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Public Administration (Practice) (MPA)

Master of Public Administration
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2 years
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COVID-19: this course is not running in the 2020/21 academic year

About this course

Learn how governance, policy making and administration work throughout different levels of government on our 2 year Master of Public Administration (Practice) degree. Cover local, national and global perspectives and the social impact of policy.

In your second year you’ll carry out a professional industry placement with a governmental or non-profit organisation.

Understanding the role of public administration in implementing government policy can benefit both individuals and society, on a local and global scale.

On this flexible UK master’s in public administration you’ll explore:

  • modern policy-making and administration 
  • public policy design and delivery 
  • public and non-profit organisations and their approach to major policy challenges 
  • the effects of policy choices on society

You’ll develop understanding of the:

  • core public administration theoretical and practice-related perspectives
  • main issues and events shaping public administration in national and regional settings
  • central philosophical and methodological debates related to the study and practice of public administration
  • ways in which goveranance systems differ
  • skills to design and complete a dissertation on a specialist topic in the field of public administration

You'll also receive training in research design and will carry out individual, original research as part of your dissertation.

On your practice placement you'll build on the academic knowledge you gain in your first year. Practice is a great way to develop your professional networks and career goals. 

Related pathways

If you'd prefer to study the course without practice experience you can apply for our:

Master of Public Administration (1 year). You'll study 6 modules and a dissertation across 2 semesters.

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr John Boswell. John’s current research looks at public engagement in relation to health spending and the relationship between old and new media in understanding unfolding or unexpected events. Visit Dr Boswell’s profile page to learn more about his work.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.