The aim of the York Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree is to enhance your capacity to manage, lead, change and improve public services. It reflects the current public service modernisation agenda and aims to equip you to make a practical difference in the delivery of public services programmes and agendas.
The programme is distance-based and materials are made available via a web-based virtual learning environment. Students are closely supported by online tutors and there is a strong emphasis on highly interactive collaborative, small-group working, and on shared learning.
This is a part-time, postgraduate-level programme delivered wholly online in fully supported environment. The programme can be completed to Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters level.
The programme is based on a number of principles that inform its structure, content and general approach, as follows:
*While the focus of the programme is on the delivery of services, this activity can only be fully understood and improved when it is linked to the processes of policy development and decision-making. The programme therefore addresses all of these issues.
*The wider context within which governments work is changing rapidly and has created pressures quite unlike those faced by public managers in earlier decades. Key issues in this wider environment are the role of global institutions and the implications this has had for governance and decision-making; the rising demands that governments and citizens are making on public service managers, against a background of constrained resources; and the conflicting drivers facing managers in many sectors of innovation and standardisation. Public managers need to understand this wider context in order to function effectively within it.
*Effective service delivery increasingly involves leading and managing change. The skills that this involves include understanding change at the level of the individual, organisation and society.
Who is the programme for?
The programme accepts participants from public sector and non-governmental organisations, and from private sector organisations that work with public services. It will be relevant to you if you work in or are looking to develop skills and understanding in:
*Leading and managing change in public services.
*Working across boundaries (public, private and non-governmental).
*Influencing policy decisions in order to shape service delivery for the future.
*Innovation and enterprise in the context of constrained resources and pressures for standardisation.
The roles of current students and alumni include:
*Assistant Chief Executive, Borough Council
*Strategic Development Officer, City Council
*Team Manager, Children's Services Team
*Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, UN
*Partnerships and Projects Advisor
*Service Delivery Manager, government department
*Corporate Officer for Performance and Improvement
*Volunteer Coordinator for a national charity
*Consultant, EU energy-related projects
*Audit Manager and Financial Analyst, Correctional Service
* Programme Specialist, UNICEF
* Finance Manager, NHS Trust
Themes and content
The programme addresses four broad themes:
*The delivery, management and improvement of public services.
*The links between service delivery and the policy process, including the means by which policy decisions are made and the influence on this process of service delivery on the ground.
*Strategic capability, including strategic planning, the management of public finances, leadership and organisational learning.
*The wider context of public service delivery: the implications of global governance and information age government.
Learn more about the course content: http://www.york.ac.uk/spsw/postgraduate/mpa/#tab-4
Online learning - how does it work?
Our approach to online learning is distinctive and may be different from your general perceptions about this mode of study.
These are not self-study programmes which leave you on your own. You will be part of an active learning community with regular contacts and activities.
While the e-based approach means that our programmes are very flexible - you can study at any time or location - they also involve a structured approach to learning. You will be asked to take part in some activities each week.
As well as interacting with fellow students you will also have regular and structured contact with a dedicated and friendly academic and administrative team at York.
Read more about our distinctive approach: http://www.york.ac.uk/spsw/postgraduate/mpa/#tab-6
In the latest national research evaluation exercise (REF 2014) our overall research performance was ranked third in the UK, with 54% of research activity rated as world leading. We were also ranked joint first in the UK for research impact.
The QS World University Rankings included a separate subject league table for Social Policy & Administration for the first time this year and our department was ranked 25th in the world.
The QS World University Rankings also ranked us 4th in the UK for social policy.
Talk to us
Our Virtual Open Days are the ideal way to find out more about postgraduate study at York. At the live event you can chat online with academic staff and current York postgraduate students as well as watch talks on finance and student life. Go to https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/open-days/virtual-open-day/
to find out more.
A good second class undergraduate degree. Applicants without undergraduate-level academic experience may also be considered. Professional experience in the public service field. IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any element. A personal (home) computer with an internet connection (minimum 0.5MBPS). Sufficient study time: at least 15 hours per week including the capacity to take part regularly in the online weekly discussions.