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Politics and International RelationsPart of Economic, Social and Political SciencePostgraduate study

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration provides you with the knowledge and skills to analyse and manage processes of governance, policy-making, and administration at many levels of government, from local to national to global.

Introducing your degree

You will choose among a variety of modules that allow you to explore the many dimensions of modern policy-making and administration, the nature of public policy design and delivery, the strategies that public and non-profit organisations use to respond to major policy problems and dilemmas, and the social effects of policy choices. You will receive training in research design and will undertake individual, original research as part of your dissertation.

MPA

The programme is rooted in an interdisciplinary approach to the study and practice of Public Administration. All students follow core modules in Comparative Public Administration and Research Methods and then choose from a range of optional modules within the Social Sciences. This approach provides the necessary grounding in the academic study of Public Administration while allowing students to assemble a course that meets their substantive interests.

The Master of Public Administration (Practice) programme requires you to undertake a placement at a public sector or non-profit agency or organisation.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants full-time

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants part-time

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants full-time

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants part-time

 

To Apply

You should apply using the University's online application form. You can find more details on our Apply page.

Deadlines
Applications can be submitted at any time, although we would encourage applicants to apply before the end of May. If you are seeking financial support for your postgraduate studies, we recommend that you apply before the end of February so you have time to gather the necessary documentation for your funding body/sponsor.

Master modules
If applying for one of our Master programmes, please specify the option modules you intend to take, if known.

References
For all applications, two academic references are required. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications until we have received both references.

Programme Structure

The 12-month Master of Public Administration includes six modules and a dissertation. Two modules are compulsory: the core module, Comparative Public Administration, provides the conceptual and theoretical foundations necessary for the study of Public Administration. The second, Research Design & Practice, provides the methodological training necessary to complete the dissertation. Students then choose four modules from among the option modules and complete their dissertation.

The master of Public Administration (Practice) runs over two years, starting in September of the first year and finishing in June of the second. The programmes involves 4 semesters, six modules, a placement module and a dissertation. Two modules are core:, the first Comparative Public Administration provides the conceptual and theoretical foundations necessary for the study of Public Administration.  The second, Placement in Public Administration, requires participants to complete a placement at a governmental or non-profit organisation. A third module, Research Design & Practice is compulsory and provides the methodological training necessary to complete the dissertation. Students choose four modules from among the option modules (see diagram below) and complete their dissertation.

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Typical entry requirements

Requirements Bachelors Degree

The normal criterion for admission is an upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject (social sciences, economics, history, and cognate fields) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification.

Selection process

Intake: 15

Entry is not confined to students who have studied politics or international relations before. Each year, we offer places to a number of students from other subject areas in the social sciences and humanities.

We also admit some students from science backgrounds, although we may want to interview such applicants before offering a place on the programme.

We also welcome applications from those who have relevant work experience and/or who have been away from education for some time, and such applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with relevant work experience in public administration will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

The structure of the programme and the modules currently offered are set out below. Of the modules shown against each part of your programme, some are compulsory (ie enrolment is automatic) and others are options. Within each part, you are directed to which modules are compulsory and which are options. The option modules shown below constitute an indicative list; there will always be choice but the options might vary between years. A full list of modules and rules will be available to you via the Student Record Self-Service system once you enrol at the University.

Year 1

Semester One
Compulsory
RESM6002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
Optional
PAIR6036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
CRIM6004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
SOCI6045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
PAIR6040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
PAIR6039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
SOCI6046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
SOCI6047Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
DEMO6023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
RESM6003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
RESM6004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
DEMO6021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
SOCI6043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
PAIR6043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
PAIR6008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Master of Public Administration (Practice) only below

PAIR6048Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Public AdministrationMaster 2019Full-time£9,250£18,104
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

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 some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. 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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Teaching Methods

The Master of Public Administration relies on a flexible and inclusive approach to learning and teaching. Modules are taught using a variety of teaching and learning methods, including interactive lectures, student-led seminars, problem-solving workshops, case analysis, supervised independent research, and independent study. Most modules are taught as seminars, allowing you ample opportunity to discuss key issues related to Public Administration theory and practice in a small group setting.  Students prepare papers and lead seminar discussions or debates thereby develop their verbal and written communication skills. Where possible, modules incorporate digital technology, including web-based and video-based teaching methods.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods are designed to evaluate your understanding and application of core knowledge and skills related to Public Administration. Written assessment exercises include independent research papers, critical literature reviews, and case analyses. You will also be assessed on your individual and group presentations during seminars, where appropriate

Study locations

Hartley Library

Highfield campus

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