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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.

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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.