This interdisciplinary programme unites the expertise of three schools - the School of Sociology and Social Policy, the Business School and the School of Politics and International Studies, allowing you to study a broad range of modules which will enhance your knowledge of public administration and policy analysis in varying contexts of global and local challenges.
The programme will equip you with the necessary skills to take up a senior position in public administration. You will acquire a mastery of the diverse range of problems that public administration professionals face in the contemporary socio-economic climate and an in-depth understanding of the contested nature of debates in social and public policy.
Throughout the course you will be introduced to and debate the challenges, opportunities, understandings and approaches to managing such issues as ageing populations, social inclusion, migration, unemployment, health, inequality, sustainability and resilience, drawing on the insights and experiences of public and third sector leaders from across the globe.
A key part of the programme is its vocational element which enables you to apply your acquired knowledge to real life situations through project work linked to partner organisations. Throughout the course you will be exposed to a wide variety of the challenges, issues and problems that individuals engaged in public administration face and you will be supported to develop a portfolio of project work tailored to your own interests and career aspirations.
Throughout the course you will take a range of modules from across the three schools. One of the compulsory modules is the MPA Project Labs module which represents the vocational element of the course, designed to replace the traditional dissertation.
The MPA Project Labs will run across all three semesters, giving you the unique opportunity to conduct independently designed project work anchored in collaboration with a partner organisation, enabling you to apply the advanced skills and attributes developed across the programme. The module will be supported by workshops on public administration scenarios and challenges by academic leaders and guest speakers, including professionals and officials with different roles in the public and third sector; workshops on research and impact; problem-focused group work; and one-to-one project supervisions. You will be equipped with a depth and breadth of expertise and specialist skills valued by employers and commissioning bodies working in the public sector.
We use various teaching methods including lectures; seminar, guest lectures and workshops from external speakers; problem focused group work and student-led debates.
Assessment methods are likely to vary, depending on the optional modules you choose. Most of our taught modules are assessed through written work such as essays and reporting.
The MPA is recognised as the key professional qualification for those who wish to pursue or further a career in senior public service. The global perspectives and opportunities to apply your knowledge during this course will equip you with the critical thinking and professional skills needed for a successful and impactful career.
Graduates of this programme are likely to work in government departments, the third sector, and multi-national NGOs. Additionally graduates may progress into private sector and consulting firms that work closely with these areas.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
A good MBA can really make you stand out for the top jobs in any type of business in fast paced major growth, transformation, innovation and operational change in any country and business discipline area. You develop insights across the top discipline functions such as finance, strategy, economics and project management, marketing, leading and managing people, supply chain and new business creation. These are all disciplines within themselves which you rapidly acquire skills and knowledge to manage successfully. These are essential disciplines to many known high street brands, service industries, online businesses and high growth start ups which ensure that if you start a business using existing skills or a new team that you are likely to provide a high growth enterprise very quickly. Alternatively you may have been employed within a sector undergoing a real threat to business existence which involves you in making changes very quickly at operational level using the range of disciplines you learn.
In this situation you can overcome the threats quickly to ensure long term viability whilst managing short term risks to business and you can be a very sought after individual due to your ability to quickly assess what needs to be done with minimum impact to allow long term profitability. Many brands have recently been disrupted by mass communications and the rapid rise in online trading, some were able to quickly re-organise their business model to avoid going out of business, some were able to innovate and others relied on a wide variety of techniques to allow them to reinvent themselves. MBA positions are normally fast paced but very rewarding in terms of achievements and business satisfaction.
The Global MBA is ideal if you are a working professional, you want to change direction, you want to add business skills to pursue an enterprise or you have other commitments which prevent you from studying at a University campus. It is delivered by one of the ancient universities in the UK in partnership with IDI
The Leadership Challenge
Marketing and Sales Management
Business Model Innovation
Leading and Managing Projects
Accounting and Finance for Managers
Strategy and Practice in a Dynamic Word
Leading and Managing High Performance Teams
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• Aberdeen is ranked as a Top 3 University for world leading research impact in Business and Management (REF 2014)
• Teaching is informed by close links with industry and delivered by industry professionals in some cases
• You gain top level operational management across special core functions required to drive business growth
• The online MBA is delivered in partnership with the Interactive Design Institute
• Online for the MBA (Global)
• Part time July and January
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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.
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You study with people from a range of industries globally using a study platform used by leading corporations.
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International Business Management
In a dynamic and ever changing business world, it's important to be able to demonstrate your capability in enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our distance learning MBA will help you develop the leadership and management skills needed to be able to take on this challenge, respond quickly and positively to change, and realise opportunities and new initiatives.
With a strong entrepreneurial and innovative focus, this online MBA has a strong practical element ensuring you are able to understand, respond to and lead change as well as developing your knowledge of management and business administrative practices to ensure you are equipped for your future in a management role or whilst developing your own business or team.
Throughout this course you will develop high quality written and communication skills, learn to apply the business and management theories, tools and knowledge gained to tackle management and organisational problems or challenges, both strategically and functionally. As an online MBA you will draw upon your own and others personal, managerial and organisational tools and techniques, allowing you to bring the MBA to life in your workplace and deliver impact as you learn.
Operations and Project Management
Leadership and Change
Finance for Decision Making
Human Resource Management and Leadership
Formative assessment includes a range of discussion topics informing current environmental issues and appropriate application of theory and topic constructs. Tutors will provide feedback and feed-forward commentary on contemporary and appropriate research material and current affairs.
Summative assessment includes management reports. consultancy and portfolio exercises and a capstone module that allows learners to apply appropriate theory and to draw conclusions from rigorous academic and critical enquiry.