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On this MPA Public Administration degree course at University of Portsmouth, 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.

You can study this course on campus or via distance learning. If you choose to study via distance learning, you can fit your studies around your existing commitments.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Strategic Public Management and Leading Effective Change
  • Dissertation or Major Project
  • Comparative Public Policy and Public Administration or Public Management
  • Contemporary Security in International Relations: Providers and Challenges
  • From Security to Risk: European International Relations in the 21st Century
  • Nation and Identity
  • Negotiation and Lobbying in the EU: A Simulation Game
  • Practice-Based Knowledge in British Public Administration
  • Work Related Learning or Independent Learning

                      Detailed Programme Facts

                      • 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
                        • Duration description
                          2 years part time distance learning
                      • Languages
                        • English
                      • Delivery mode
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                      English Language Requirements

                      You need the following IELTS score:

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                      Academic Requirements

                      • 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. 
                      • Applicants may be subject to interview.

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                      This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

                      Tuition Fee

                      • International

                        4625 GBP/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 4625 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                      • EU/EEA

                        4625 GBP/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 4625 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                      Distance learning part-time: £2,310 per year


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