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PAIR6048 Placement in Public Administration

Module Overview

The placement module allows you gain valuable experience working in a relevant organization in the public or non-profit sector. You will have the opportunity to apply and reflect on the knowledge and skills you have gained in the first year of the MPA and gain important insights concerning the workings of the public and non-profit sectors. Most placements will be in the Hampshire region or the London area. Students may arrange their own placement, drawing on the resources and contacts of the PAIR and SSPC Departments. Interviews may be required by some employers before the placement is approved. The minimum length of a placement is 10 weeks (full-time). Most placements last 12 weeks (full-time).

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe and analyse the role, structure, and day-to-day operations of an organisation in the public or non-profit sector
  • Identify the skills, attributes and behaviours required for carrying out analytical and management tasks in the public and/or non-profit sector in which you are placed
  • Evaluate the development of your skills, attributes and behaviours over the course of the placement
  • Identify areas for personal and career development, and how these can be addressed in the public and non-profit sector


1. Introduction that outlines module aims and challenges 2. Placement in a relevant public sector or non-profit sector organisation 3. Two meetings (in the 4th and 8th week) with participants to discuss progress 4. Final meeting to discuss participant experiences and final essay

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module consists of four quarterly seminars with participants, in the first, fourth, eighth and final week of the module. You will discuss your placement experiences in these seminars and write a final reflective essay.

Completion of assessment task50
Preparation for scheduled sessions14
Total study time600



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Accommodation and Travel

Students will be expected to pay the cost of public transportation to and from the location of their placement

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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