Master On Campus

Public Administration

University of Southampton

12 months
21000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Gain the skills to analyse governance, policy-making and administration across different areas of government at the Public Administration MPA course offered by the University of Southampton. Explore public policy design and learn how organisations deal with major policy problems and the societal effects of policy choices. You’ll cover local, national and global perspectives.


Course Details

Understanding the role of public administration in implementing government policy can benefit both individuals and society, on a local to global scale.

At this Public Administration MPA course offered by the University of Southampton you’ll explore:

  • modern policy-making and administration 
  • public policy design and delivery 
  • public and non-profit organisations and their approach to major policy challenges 
  • the effects of policy choices on society

You’ll develop understanding of the:

  • core public administration theoretical and practice-related perspectives
  • main issues and events shaping public administration in national and regional settings
  • central philosophical and methodological debates related to the study and practice of public administration
  • ways in which goveranance systems differ
  • skills to design and complete a dissertation on a specialist topic in the field of public administration

You'll also receive training in research design and will carry out individual, original research as part of your dissertation.

Career Opportunities

  • On this Public Administration course you'll gain the skills and knowledge to pursue roles within the civil service and local government.
  • You'll be in the ideal position to consider a PhD in public administration or a related field. You’ll also be able to work as a manager or analyst in the public, charity and private sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Public Administration
  • Politics & International Relations
  • China and Global Politics
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Contemporary Policing
  • Contemporary Security Challenges
  • Diaspora Politics
  • International Social Policy
  • Policy Making in a world of Catastrophic Risks

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You’ll need a 2:1 degree in social sciences, economics, history or a related field.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £21,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 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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