UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


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

Our new MPA will teach you the competencies, capabilities and leadership skills needed for purpose-driven organisations—in the public, private and civil sectors—to confront the grand challenges of the 21st century.

Studying on this globally unique programme, you will gather an in-depth understanding of the economics of innovation, technological, social and institutional innovations, alongside cutting-edge thinking and practice around public administration and governance, strategic design and digital transformation. Tackling grand challenges, ranging from climate change to health care for the aging population, requires organisations to be fully equipped to co-create markets together and to understand the opportunities for technological, organisational and social innovations.

As a graduate of the programme, you will help organisations refocus themselves to become mission-led, driven by public purpose, and able to welcome and manage the explorative and risk-taking processes that structural change, innovation, and socio-economic transformation require. Key to this is rethinking of public and societal value: how to create, to nurture and to evaluate it.

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Isha Reid (Teaching and Learning Administrator): iipp.studentenquiries@ucl.ac.uk


How to apply

Applications are now closed.


For UK/EU students: £18,240
For overseas students: £25,610


This is a one-year programme of full-time study, or two-year programme of part-time study.


IIPP has two studentships available for the inaugural year of our MPA (2019-20) funded by Baillie Gifford.

The Baillie Gifford Studentship covers fees and a stipend of £20,000. The awards are based on academic merit. Find out more here.

To apply, please send an email to Isha Reid (Teaching and Learning Administrator), iipp.studentenquiries@ucl.ac.uk, confirming you would like to be considered for a studentship and please include your UCL Application Number.

The Bartlett is also offering ten scholarships worth £10,000 each for students registered on a Masters programme at The Bartlett, including the IIPP MPA. Learn more.

Download our MPA leaflet