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Masters in Public Administration (MPA)


Course Description

The Master’s in Public Administration is a major new initiative in executive education from the internationally renowned School of Business and Management at Queen Mary.

An MPA is an internationally recognised qualification supporting those seeking to advance their careers in international organisations, national or regional government departments and agencies, local authorities, regulatory bodies and in voluntary bodies and firms which provide public services.

The Queen Mary MPA is a highly distinctive interdisciplinary programme combining academic rigour with professional development. Subject areas you will cover during your studies are management, policy sciences, organisation studies and economics (among others) to enable public managers to enrich and deepen their understanding of their work. You will also have many opportunities to attend meetings on campus addressed by major UK political figures and top public servants.

It is the professional qualification that leaders and ambitious staff often have, who work in making policy and advising policymakers, in running public services and in regulating organisations which provide those services.

• The Queen Mary MPA will enhance your career prospects, in any field of public management, nationally and internationally.

• You will have unrivalled access to leading politicians and public service managers who regularly come to Queen Mary to give guest lectures on many of our MPA modules. This is as a result of our close contacts with national and local government in the UK.

• Our programme is practical: you will learn concepts, frameworks and theories but we use these to focus on how public managers solve practical problems and strike trade-offs in difficult dilemmas which they face in running services and supporting policymaking.

• The course is international in design: we use international examples in every part of the course. We use a comparative approach to looking at countries; the course examines global and other supra-national tiers of governing.

• We emphasise the political context shaping public management.

• We look at both services and policy making: the Queen Mary MPA is a fully integrated programme covering public management from street level through a prime minister’s office to the headquarters of an international organisation.

• The programme provides opportunities to network and share ideas with a wide range of fellow managers from the UK and internationally.

• All MPA students will receive a free iPad to assist them with their studies.

Continuing Professional Development

A suite of CPD workshops will be running throughout the year for our MPA students; these are designed to enhance their skills and employability. Some sessions are provided by well-known external contributors and some by our own specialist in-house Management Learning team. For example, we run special workshops for MPA students in negotiating and bargaining skills, and in joint inter-agency working.

Course Structure

You will study eight modules, comprising of five compulsory and three elective modules.

Compulsory modules – Semester 1, September-December

Public policy and governance
Economics of the public sector
Public financial management and accounting
Organisation behaviour in the public services
Research methods

Option modules – Semester 2, January-March

Leadership and strategy in the public services
Human resource management in the public services
Global governance and international organisations
Economics of development
Managing diversity

Finally, you will undertake a piece of research, for which you will be supervised by an academic member of staff, and this will form the basis of a 12,500 word dissertation.
You will have opportunities to use project work throughout the course and especially at the dissertation stage to contribute to your own organisation.

Please do not hesitate to email if you have any queries.

Visit the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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QMUL-Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

QMUL works closely with the Chevening - the UK government’s international scheme aimed at developing global leaders - to provide a large number of full scholarships for study on our one-year Masters courses.Every year QMUL hosts a large cohort of the 1500 Chevening Scholars who come to study at universities all over the UK. In 2016-17 we have a record of 87 scholars joining QMUL from countries across the globe!Chevening Scholarships are available for students from all nationalities.All Chevening awards cover full overseas tuition fees, as well as providing a stipend for living costs, air-fares, and a variety of other expenses.Chevening Scholars also benefit from a year-long programme of events helping you experience the best of British culture and to make the most of your time in the UK.There are two types of award on offer at QMUL:QMUL-Chevening Scholarships
A large number of these awards will be available across all one-year QMUL masters courses.QMUL-Chevening Partner Awards
In addition to the QMUL-Chevening Scholarships, QMUL also supports an additional seventeen QMUL-Chevening Partner Awards. These awards are for specific academic departments and for particular courses.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Chevening Award you must:
- Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
- Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
- Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK
- Have at least two years’ work experience
- Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 13 July 2017

Application Procedure

Applications for all scholarships must be made directly to the Chevening: full details on how to apply are available on the Chevening’s webpages.In order to be considered for a QMUL-Chevening Partner Award, candidates are encouraged to place QMUL as their first choice university.The deadline for applications is Tuesday 8 November 12:00 GMT.Candidates should also apply for their chosen Masters programme at QMUL through our online portal in the normal way.Candidates are encouraged to QMUL as early as possible to ensure that their application can be processed in a time to meet the Chevening’s deadline for the confirmation of their unconditional university offer in July 2017.

