University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Public Administration

The Exeter MPA takes an international perspective to equip students with the skills and understanding they need to operate effectively in an increasingly global and constantly changing environment. Students have the opportunity to benefit from the latest ideas on public policy, administration and regulation while learning alongside practitioners working in a variety of roles and organisations from the UK and overseas. The MPA is relevant for those working in local, regional, or central government, or for a charity or public-private partnership. It addresses some of the key issues facing the public sector such as effective leadership, financial crisis management, anticipating and responding to change, performance management, governance and ethical practice, risk and decision-making and sustainability. The MPA is run by the Department of Politics with expertise from senior civil servants and leading financial consultants. It draws on the work of academics who have an impressive reputation for research and whose ideas are published around the world. We have a long history of working with ministries and national governments, and members of our team have advised organisations such as the United Nations, World Bank, European Commission, the Department of Work and Pensions, the OECD and the Treasury

Entry requirements

Normally a good Honours degree (2.1 or above) and experience of working at a managerial level in a public sector organisation. For full information, including English language requirements and international equivalencies, please see the relevant programme page found in the postgraduate section of our website.

Course modules

Please note constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website. Some ecxamples of compulsory modules are: management and governance: comparing public administration around the world; policy and politics: the theory and strategy of delivering public services; public sector finance for managers; project; dissertation. Optional modules: risk, responsibility, regulation: whose policy is it anyway?; the politics, policy and practice of sustainable development; global governance and administration; the new public management: principles, practice and prospects; policy analysis and evaluation; regulation and reform: analysis and policy; past, present and future of health provision through a financial looking glass; project management in the public sector.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes worked based projects or dissertation.

Sponsorship information

The University of Exeter invests heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This is in addition to the Government's Postgraduate Loan Scheme. For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at Exeter, please visit the postgraduate study pages of our website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MPA Full-time September 2016 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MPA Full-time September 2016 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MPA Full-time September 2016 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MPA Full-time September 2016 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MPA Full-time September 2016 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MPA Full-time September 2016 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MPA Part-time September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Streatham Campus Exeter EX4 4QJ South West

Get in touch

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Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone number: 
+44(0)1392 723044