University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

MPA Public Administration

If you want to enter or enhance a career in central, regional or local government, or in organisations in partnerships with governments, this course has been designed to meet your needs. It brings together people from a wide range of organisations to create an inter-cultural, inter-professional and inter-organisational educational environment. While we prefer applicants to have experience of a public sector managerial role, exceptions may be made for a good relevant degree.

Entry requirements

MPA: A good honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. Preferably, applicants will have experience of working in a managerial role in a public sector organisation. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Core modules: Dissertation/major project; comparative public policy and administration; public management; public sector strategic management and leading effective change. Optional modules: Practice based knowledge in British public administration; work related learning/independent learning; Europe and the world; contemporary security in international relations: providers and challenges; policies and networks; the governance of the EU; nation and identity in Europe; management of resources, finance and information systems.

Assessment methods

You will be taught using a variety of lectures, seminars, tutorials, student presentations, visiting speakers and structured visits to public sector organisations. International students will have a full portfolio of activities that will include English language classes, visits to public organisations and structured advice on how to develop their academic performance. All students receive an induction to our library and how to use our electronic sources of information. Each student will have a personal tutor, as well as the support of an extensive system of student services. These include work-related assignments, extended essays, examinations, assessed presentations, reports, completion of logs and a dissertation or extended piece of work-related research culminating in a management report.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MPA Full-time September 2018 13,200 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MPA Full-time September 2018 6,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MPA Part-time September 2018 4,400 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MPA Part-time September 2018 2,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MPA Full-time September 2019 7,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MPA Full-time September 2019 13,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MPA Part-time September 2019 4,630 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MPA Part-time September 2019 2,330 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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