MPA in Public Administration and Management
About this programme
This Master of Public Administration combines extensive coverage of the field with a strong focus on managing public services and leadership skills. Participants are exposed to policy and management problems facing public organisations, or related non-profit and private firms.
- Programme summary
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.Location: London, Bloomsbury
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. In addition, two years of relevant work experience will be required.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:International equivalencies
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Programme Director: Dr Marc Esteve
The programme is made up of the following elements, to total 180 credits - 120 credits are composed of taught courses and 60 credits is the dissertation:
1. You are required to take the following three compulsory modules:
Module Code Module Name UCL Credit Value PUBL0063 Governance and Public Management 30 PUBL0062 Data Analysis for Policy 30 Dissertation - 10,000 words 60
2. Choose two of the following modules up to a value of 30 credits in total. You may select the third option not chosen in this tier as an elective module.
Module Code Module Name UCL Credit Value PUBL0048 Leadership and Organisational Behaviour 15 PUBL0028 Policy Implementation 15 PUBL0065 Public Finance and Budgeting 15 PUBL0064 Impact Evaluation Methods 15 PUBL0069 Policy Advice 15
3. Choose any two further modules worth 30 credits in total (the following is a list of all courses available within the department):
- Advanced Qualitative Methods
- Advanced Quantitative Methods
- Agenda Setting and Public Policy
- British Government and Politics
- Conflict Resolution and Post War Development
- Constitutional and Institutional Law of the European Union (Laws)
- Contemporary Political Philosophy I: Authority, Obligation and Democracy
- Contemporary Political Philosophy II: Social Justice and Equality
- Data Analysis for Public Policy (MPA students only)
- Democracy and Accountability: Holding Power to Account
- Democracy and Constitutional Design (DCP students only)
- Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutions
- Democratic Political Institutions
- Environmental Politics
- Equality, Justice and Difference
- Foreign Policy Analysis
- Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice
- Geopolitics and Globalisation (Geography)
- Global Business Regulation
- Global Ethics
- Global Governance (GGE students only)
- Global Public Policy
- Globalisation and Security (Geography)
- Governance and Public Management (MPA students only)
- Governing Divided Societies
- Health Policy and Reform
- History and Theory of European Integration (History)
- Human Rights, Accountability and World Politics
- Human Rights: Politics and Practice
- Impact Evaluation Methods
- Informal Practices in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Economy (SSEES)
- International Law and Human Rights (HR students only)
- International Organisation: Theory and Practice (IPP students only)
- International Peace and Security (SS students only)
- International Political Economy
- International Trade Policy
- Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods: Researching Politics using Interviews, Observations and Fieldwork
- Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods: Researching Politics using Texts, Transcripts and Images
- Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
- Jeremy Bentham and the Utilitarian Tradition (Laws)
- Jurisprudence and Legal Theory (Laws)
- Law and Regulation
- Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
- Making Policy Work
- Meanings of Liberty: Applied Methods in Political Theory (LPT students only)
- Nation, Identity and Power in Central & Eastern Europe (SSEES)
- Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Policy and Management
- Normative Methods, Legal Analysis and Research Skills
- Parliaments, Political Parties and Policy-Making
- Peer Assisted Learning Sessions (LPT students only)
- Performance Management & Accountability
- Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (Centre for Security and Crime Science)
- Policy Advice (EMPA and MPA students and MSc students with 3 years of relevant work experience)
- Policy Implementation (EMPA and MPA students only)
- Policy-making & Regulation in Europe
- Political Economy of Development
- Political Economy of Energy Policy
- Politics of Change in the Baltic States (SSEES)
- Politics of Economic Policy in Post-Industrial Democracies
- Practical Documentary Filmaking (Anthropology)
- Public Ethics
- Public Finance and Budgeting
- Public Management: Theories and Innovations
- Public Microeconomics (Economics)
- Public Policy Economics and Analysis
- Republicanism and Liberalism
- Russian Foreign Policy Since 1917 (SSEES)
- Russian Politics (SSEES)
- Social Justice, Social Mobility, Education and the Family
- Social Values and Public Policy: Health and Environment
- Strategy and Organisational Change
- The Ethics of Counter Terrorism
- The Ethics of Poverty
- The European Union, Globalisation and the State
- The European Union in the World
- The European Union: Institutions and Politics (EPP students only)
- The Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights
- Theories and Actors of the Policy Process (PP students only)
- Theories of International Relations
- Voters, Public Opinion Participation
- Violent and Non-Violent Conflict
- War, Peace, Human Rights and International Law
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A Students' View
The MPA at the Department of Political Science has challenged me to critically evaluate how current global challenges are being addressed. It has given me the tools to analyse contemporary issues from a qualitative and quantitative approach in theory but most importantly, in practice. The professional experience and views of other international students have made this experience enriching and exciting.
This Master of Public Administration combines extensive coverage of the field with a strong focus on managing public services and leadership skills. Participants are exposed to policy and management problems facing public organisations, or related non-profit and private firms. The programme’s sequence of modules and real-world fieldwork opportunities foster the managerial skills needed to meet the demands of managing today’s public, non-profit, and private organisations.
The applied, problem-based approach blends new theoretical developments and practice, with a view toward managing public policies domestically and overseas. Participants will develop key management skills to administer and implement public policies; gain critical abilities to analyse public policies; develop an understanding of leadership skills; gain understanding of a range of institutional designs to deliver public services; and, using a case approach, advance their strategic decision-making skills.
Examples of some themes of focus include:
- Characteristics of Multilevel Governance
- Organisational arrangements to implement public policies, such as public-private partnerships, networks, public agencies, among others.
- Interpretation of the economics of public policy
- Cost/Benefit Analysis
- Managing public services
- Leadership in public, private and non-profit organisations
- Policy Evaluation
Moreover, participants would benefit from other UCL departments and institutes to strength their educational experience. Seminar series are offered by the Department of Economics, the Department of Laws, the Institute of Global Governance, the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, and the European Institute, among others. Another group, UCL Public Policy, holds events which are a reflection of UCL’s commitment to research that engages and interacts with the broader policy-making community.
Further information on the programme is available by contacting Dr. Marc Esteve.