1 year full-time,
2 years part-time
This is a unique opportunity to study for a professional qualification designed to enrich your knowledge of international service delivery in government and non-profit organisations. By exploring the critical issues that drive policies in government and on the ground, you’ll understand how they support people’s everyday needs in countries around the world.
Grow and define your career with this internationally recognised course that provides you with the knowledge and critical thinking to make a tangible difference, wherever you plan to take your career.
Public Administration is a fascinating subject area. I'm interested mainly in how policies are designed and implemented, the impact they have on society and why some policies succeed or fail.Lisa, MPA Public Administration
The programme promotes shared learning across the public, private and non-profit sectors, within an international context. Five core modules will illuminate many of the key themes that drive the delivery and management of services, while a Policy Report provides the chance to refine your learning in an area that appeals to you.
The course helps you to approach key developments in public administration with a critical and creative mind to progress your practice to the next level.
You'll study five core modules:
Plus, one optional module from a range of subjects:
Our choice of modules let's you focus on and develop expertise, in an area that you feel most passionate about.
During the summer term and vacation you will consolidate your interests in a 10-12,000 word policy report on a topic of your choice.
Previous policy report titles include:
Our expertise spans the discipline – from early modern political thought to contemporary international security, from post-conflict development to global financial governance, from the politics of gender to the politics of the environment.
You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and one-to-one supervision. We offer a personal approach to learning with much of our teaching conducted in small groups.
You'll be taught by academics at the forefront of research across a number of political areas such as conflict, security and development, political economy, international politics, political theory and public policy. As international experts in their field, our staff advise governments and organisations globally and regularly contribute to news and current affairs programmes. Our expertise and experience feed directly into our teaching.
You submit six essays; three are submitted at the end of the Autumn term and three at the end of the Spring term (essays are usually around 4,000 words long).
Your final Policy Report of between 10,000 - 12,000 words is submitted at the beginning of September.
We offer the opportunity to present your Policy Report at our research seminar presentation workshops. These are not formally assessesed (not credit bearing), but they give you the chance to hone your presentation skills and to get verbal feedback from your tutors and peers.
We are ranked eighth in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, confirming York’s standing as a centre of world-leading and internationally excellent research, with major global and national impact.
From social and political research to journalism, marketing and HR, a masters in Public Administration leads to a broad range of career opportunities.
You might find yourself working for:
Recent graduates work for the police, in government relations and for leading international charities.Popular employers also include:
Eligible applicants have, or are soon to complete, a Bachelors degree at 2:1 or above. We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly when the student has high marks in relevant modules/ or appropriate professional experience. If you are applying with a lower qualification, you must include a written work sample with your application.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.
You can apply and send all your documentation electronically with our online system, which allows you to save progress and return later to finish.
If you earned your Bachelors degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out.
Applicants whose first language is not English may need to satisfy language requirements.
The Department of Politics has a higher minimum level than the University more generally because of the more difficult nature of the literature that Politics students must engage with. The departmental requirements are:
IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component)
The University accepts other evidence of English language attainment; please see the Postgraduate Admissions web pages.