University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Public Administration

This course provides students with the background knowledge of careers in central, regional or local government, or in organisations in partnerships with governments.

Entry requirements

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

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 Fee Course duration
MPA Full-time £ 4,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MPA Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MPA Part-time £ 1,530 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MPA Part-time £ 3,830 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Admissions Team, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
023 9284 8299