University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

MPA Public Administration (Distance Learning)

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. Applicants may be subject to interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

We will introduce you to different ways of delivering public services and how to access their efficiency and effectiveness. As a result, you will gain knowledge and develop an understanding of the following areas: The impact of contextual forces on public organisations including: the legal system ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues international developments corporate governance the role of public sector organisations in economic development and regeneration the marketisation of service delivery citizenship issues in public organisations the concepts, processes and institutions in the management of resources and operations financing the public sector (sources, financial management, accountability and financial reporting) management and development of people within organisations, human resource management, human resource development and change management the uses and limitations of quantitative and qualitative research methods for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain organisational environment the development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact on organisations the use of relevant communication and information technologies and applications in public sector management within a global knowledge-based economy You will study: Strategic Public Management and Leading Effective Change Dissertation/Major Project (Masters in Public Administration) Comparative Public Policy and Public Administration or Public Management alongside one option from: Contemporary Security in International Relations: Providers and Challenges From Security to Risk: European International Relations In The 21st Century Nation and Identity Negotiation and Lobbying in the EU: A Simulation Game Practice-Based Knowledge in British Public Administration Work Related Learning/Independent Learning Please note that units may be subject to change. For part-time students a number of distance learning management units are available in addition to a work-based learning unit, which allows you to achieve credit for study or a project undertaken in the workplace. Credit for prior learning may be awarded, provided that the course studied relates to the Portsmouth MPA curriculum.

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 Distance learning (full-time) September 2018 4,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MPA Distance learning (part-time) September 2018 2,250 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MPA Distance learning (full-time) September 2019 4,625 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MPA Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 2,310 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

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