Manchester Metropolitan University

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 environmentPublic policy and its administration is increasingly characterised by open networks, devolved decision-making and a mesh of public, private and civil society stakeholders influencing the direction of service operation, delivery and management. Key areas of governance, devolution, health, welfare, ethics, trade, aid and disaster management are analysed, with a spotlight on the dramatic and innovative public services changes in the UK, including an examination of the development of the Northern Powerhouse and the debates surrounding the "Devo Manc" agenda.

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least an upper 2nd 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.

Course modules

Modules include: Ethics and standards in public life; social science research methods; the policymaking process and comparative public policy. Option Units may include: 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

Assessment across the programme takes a wide variety of forms including oral presentations, policy papers, quantitative data analysis, reports, article reviews and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MPA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

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