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Summary

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.

Attendance

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

Academic profile

All members of the MPA teaching team are nationally or internationally recognized experts in their field as demonstrated by their publications, award of research grants and participation in academic networks. The teaching team are all actively engaged with government, local authorities, NGOs, the NHS and other major public service bodies. This takes the form of consultancy work, commissioned research and membership of advisory groups.In addition to work focused on the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, teaching staff have recently been engaged with research or policy advice in relation to public services in Ghana, Turkey, Israel and Kazakhstan.

Career options

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


Visit the Public Administration - MPA page on the Ulster University website for more details!

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