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Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Course Description

The Master of Public Administration at Exeter is designed to help you meet the challenge of shaping and delivering effective public services.

The Exeter MPA takes an international perspective to equip you with the skills and understanding you need to operate effectively in an increasingly global and constantly changing environment.

You will have the opportunity to benefit from the latest ideas on public policy, administration and regulation while learning alongside practitioners working in a variety of roles and organisations from the UK and overseas.

The MPA is relevant whether you are working in local, regional, or central government, or for a charity or public-private partnership. It addresses some of the key issues facing the public sector such as effective leadership, financial crisis management, anticipating and responding to change, performance management, governance and ethical practice, risk and decision-making and sustainability.

The MPA is run by the Department of Politics with expertise from senior civil servants and leading financial consultants. It draws on the work of academics who have an impressive reputation for research and whose ideas are published around the world. We have a long history of working with ministries and national governments, and members of our team have advised organisations such as the United Nations, World Bank, European Commission, the Department of Work and Pensions, the OECD and the Treasury.

Our programme is modular with excellent online resources. While equipping you with core skills, the MPA will provide you with the opportunity to research and seek solutions to issues and challenges you face in the workplace. The involvement of leading practitioners from the public sector, together with real world case studies, will make sure learning is relevant and informed by best practice.

The University of Exeter is a supplier of MPA qualifications through the Crown Commercial Service (formerly Buying Solutions), the national procurement partner for UK public services and has been rigorously assessed for quality and value for money.

Candidates for the MPA with Applied Study must have proof of employment in and sponsorship from a public sector organisation. Entry to this programme will be agreed between the University and the sponsoring organisation.

For further information on this programme please visit our website: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/politics/public-administration

Visit the Master of Public Administration (MPA) page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Anne Harrison-Bailey

Since leaving university I have worked in local government and always wanted to complete a Masters degree. The MPA seemed ideal as it linked my work experience with a Masters course and would allow me to build on the skills and knowledge I had already gained through work.

The MPA at Exeter offered a wide choice of topics and a flexible modular programme which looked like it would make fitting a degree in with a full-time job much easier. The most valuable aspect is that the topics are relevant to the job I’m currently doing. After completing each module I have returned to work with a fresh perspective on the work I do and a greater understanding of the sector I work in.

Due to the international nature of the MPA I have gained a wider perspective of the topics we have been studying, which has allowed me to appreciate the administration systems we already have in place in the UK and learn from other countries how these can be improved. The MPA has given me a wider perspective of public administration on a national and global level. It has helped me to identify some of the key themes that run through public administration and how they affect the organisation I work for and the work I do.

The online learning provides access to all the essential information I have needed for the course and has enabled me to keep up to date with what’s going on. The course has helped me to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress in the public sector.


(Scholarship)

Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Varies

Eligibility

Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/money/funding



Entry Requirements

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Course Fees

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