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/scholarships/181259.html


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QMUL Commonwealth Shared Scholarships - 6 Awards

QMUL is proud to be working in partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK to offer a wide range of scholarships for postgraduate study at Master’s and PhD level.In 2017-18 we will be hosting an unprecedented number of Commonwealth Scholars from across the globe.Commonwealth Scholarships at QMUL typically cover full overseas tuition fees, living costs, airfares, and a variety of other expenses. Through the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme, QMUL has up to 6 scholarships available across a range of courses including the Masters in Public Administration (MPA).The scholarship covers:
- Full tuition fees and air fares
- maintenance allowance (£1,268/month)
- grant of up to £225 to cover thesis costs
- £401 for warm clothing allowance
- £200 for study travel
- cost of up to 10kgs of excess baggage (books only) for scholars returning home at the end of their awards

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (for a full list of eligible countries, see the terms and conditions)
- By August 2017, hold a first degree of either first or upper second class (2:1) classification, or lower second class (2:2) classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
- Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country
- Be unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK

Application Procedure

All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC).Please visit the CSC website for full application details and deadlines.Application deadline: 1 March 2017

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/scholarships/181480.html


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QMUL Commonwealth Scholarships - 20+ Awards

QMUL is proud to be working in partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK to offer a wide range of scholarships for postgraduate study at Master’s and PhD level.In 2017-18 we will be hosting an unprecedented number of Commonwealth Scholars from across the globe.Commonwealth Scholarships at QMUL typically cover full overseas tuition fees, living costs, airfares, and a variety of other expenses. Scholars from developing and developed Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for these awards.All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.The scholarships are available for all subject areas although courses must have a developmental relevance.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)

Application Procedure

All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC). Please visit the CSC website for full application details.Application deadline: 15 November 2016

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/scholarships/181480.html


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QMUL HESPAL Scholarships - Single Award

HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities and to develop renewed, sustainable links between Palestinian and UK universities.The Scheme will upgrade junior academic staff in Palestinian universities through a Masters Scholarship programme.Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has one scholarship available, which covers Masters academic fees (in the form of a fee waiver from participating UK HEIs), a living allowance and pre-departure briefing. The scholarship is limited to a period of up to 12 months and cannot be extended beyond 12 months.The priority areas of study for Palestinian universities are likely to include (but are not limited to): Business, Economics and Finance; Educational Management; Political Sciences and International Relations; Human Rights and Governance; Agriculture; Engineering; Law; Management; Environmental Studies; Water Management; Nursing; TSOL; Human Resources; Economics; Literature; Linguistics; IT; Science programs; Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Infrastructure; Clean Energy and Conservation Strategies; MA Energy Management; Energy Conservation; Sustainable Energy; ICT; Nanotechnologies and Energy; Educational Technology; Special Educational Needs.For full details of the scholarship scheme, please visit the HESPAL website

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

- Applicant must be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.
- Applicant must be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him, which must be one of the participating Palestinian universities.
- Applicant will have a Masters degree from a Palestinian university with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 3.0 Bachelor’s Degree from UK).
- Applicant must sign a written undertaking to return to Palestinian university within a time frame agreed with their university, normally one year.
- Applicant must have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).

Application Procedure

- Applicants should complete the HESPAL application form in collaboration with their university, indicating which subject area(s) they wish to study. Applicants should specify at least three and up to to five UK HEIs in order of preference, but there is no guarantee they will be placed in one of these institutions.
- Submit the HESPAL application to the home university in Palestine with all supporting documents attached.
- Each applicant should submit an online application direct to each university that they wish to apply to and should attach a copy to the HESPAL application. The completed application forms and all other documentation must be submitted in hard copies to your university scholarship coordination office by 23 Janurary 2017.

Further Information

http://www.britishcouncil.ps/en/study-uk/scholarships/hespal



Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent grade from your first degree, from a recognised university. Three years’ relevant working experience (in exceptional cases, we can waive the requirement for three years’ working experience). IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in writing)

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