University of the West of Scotland

Masters in Public Administration, MPA

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English
Our Masters in Public Administration course equips modern public managers and policy-makers with the skills needed to make a decisive contribution to contemporary governance and policy. This programme reflects the changing nature of the policy-maker or public manager’s role, with its emphasis on public policy and governance as well as the traditional business and strategy focus.


The Masters in Public Administration programme is offered at University of the West of Scotland. Delivered jointly between the School of Media, Culture & Society and the School of Business & Enterprise, our course combines a rigorous social science focus on:

  • Governance
  • Public administration
  • Public policy and politics
  • Public sector management and strategy

This award reflects the changing nature of the policy-maker or public manager’s role, with its emphasis on public policy and governance as well as the traditional business and strategy focus. As such the programme will equip students to make a decisive contribution in a range of relevant fields.

Programme Structure

Study topics include:

  • Managing Public Services
  • Research Methods
  • Comparative Governance and Public Administration
  • Strategic Planning and Performance
  • Global Crisis Management


  • Power, Politics and Civil Society
  • Policy Analysis & Practice

This is followed by a 60-credit Dissertation in which you will conduct a piece of sustained independent research.

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • More details: If you are applying from overseas for postgraduate taught courses, the latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date.
            • Programme intensity

              You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

              • Full-time duration 12 months
              • Average part-time duration 24 months
              • Part-time variant
              • Duration description

                1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus
            • More information Go to the programme website

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            Academic Requirements

            We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

            Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

            You will require a University degree in any discipline or an equivalent qualification. Mature applicants with relevant professional experience may be considered at the discretion of the Course Leader.

            Tuition Fee

            • International Applies to you

              10600 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 10600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
            • EU/EEA Applies to you

              5500 GBP/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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            Living costs for Paisley

            • 700 - 1400 GBP/month
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