MPA Public Administration (Degree Apprenticeship) (MPA)

the United Kingdom

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About MPA Public Administration (Degree Apprenticeship) at University of Portsmouth


Are you ready to take the next step in your central, regional or local government career? This 2-year MPA Public Administration Master’s degree apprenticeship allows you to build your skills and get your MPA qualification while you work full time.

The course is work based, with teaching delivered online. You'll typically spend about 20% of your working week studying via distance learning. You'll also need to do some study outside of work time, with occasional visits to the University. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything.

You’ll develop your strategic leadership and management capabilities and get the knowledge you need to take on ambitious new roles. You'll cover public policy, service and administration from inter-cultural, inter-professional and inter-organisational perspectives.

You'll also study specialist areas relating to public administration, such as the legal system and corporate governance, and learn transferable skills that will be valuable throughout your career. You’ll have many opportunities to put what you learn into practice, as you’ll be completing the course alongside your job.

When you finish the course, you'll have the confidence to take on more challenging leadership roles in the future and become more effective in your existing role.

What you'll experience

    • Critically examine how public policies are made and implemented
    • Gain specialist knowledge in fields that match your career aspirations
    • Learn how to solve complex issues with a creative approach
    • Boost your ability to lead and manage strategically
    • Cover topics such as citizenship, the legal system and corporate governance
    • Compare policy processes and outputs in specific fields, including health, education, welfare, economic development, defence, policing and European integration
    • Examine public policies, management systems and administrative systems from an international perspective
    • Assess the effectiveness of public organisations
    • Complete a personal project on a topic of your choice
    • Get a learning manager from the University and a workplace mentor
    • Access our Library resources, including electronic resources which you can accessed from anywhere with a web connection
    • Have access to the University's student support services and community including study support and the Students’ Union
    • Receive feedback from and take part in discussions with lecturers and other students

Careers and opportunities

You can put the skills you’ll learn on this course to use wherever your public administration career takes you.

Previous Portsmouth Public Administration students have gone on to take up senior roles in local and central governments, and with United Nations and other non-governmental organisations.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study on this Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship (MPA Public Administration) degree course

On this course, you'll study modules worth a total of 180 credits. You'll study 2 modules in year 1 and 4 modules in year 2.

We’ll introduce you to different ways of delivering public services with maximum efficiency and effectiveness. You’ll develop an understanding of the impact of contextual forces on public organisations.

Areas of study include:

  • the legal system
  • social and technological change
  • corporate governance
  • the role of public sector organisations in economic development and regeneration
  • the marketisation of service delivery
  • citizenship issues in public organisations
  • the concepts, processes and institutions in the management of resources and operations
  • financial management, accountability and reporting
  • management and development of people within organisations
  • human resource management and development
  • change management

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.


If you do this course via the campus-based route, you'll study alongside public sector professionals from around the world, giving you the chance to learn from both our qualified academic staff and experienced practitioners. As part of the course, you'll also attend talks by speakers from a variety of public bodies.

You'll also get an induction, master classes, and specialist talks on campus. We’ll support you through online tutorials, in person, on the phone or over Skype throughout the course.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • briefing documents
  • analytical reports
  • research-based projects

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Notes about fees for this course

The course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. 

Your employer will also need to pay the End Point Assessment (EPA) fee. The cost of the EPA varies. This is in addition to the tuition fees.

Please see our Degree Apprenticeships page, or contact us, for further information about the EPA.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. A strong profile of relevant professional experience and/or training and demonstration of academic ability to achieve at postgraduate level, will be considered.

All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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