University of York

University of York

Public Administration in International Development

This practical programme is suitable for those working in or with public services and has been designed to support the current modernising agenda. The programme is taught entirely online which allows plenty of flexibility; the course offers a portfolio of modules which have been designed to meet the challenges of contemporary public management; participants undertake modules that are commensurable with the international modernising civil services agenda

Entry requirements

Entry is to the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance, with participants progressing through Diploma and Masters upon successful completion of the previous stage; professional experience in public service field, a good first degree (if no first degree is held work experience will be considered), IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Course modules

There are 3 compulsory Certificate Stage - three compulsory modules: social and political issues in development; governance and public administration; policy analysis and process. Diploma Stage - three compulsory modules: leading and managing organisational change; strategic planning; the economics of public service reform. Masters stage - either one module and 12,000 word independent study project or two optional modules and a 6,000 word project: organisational learning and performance; public policy and management in the information age; globalisation and social policy; project management; using evidence in social policy.

Assessment methods

Written assignment at end of each taught module with an Independent Study Project to close the programme. All assignments are submitted electronically.

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 Fee Course duration
MPA Online study £ 11,310 per Whole course (home fees) 3 years
MPA Online study £ 11,310 per Whole course (overseas fees) 3 years
PgCert Online study - 3 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 321273