• University of Edinburgh Featured Masters Courses
  • Ulster University Featured Masters Courses
  • Regent’s University London Featured Masters Courses
  • Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Featured Masters Courses
  • FindA University Ltd Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Leeds Featured Masters Courses
  • Jacobs University Featured Masters Courses
  • Leeds Beckett University Featured Masters Courses
Middlesex University Featured Masters Courses
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Featured Masters Courses
University of Leeds Featured Masters Courses
University of Bedfordshire Featured Masters Courses
University of Leeds Featured Masters Courses

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!

Student Profiles

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships - 5 Awards

The University of York is hoping to be awarded Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSCUK) for students joining the online Masters in Public Policy and Management programme, or the MPA in International Development, commencing their studies in September 2017. The Commonwealth Scholarships are administered by CSCUK, working as the UK arm of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP). The awards themselves are funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). The CSFP are working towards partnerships between developed and developing countries aimed at combining academic excellence with the desire to make a real difference in some of the world’s poorest countries.Please note: due to the high demand for these scholarships candidates will only be considered if they have a strong academic record at undergraduate level and clear evidence of a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals, demonstrated through their Future Career Plans and Home Country Benefit statements on the application form.Please visit our website for up to date information about the scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Standard fee: £11,410 per year - Lower band £9,470 per year


1. have not previously had the opportunity to study at post-graduate level
2. are living and working in developing countries of the Commonwealth
3. are working in or with public organisations, including NGO’s, aid agencies and local/national government departments, and can demonstrate throughout their application that they are working towards the Sustainable Development Goals
4. can dedicate at least 15 hours each week to their studies with a number of study sessions being over 2 hours in length
5. meet the University Entry Requirements for the programme
6. Some countries have an English language requirement

Application Procedure

Full instructions for the Electronic Application System (EAS) are contained on the Scholarship Commission's website: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/distance-learning/info-candidates/please see further details on our website - link below

Further Information


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

Email Enquiry

Recipient: University of York

Insert previous message below for editing? 
You haven’t included a message. Providing a specific message means universities will take your enquiry more seriously and helps them provide the information you need.
Why not add a message here
* required field
Send a copy to me for my own records.
Email Sent

Share this page:

Cookie Policy    X