MPA Public Administration (Distance Learning) MPA
MPA Public Administration (Distance Learning)
If you're already working in public administration, a Master's degree can give you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to advance your career, take on ambitious roles, and become an expert in your field.
On this MPA Public Administration degree course, you'll cover public policy, service and administration from an inter-cultural, inter-professional and inter-organisational perspective. You'll unpack specialist subjects, such as the legal system and corporate governance, and learn transferable skills that will be valuable in your career.
We'll provide the expertise and support so you can take your skills and knowledge straight into your job – so that once you graduate, you'll be able to explore new options, or seek promotion opportunities.
Qualifications or experience
- A good honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. Preferably, applicants will have experience of working in a managerial role in a public sector organisation.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
- Applicants may be subject to interview.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Look at how and why public policies are produced and implemented
- Get specialist subject knowledge in fields relevant to your career choices, like citizenship issues, the legal system and corporate governance
- Compare policy processes and outputs within specific fields, including health, education, welfare, economic development, defence, policing and European integration
- Understand public policies, management systems and administrative systems from an international perspective
- Learn how to assess the effectiveness of public organisations
- Complete a personal project on a topic of your choice
- Make the most of our facilities, including a study centre and library, with 24/7 access to publications, including ejournals and newspapers
- Be supported by professional, enthusiastic staff and benefit from our flexible approach to learning, with web, email and phone access to many of our facilities and services
Careers and opportunities
The course delivers lifelong transferable skills that you'll be able to apply to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, throughout your career. When you graduate, you'll be able to work with self-direction and originality, and contribute to public administration in local, regional or central government, or in an organisation working in partnership with the Government.
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
What you'll study on this MPA Public Administration degree course
To graduate from the MPA, you need to successfully pass modules worth a total of 180 credits.
- Comparative Public Policy and Administration (30 credits)
- Public Management (30 credits)
- Strategic Public Management and Leading Effective Change (30 credits)
- Outcomes Based Leadership in the Public Sector (30 credits)
- Dissertation or major project (60 credits)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – early October to January
- Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
- Teaching block 2 – February to May
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- work-related assignments
- online presentations
- dissertation or report
Tuition fees (2021 start)
All fees subject to annual increase.
UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man/EU/International students
- Distance learning full-time: £4,900
- Distance learning part-time: £2,450 per year
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
If you take the optional campus based option, you'll need to cover the cost of travel to and from Portsmouth, as well as accommodation and living costs. These can range from £50 to £1000, depending on travel distance.
Starting in September 2021
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.