Manchester Metropolitan University

Public Administration

Public administration is at the heart of our political systems and policy outcomes are a key way by which we engage with the social and political environment. It is increasingly characterised by open networks, devolved decision-making and a mesh of public, private and civil society stakeholders all trying to influence the direction of public policy. The key areas of health, welfare, ethics, trade, aid and disaster management are analysed, with a spotlight on the dramatic and innovative public services changes in the UK and the wider international context. This course provides insight into policy transfer between states in the international community and the shaping frameworks of international organisations, as well as considering the historical and cultural reasons why there remain significant differences in policy trajectories, public service management and service delivery.

Entry requirements

MPA: You will normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, or equivalent academic qualification. If you have a different background you may be admitted if you have proven experience in a relevant field. Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Course modules

Modules include: Core units: Dissertation; Ethics and standards in public life; Social science research methods; the Policymaking process and comparative public policy; Likely optional units: Contemporary UK public service reform; Education policy; Emergency and disaster planning; Housing and health in the community; International public policy management; Placement; Public administration: theory and context; the EU in turmoil.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a skills portfolio, report writing, essays, presentations, exams and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MPA Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
MPA Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site M15 6BH North West

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