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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    Other

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    16 October 2018

Course content

Overview

If you're already working in public administration, a Master's degree can give you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to advance your career, take on ambitious roles, and become an expert in your field.

On this MPA Public Administration degree course, you'll cover public policy, service and administration from an inter-cultural, inter-professional and inter-organisational perspective. You'll unpack specialist subjects, such as the legal system and corporate governance, and learn transferable skills that will be valuable in your career.

We'll provide the expertise and support so you can take your skills and knowledge straight into your job – so that once you graduate, you'll be able to explore new options, or seek promotion opportunities.

On this course, you'll:

  • Look at how and why public policies are produced and implemented
  • Get specialist subject knowledge in fields relevant to your career choices, like citizenship issues, the legal system and corporate governance
  • Compare policy processes and outputs within specific fields, including health, education, welfare, economic development, defence, policing and European integration
  • Understand public policies, management systems and administrative systems from an international perspective
  • Learn how to assess the effectiveness of public organisations
  • Complete a personal project on a topic of your choice
  • Make the most of our facilities, including a dedicated study centre and library, with 24/7 access to publications, including ejournals and newspapers
  • Be supported by professional, enthusiastic staff and benefit from our flexible approach to learning, with web, email and phone access to many of our facilities and services

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Teaching​

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • student presentations
  • visting speakers
  • visits to public sector organisations

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • work-related assignments
  • essays
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • reports
  • dissertation or report

Careers and opportunities

The course delivers lifelong transferable skills that you'll be able to apply to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, throughout your career. When you graduate, you'll be able to work with self-direction and originality, and contribute to public administration in local, regional or central government, or in an organisation working in partnership with the Government.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.


Visit the Public Administration MPA page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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