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Public Administration - International Development (MPA)

Course Description

Why is this course for me?

*You want an international perspective on public administration and development governance
*You want to influence processes of public policy formation and implementation
*You want to develop your strategic capability to manage change and complexity
*You want to study part-time and online whilst maintaining your full-time employment

Professional Development

The aim of the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) International Development degree is to enhance your capacity to influence, contribute to or lead the international development agenda at local national or international levels. While the focus of the programme is on the delivery of services, this can only be fully understood and achieved when it is linked to the processes of policy development and decision-making.
The programme is distance-based and materials are available via a web-based virtual learning environment. Students are closely supported by on-line tutors and there is strong emphasis on highly interactive collaborative, small-group working, and shared learning.

Themes and content

The programme addresses four broad themes:
*The delivery, management and improvement of public services in the context of international development
*The social and political issues influencing the path of development
*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 of governance in developing states
Learn more about the course details: http://www.york.ac.uk/spsw/postgraduate/mpa-id/#tab-4

Programme objectives

As a result of studying the MPA International Development you will be able to:

* Locate their professional experience within a broader understanding of the social, political and historical context of international development as a field of theory, policy and practice.
* Analyse and influence policy processes that span multiple layers of governance, at transnational, national and sub-national levels, and involve networks of organisations from across the public, nongovernmental and private sectors.
* Lead and manage development projects and programmes in contexts characterised by complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity.
Continue to develop as a reflective practitioner and to foster learning and development among colleagues and wider communities of practice throughout their future careers.
* Assess the complex social, political, and economic factors shaping the development and diffusion of ICTs, and analyse their impact in their own organisational and personal context.

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-id/#tab-6

Our calibre

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.

Visit the Public Administration - International Development (MPA) page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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.

Course Fees

Standard fee 1st year: £5,700; Discounted fee: £4,735

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