12 months
20500 GBP/year
20500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Public Administration programme at The University of Exeter takes an international perspective to equip you with the skills and understanding you need to operate effectively in an increasingly global and constantly changing environment

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  • You will benefit from the latest ideas on public policy, administration and regulation while learning alongside practitioners working in a variety of roles and organisations from the UK and overseas
  • The involvement of leading practitioners from the public sector, together with real world case studies, ensures learning is relevant and informed by best practice
  • Our comprehensive programme induction helps you adjust to postgraduate study and enables you to get to know the academic team and your fellow students in a relaxed and informal environment
  • Gain a qualification which is recognised around the world and is taken seriously not only by prospective employers but also by organisations who want to retain and progress skilled managers


We have a long history of teaching public administration and public policy to postgraduates at Exeter. Students have gone on to careers in regional governments, ministries, embassies and other organisations around the world.

The need to develop management and leadership skills is being recognised as increasingly important within the public sector and this has been reflected by the introduction of management competencies and a growing demand for formal qualifications for senior management positions.

There are many reasons to study for the Public Administration programme at The University of Exeter including: 

  • Enhancing your opportunities for career progression
  • Obtaining a wider perspective of the environment in which you work
  • Developing strategic decision making and leadership skills
  • Improving your confidence and credibility in the workplace
  • Gaining more knowledge about other people and other organisations
  • Networking and sharing experiences with public sector colleagues 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Management and Governance: Comparing Public Administration around the World
  • Policy and Politics: the theory and Strategy of Delivering Public Services
  • The Politics, Policy and Practice of Sustainable Development
  • Public Sector Finance for Managers
  • Behavioural Public Policy and Administration
  • Leadership, Equality and Diversity

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Whilst we don’t have a formal deadline for application, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We close to applications wishing to join us for study in 2022/2023 on Friday 16 September. We advise international applicants to submit a complete application by mid-July.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We are looking for students with a good Honours Degree (2:1 or above) in a social science subject (including Business and Management) ideally with experience of working in government or in public policy more broadly. If you have not worked in public policy or administration you should use your personal statement to demonstrate your commitment to a career in public service and we will consider your application.
  • If you have a high 2.2 and do have experience of working in government or the public sector we would also welcome an application from you.
  • Please note, if we receive an application which we deem more suitable for one of our other programmes, such as the MSc Public Policy, we may make an offer for that alternative programme instead.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    20500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20500 GBP per year during 12 months.

UK fees per year:

  • £20,500 full-time; pro-rata credit-based part-time
International fees per year:
  • £20,500 full-time; pro-rata credit-based part-time

Living costs for Exeter

649 - 1087 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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