• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

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

      2 years part time distance learning

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

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General 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.

Getting a Student Visa

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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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