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Public Administration - MPA

Overview
Further your career in public sector management, guided by leading academics and practitioners.

Summary

Study Public Administration at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Ulster is the ideal programme for anyone working in a managerial or governance role in the public, voluntary or community sectors, who is keen to reach the next step in their career.

Designed to improve quality across the public services, this innovative course will enhance your leadership skills and effectiveness, ensuring you stand out in a competitive labour market.

Internationally-recognised, high quality research shapes our teaching. Throughout the programme, you will benefit from the extensive expertise of the academic team, as well as significant input from leading practitioners from across the civil service and public services.

About

Whether you want to further your learning or advance your career, the MPA is a flexible programme designed to work with your life.

Normally completed over two years, the course comprises nine modules and a project, delivered on a block-release basis. You also have the option to exit after four or eight modules with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Public Administration.

Students come from a variety of roles and organisations across the public, voluntary and community sectors. This diversity adds to the learning experience. You will study alongside like-minded professionals and gain an invaluable insight into different organisations, while also developing your network.

Modules cover a broad range of topics relevant to public sector management and governance, and will help you hone your leadership and management skills.

You will develop a critical awareness and understanding of policy, management and organisations and explore the impact of various forces on organisations including political uncertainty, economic constraints, demands for greater efficiency and effectiveness and an increasing focus on outcome

You will also learn how to analyse and evaluate key public policies that impact on your organisation.

Career opportunities are excellent and graduates of the MPA currently work across a wide range of organisations in health, housing, education, local government, government agencies, civil services departments, police, non-departmental public bodies and many voluntary and community sector organisations.

Entry requirements

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements

Entry Requirements

Normally a UK second class honours degree, or better, in any discipline or the equivalent of this for international students. Additionally, applicants should normally have gained at least 3 years’ relevant work experience in a supervisory or managerial position.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Duration

Attendance

Modules are taught over four day blocks spread over the academic year.

Careers or further progression

Career options

Our graduates are already immersed in their professional lives but this qualification should enhance the prospects of further career progression.

Further enquiries

Course Director: Dr Gordon Marnoch
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6378
E: gj.marnoch@ulster.ac.uk

Assessment method

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching support for each module is delivered in four-day blocks. The primary face-to-face mechanism for teaching and learning in most modules are interactive lectures, which facilitate the sharing of knowledge and information with students. Lectures are interactive as this befits the class of in-service public sector practitioners whose opinions and experiences are sought on the application of knowledge in their own organisations and the wider public sector. Lectures are therefore to be seen as a mix of formal teaching, seminar work where students are asked to work in groups on a task related to the module content, case studies and problem solving exercises. All modules are supported by on-line resources, which usually take the form of notes and reading.

Course work assignments are an essential part of the teaching and learning strategy; they take a variety of forms and are used to encourage students to read the literature underpinning lectures, integrate and apply knowledge and show that they have reflected upon and improved their own professional practice.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017

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