By investigating how policy is made, from development to deployment, and identifying the challenges that lie in public organisations throughout developing countries, you'll be able to provide solutions that make a difference.
From leadership and strategy to performance and human resources, this course will help you build a set of highly sought-after skills that will prepare you for managerial roles in the developing world. Our graduates have gone on to work for development charities, parliament and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as many other international organisations, both public and private.
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.
The Department of Politics placed 8th overall in the UK in Times Higher Education's ranking of the the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
Our staff advise governments and organisations globally and regularly contribute to news and current affairs programmes.
You'll take a total of 180 credits, made up of five core modules, one option module and culminating in an independent policy report. Option modules cover a wide range of topics, from the politics of the poor and governance and public management to governing for the environment, allowing you to explore your personal interests to a much greater depth.
Two core modules, Managing Public Finances and Strategic Planning, will be delivered by York Management School, giving you a fresh perspective on the topics and a more interdisciplinary outlook on international development.
Taught modules will run throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms, with the policy report being completed during the Summer Term and vacation.
You'll study five core modules:
You'll also choose one option module (20 credits) to develop your particular research interests. Recent modules have included:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
During the summer term and vacation you'll explore a topic of your choice to a much deeper level, through the production of a 10,000-12,000 word policy report (60 credits).
You'll have regular meetings with your assigned policy report advisor, who will help guide you through the process and support you in the exploration of your chosen topic. You'll also have the opportunity to present your policy report at our research seminar presentation workshops.
Previous policy report titles include:
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
I really feel that after doing the MPA-ID I have the foundation and the confidence to be a positive influence in the field.Rebecca, MPA (International Development)
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You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and one-to-one supervision. We take a personal approach to learning, with much of our teaching conducted in small groups. Typically you can expect 7.5 hours of contact time per week in the Autumn and Spring Terms.
The Department of Politics is located in Derwent College, on Campus West. Most teaching takes place in Derwent College seminar rooms and at other locations across Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You'll submit six essays of around 4,000 words: three at the beginning of Spring Term and three at the beginning of Summer Term. Your final policy report will be submitted at the beginning of September.
The skills you'll acquire through the study of public administration and international development will leave you well prepared for further study or work in a wide range of sectors, from social and political research to journalism, marketing and HR.
Recent graduates have gone on to work for a large variety of organisations:
Applicants should have, or be expected to obtain, a 2:1 BA degree or international equivalent. We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly when the student has high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate professional experience. If you are applying with a lower qualification, you must include a written work sample with your application.
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability:
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