of the services and policy areas in which they operate.

You will be taught by academics based in the Policy Evaluation Research Unit (PERU), an internationally recognised policy-research unit with particular expertise in models of public service delivery and policy making. PERU members have a 12-year track record of research in the UK and Europe and links with institutions in the US and South East Asia. They are actively involved in research programmes commissioned by public service organisations, including central government departments, and many members of the unit have worked in public services at a senior or non-executive board level.

These international contacts and this practical and research experience will directly influence what you are taught, with the content of the course drawing on global public administration and policy case studies. All this means that you will be learning at the cutting edge of the latest developments in public services and administration.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMPAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least a 2:2 UK undergraduate honours degree or international equivalent.

If you have a different background you may be admitted if you have relevant postgraduate study, research or professional experience.

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