24 months
10080 GBP/year
10080 GBP/year
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The online MPA Social and Public Policy (Online) from the University of York has been specifically designed for aspiring leaders working in the public or non-profit sector, or in private sector roles with a link to public policy or public management. 

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This Social and Public Policy (Online) programme from the University of York  equips you with the skills and knowledge to shape and influence policy and deepens your understanding of policy making and the interaction between policy making on the local, national and global level.

The skills you will develop as you study this programme will help enable you to take on roles with higher degrees of leadership responsibility and strategic impact, empowering you to shape policy and change people’s lives for the better.

Interactive learning in a supportive community

One of the defining features of this online course is the online learning experience, which is built on interaction and collaboration with tutors and fellow learners. In discussion groups, you will explore course materials with peers and dedicated tutors, and will have a unique opportunity to build your global professional network, making valuable connections with professionals from your sector based all over the world.

The entirely online teaching and delivery of this Masters degree ensures that there is no need to ever visit campus – this MPA can be studied and completed from anywhere in the world. The flexible design of the programme makes it the ideal choice for busy professionals as it can be studied at any time. This enables you to study around work and family life, with no need to put your ambitions on hold by taking a career break.

Advancing your career

This programme is for ambitious professionals working in the public, non-profit or private sectors who aim to further develop their knowledge and skills in the field of social and public policy. The knowledge and skills that you will acquire will enable you to take on roles with higher degrees of leadership responsibility and strategic impact, and so shape and influence policy for the public good.

York MPA graduates go on to a wide range of roles, including in government, international NGOs and charities, the NHS, leading consultancies and accountancy firms, universities, banks, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Programme Structure

What you will study

  • Studying this online Master of Public Administration – Social and Public Policy, you will assess and analyse how social policy making interacts with and is shaped by socio-economic structures and conflicting political processes. You will examine the ways in which global dynamics impact on and are filtered through national social policies. You will use evidence to improve social policy practice and develop a range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, and evaluating and commissioning research. You will also gain an understanding of the requirements for ethical leadership and effective change management.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students should normally have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and the professional experience outlined below.
  • If they don't have experience of undergraduate study or only of a lower standard, the application may be considered if they have a suitable professional background, as outlined below.
  • Students should have professional experience in the public policy/public service/public administration/international development field. This could be in roles in local or national government, or in non-governmental, intergovernmental or international organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services or which interact with policy making.
  • If you earned your undergraduate degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. 

Tuition Fee

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    10080 GBP/year
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  • National

    10080 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10080 GBP per year during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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