UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Master of Public Administration (MPA): Innovation, Public Policy and Public Value 2021-22

The UCL IIPP Master of Public Administration will teach you the competencies and critical skills needed for purpose-driven organisations in the public, private and civil sectors.

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There is no equivalent post-graduate degree that combines our alternative approach to policymaking, with a focus on structural change and innovation. Our MPA teaches the dynamic skills required for purpose-driven organisations — in public, private, and civil sectors — to confront the grand challenges of the 21st century. Tackling these challenges requires new ways of thinking and new organisational capabilities.

As graduates of the programme, students will be equipped to help reshape organisations to be mission-led, experimental, and driven by public purpose. Students will understand the explorative and risk-taking processes that structural change, innovation, and socioeconomic transformation require.

Entry requirements

To be considered for the MPA programme, a minimum of an upper second-class honours’ bachelor’s degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard. Please refer to our programmes page where you will be able to search the entry requirements by the country studied in. If your education was not conducted in an English majority speaking country, you will also be required to take an English language test to evidence adequate English proficiency. The English level for this programme is Advanced. Two years relevant work experience is recommended, though not a requirement to be considered for the programme. 

Tuition fees

Full time: £21,600
Part time: £10,800

Full time: £28,500
Part time: £14,250

To learn more about scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page

Putting theory into practice

MPA fieldwork
As part of the final project, students can undertake a placement and develop professional connections at one of UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)'s partnership organisation, such as those in our Mission-Oriented Innovation Network (MOIN). MOIN brings together over 40 public organisations around the world, from state investment banks, innovation agencies, strategic design units in cities, and other public organisations with that are engaged in cutting-edge policy-making. Learn more about MPA placements.

Learn more about the IIPP MPA

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