University of York

University of York

Public Administration in International Development

The course has been designed to support managers or potential managers of public organisations in developing countries; the course considers the environmental factors (political, cultural, economic) that impact on the work of public managers and the ways in which those factors shape the character of governance and the management and delivery of public policy in these different state forms. The programme addresses 4 broad themes: The delivery, management and improvement of public services in the context of international development; the social and political issues influencing the path of development; strategic capability, including strategic planning, the management of public finances, leadership and organisational learning; the wider context of public service delivery: the implications of global governance and of governance in developing states.

Entry requirements

A good 2nd class (undergraduate) degree or equivalent qualification. Applicants without undergraduate experience may also be considerd if they have sufficient professional background. Experience is required in the public service field. This includes roles in government at national and local level, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Module includes: Leading and managing change; conflict and development; policy analysis; managing public finances; theories and policies of development governance; strategic planning; policy report; dissertation.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MPA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MPA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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