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Public Administration and Management - MPA

Course Description

UCL School of Public Policy’s MPA programme offers an applied, problem-based approach, blending new theoretical developments and practice, with a view to managing public policies domestically and overseas. The MPA aims to provide participants with the practical tools and the academic knowledge that public policy managers need to implement effectively and successfully achieve their agendas.

Degree information

The MPA offers a balanced coverage of a wide range of public administration topics, with a strong focus on managing public services and leadership skills. Participants are exposed to public affairs challenges usually faced by public organisations, or related non-profit and private firms. The programme's curricular structure and real-world fieldwork opportunities foster the managerial skills needed to meet today's greater demands for accountability and success from public, non-profit, and private organisations.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Governance and Public Management (30)
-Data Analysis for Policy (30)

Optional modules - students choose two of the following (the others remain options):
-Leadership and Organisational Behaviour (15)
-Economic Policy Making (15)
-Policy Implementation (15)
-Public Finance & Budgeting (15)
-Impact Evaluation Methods (15)
-Performance Management & Accountability (15)
-Policy Advice (15)

Choose further modules up to a value of 30 credits in total from an extensive list available at here. The following are suggestions:
-Health Policy and Reform (15)
-Public Policy Economics & Analysis (15)
-Making Public Policy (15)
-Policy-Making & Regulation in Europe (15)
-The European Union, Globalisation and the State (15)
-Agenda Setting (15)
-Strategy and Organisational Change (15)
-British Government & Politics (15)
-Law & Regulation 1 (15)
-The Political Economy of Development

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. Assessment is through a variety of methods, including essays, unseen examinations, graded coursework and a dissertation.


On completion of the MPA, participants will be able to develop their careers further within public, private, or non-profit leading organisations. They will be equipped with the knowledge and the capabilities to take positions of responsibility, administrating and implementing different aspects of public policies.

The MPA will develop key management skills in administrating and implementing public policies. Students will acquire critical abilities to analyse public policies; they will also develop their leadership capacity and gain understanding of how different institutional arrangements can be used to deliver public services. They will also be exposed to a series of cases to advance their strategic decision-making skills.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme addresses the needs of policy implementation and administration leaders who require management theories but at the same time have to consider the specificities of each of the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

This MPA will deliver the essential knowledge and skills managers require in order to think creatively and to innovate in an ever more complex and constantly evolving multi-actor environment.

Programme participants will discover an excellent forum to assess their managerial skills and administration competencies with a view to improving their performance at work.

Visit the Public Administration and Management - MPA page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a strong upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or 3.3 GPA, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. In addition, two years of relevant work experience will normally be required.

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