University of Brighton

University of Brighton

Public Administration

The Masters in Public Administration (MPA) is a professionally oriented degree that prepares you for managerial work in the public, community and non-governmental sectors, developing your understanding of complex political environments and the role of public policy in enacting political change. The programme examines public administration from a human rights perspective, which provides a basis for a critical social science appraisal of privatisation, marketisation and technological innovation in the public sector. Our aim is to understand how individual nations and global alliances account for human rights in their public administration practice and to understand the consequent contradictions that occur when the goals of economic and environmental sustainability are simultaneously pursued. Core themes of the course include public and voluntary organisations, partnerships, networks, participation, democracy, and strategy and planning in the public services. It also examines how localism evolves with national and international policy, and offers formal opportunities to consider how personal transformations have affected your career development.

Entry requirements

Normally a good 1st degree or equivalent professional qualification and experience; for non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements (or equivalent qualification).

Course modules

Management in the public service environment; partnership interagency working and user involvement; strategy and planning in the public sector; policy analysis; learning by objectives; participation and democracy. 1 research module from:quantitative research methods in the social sciences; principles of social research; qualitative research.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MPA Full-time £ 5,580 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MPA Full-time £ 11,840 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MPA Full-time £ 5,580 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MPA Part-time - 2 calendar years
PgCert Full-time - 1 years
PgCert Part-time - 2 calendar years
Full-time - 1 years
Part-time - 2 calendar years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Falmer Campus Brighton BN1 9PH South East

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