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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    MPA: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time; PGDip: 9 months full-time, 18 months part-time

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip, Other

  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details.

  • Last Updated

    24 January 2019

Course content

Overview

This course focuses on critical issues and key developments relating to public management, such as leadership, strategy, and performance and human resource management. 

It is an internationally recognised qualification and provides you with the competencies and knowledge for managing creatively in challenging policy environments. It is suitable for new graduates and those with managerial and/or public or third sector work experience.

With the current developments around the world, this is one of the most exciting times to be studying the public sector, governance and government, and the delivery of services to meet people's needs.

We aim to provide you with the skills, knowledge and tools to make sense of the world of public policy and management, so that you can analyse situations and problems, and use this to improve practice.

This course is designed to blend practitioner and academic perspectives on public management, and the wide range of modules draws on examples from around the world.

It features international curricula focusing on key public sector developments in the UK, EU, USA and other countries and is informed by world-leading research, reflecting the expertise of staff in the fields of public management, policy analysis and social policy.

Key facts

Course details

Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 120 credits of core and optional modules.

MPA students will complete a 60-credit 15,000-word dissertation over the summer, and an appropriate dissertation supervisor will oversee your progress.

Previous topics have included:

  • Managing people in the public sector: recruitment and staff training
  • Impact of privatisation in the NHS on quality of care
  • Public procurement and corruption in Philippines
  • Central and local government interaction in budgetary process in Kazakhstan
  • Electoral systems/democracy in Hong Kong and Taiwan
  • China's monitoring system to deal with corruption of civil servants

Assessment

Modules are typically assessed through a 3-5,000-word essay or report.

Modules

Core modules

  • Leadership, Strategy and Performance in the Public Sector
  • Managing People
  • Policy Analysis: Concepts and Theories
  • Public Management and Governance
  • Public Sector Financial Management
  • Research Methods and Research Management
  • Dissertation in Public Administration (MPA only)

Optional modules

You will choose 20 credits of optional modules, subject to approval.

  • Theoretical Frontiers in Criminology
  • Welfare Policy

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

Careers

Recent graduates have pursued careers in the public and voluntary sectors as managers and policy analysts. The MPA is rapidly becoming a standard global qualification for public servants.

Internships and development

We continue to develop close links with Nottingham Citizens and other public sector bodies to provide internship opportunities for MPA students. You will be kept up to date with any upcoming opportunities throughout your time at Nottingham.

Our graduates move into a wide range of careers following their time in the school. Studying at postgraduate level can give you a head start in the job market by helping you to gain new knowledge and develop vital skills.

Employability and average starting salary

96.3% of postgraduates from the School of Sociology and Social Policy who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £27,900 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £31,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


Visit the Master of Public Administration MPA/PGDip page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

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