Public Administration and Management MPA

London, Bloomsbury

The MPA programme in the Department of Political Science offers an applied, problem-based approach, blending new theoretical developments and practice, with a view to managing public policies domestically and overseas. The MPA aims to provide participants with the practical tools and the academic knowledge that public policy managers need to implement effectively and successfully achieve their agendas.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£24,200
£12,100
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£32,100
£16,050
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. In addition, one year of relevant work experience will be required. In extraordinary circumstances substantial internships would be considered towards the one-year working experience requirement.

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: Level 5

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree


Leaders with policy implementation and administration responsibilities often find themselves faced with a choice between programmes focused on the development of public policies, or in management departments learning how to manage businesses. Yet, their needs are not well catered for in any of these programmes. The dilemmas of policy implementation and administration require understanding of management theories but at the same time managers have to consider the distinctive features of each of the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Such leaders must have the knowledge and skills required to think creatively and to innovate in an ever more complex
and constantly evolving multi-actor environment. They need the flexibility to work across a wide variety of governmental and nongovernmental institutions, and the capacity to engage multiple actors towards a common purpose. With this understanding as a base, the MPA will provide an excellent venue for you to assess your managerial skills and administration competencies with an eye towards improving your performance at work.

The MPA programme in the Department of Political Science offers an applied, problem-based approach, blending new theoretical developments and practice, with a view to managing public policies domestically and overseas. The MPA aims to provide you with the practical tools and the academic knowledge that public policy managers need to implement effectively and successfully achieve their agendas.

Who this course is for

The programme is suitable for graduates with an interest in public administration and management who wish to use the MPA for developing their careers either in public, private or non-profit organisations.

What this course will give you

The programme addresses the needs of policy implementation and administration leaders who require management theories but at the same time have to consider the specificities of each of the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

This MPA will deliver the essential knowledge and skills managers require in order to think creatively and to innovate in an ever more complex and constantly evolving multi-actor environment.

Programme participants will discover an excellent forum to assess their managerial skills and administration competencies with a view to improving their performance at work.

The foundation of your career

Most alumni from this programme have pursued careers related to public services. Alumni have gone on work in a variety of areas including international organisations, national and local governments, public agencies, private consulting firms, NGOs, or think thanks, among others.

Employability

On completion of the MPA, you will be able to develop your careers further within public, private, or non-profit leading organisations. You will be equipped with the knowledge and the capabilities to take positions of responsibility, administrating and implementing different aspects of public policies.
The MPA will enable you develop key management skills in administrating and implementing public policies. You will acquire critical abilities to analyse public policies; you will also develop your leadership capacity and gain understanding of how different institutional arrangements can be used to deliver public services. You will also be exposed to a series of cases to advance your strategic decision-making skills.

Teaching and learning

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including: project reports, class presentations, ‘unseen’ examinations, essays and a final written dissertation.

150 hours is allocated to each 15 credit module. This includes 20 contact hours and 130 study hours.

Modules

In term 1, you will study two compulsory modules covering core public management issues: Governance and Public Management, and Data Analysis for Policy. Both modules are designed to equip you with the requisite foundational academic knowledge for public sector management careers. In addition, we recommend you to choose one elective module offered in term 1 in accordance with your career aspirations.

In term 2, you will choose the rest of the optional modules (you need to choose 4 in total). You will have to choose two modules out of five different options: Leadership & Organisational Behaviour (term 1), Policy Implementation, Public Finance and Budgeting, Impact Evaluation methods, and Policy Advice. These modules will be complemented by another two modules of your election out of all the elective subjects offered by UCL. You will also prepare your final master project in term 2.

In term 3 you will fully develop your final master project, which can be a dissertation, a case study, or a literature review. The final project will give you the opportunity to apply some of the concepts and skills developed through the programme under our supervision.

The programme structure for part-time students follows the same structure as our full-time students. We do encourage our part-time students to distribute their study evenly between the two years of study. The majority of part-time students opt for one of the following patterns:

  • 75 credits in year one and 105 credits in year two;

Or

  • 90 credits in year one and 90 credits in year two.

Upon completion you will have undertaken modules to the value of 180 credits, comprising three compulsory modules public management issues: Governance and Public Management, and Data Analysis for Policy, and a final project. You will have further attended elective module(s) so you can personalise your programme of study to your own academic or professional interests.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MPA in Public Administration and Management.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £24,200 £12,100
Tuition fees (2023/24) £32,100 £16,050

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

There are no programme-specific additional costs to students.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Public Administration and Management at graduate level
  • why you want to study Public Administration and Management at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

When it is necessary to calculate a final average mark, the department will calculate all years of undergraduate study.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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