Located in Edinburgh, the administrative capital of Scotland, this international MPA programme is targeted primarily at professionals working in a range of public and Third Sector contexts. The aim of the programme is to enable learners to build on their professional experience by engaging critically with, and reflecting on, key developments in public administration in order to more effectively deliver public service outcomes in a rapidly changing environment.
The programme addresses some of the key challenges facing our public services such as financial accountability, partnership working, governance, effective leadership and responding to change. The QMU MPA offers an excellent student experience and includes an innovative leadership exchange element, working with ACOSVO (the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations), to enable all students to partake in relevant workplace learning within another public service organisation.
More information on what is involved in the MPA is available here: https://iancelliott.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/what-is-an-mpa/
International Trends in Public Administration (20 credits)
Gender and Equalities (20 credits)
Leading Change in Public Services (20 credits)
Workplace Learning (20 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
Optional Modules - any two of the following four options
Law and Public Administration (20 credits)
Social Justice and Critical Perspectives on the State (20 credits)
Information Governance and Data Protection (20 credits)
Multi-level Governance in Europe (20 credits)
For Scottish students
SAAS funding is available for eligible Scottish students up to £3,400 for full-time students and up to £1,700 for part-time students.
Postgraduate Student Loans for English Students (PGLs) are non-means tested and will be paid directly to you. You can apply for a loan of up to £10,000 if your are studying a full-time course over one or two years and if you’re studying part time you can study for two years (for the equivalent one year full-time course) or up to four years (for the equivalent two year full-time course). If your course is longer than one year you can get up to £5,000 in your first year and the rest in your second year. If you’re studying part time you can only get payments in the first two years of your course.
Carnegie-Cameron Taught Bursaries are available for a small number of students. To be eligible you must be Scottish by birth, descent (at least one parent born in Scotland) or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of at least three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education in Scotland.
MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE HERE: http://www.qmu.ac.uk/welcome/FundingPG2011UK_EU.htm
For international students
QMU International Scholarships are available for a small number of applicants. These are competitive scholarships of £3,000 each for new international students.
Santander Scholarships are available up to the value of £5,000 for a limited number of applicants.
Saltire Scholarships are part of the Scottish Government's continuing support for the 'brightest and best' students to come and study in Scotland.
MORE INFORMATION ON FUNDING SOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IS AVAILABLE HERE: http://www.qmu.ac.uk/international/fees_funding.htm
More about our MPA Programme
The MPA programme offers options for both full-time and part-time study which will fit with busy working lives. This is a multidisciplinary course, with the purpose of preparing students for professional roles in the public and Third sectors. As such the delivery draws on academic expertise from a range of backgrounds such as administrative justice, public management and social policy. The input of research active academics will be complemented with expert guest speakers and visits to key public administration sites such as the Holyrood Parliament in Edinburgh and the EU Parliament in Brussels.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO) to give students some practical experience as part of this programme. More information on our links with ACOSVO is available here: http://www.qmu.ac.uk/marketing/press_releases/New-university-partnership-aims-to-help-shape-the-future-of-Scotlands-third-sector.htm
Pat Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations: “ACOSVO are delighted that the MPA is being developed at QMU. It recognises the importance of excellent public service leadership alongside the need to collaborate across sectors and boundaries to keep the needs of people and communities at the centre of everything we do.”
Angela O’Hagan, Convenor of Scottish Women’s Budget Group (SWBG): “Effective policy making needs robust gender analysis. Understanding the gendered nature of institutions and their outputs is essential in breaking the mould of policy measures and interventions that reinforce rather than reject unequal outcomes for women and men. A module like this [Gender and Equalities] within education in public administration is an excellent stepping stone”.
Jim McKay, Head of Events at Holyrood Communications: "Holyrood Communications is pleased to be working collaboratively with QMU in support of their MPA programme and looks forward to continuing to combine our efforts in the coming months and years to help ensure that students on the MPA are fully conversant with policy developments across the sector”.
A UK honours degree or equivalent and at least two years relevant experience. Applicants without a degree will also be considered if they can demonstrate that they have extensive work experience, skills and aptitude to achieve the award.