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Course summary

Overview Are you ready to take the next step in your central, regional or local government career? This 2-year senior leader MPA Public Administration Master’s degree apprenticeship allows you to build your skills and get your MPA qualification while you work full time. The course is work-based, and you'll typically spend about 20% of your working week studying. You'll need to do some additional studying outside of work time, and distance learning students will still be invited to visit the University occasionally. The Government or your employer pay your tuition fees – so it doesn’t cost you anything. You’ll develop your strategic leadership and management capabilities and get the knowledge you need to take on ambitious new roles. You'll cover public policy, service and administration from inter-cultural, inter-professional and inter-organisational perspectives. You'll also study specialist areas relating to public administration, such as the legal system and corporate governance, and learn transferable skills that will be valuable throughout your career. You’ll have many opportunities to put what you learn into practice, as you’ll be completing the course alongside your job. When you finish the course, you'll have the confidence to take on more challenging leadership roles in the future and become more effective in your existing role. What you'll experience On this course, you'll:

  • Critically examine how public policies are made and implemented
  • Gain specialist knowledge in fields that match your career aspirations
  • Learn how to solve complex issues with a creative approach
  • Boost your ability to lead and manage strategically
  • Cover topics such as citizenship, the legal system and corporate governance
  • Compare policy processes and outputs in specific fields, including health, education, welfare, economic development, defence, policing and European integration
  • Examine public policies, management systems and administrative systems from an international perspective
  • Assess the effectiveness of public organisations
  • Complete a personal project on a topic of your choice
  • Get a learning manager from the University and a workplace mentor
  • Access our Library resources, including electronic resources which you can accessed from anywhere with a web connection
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including study support and the Students’ Union
  • Receive feedback from and take part in discussions with lecturers and other students (accessible via live web-based chat forums for distance learners)
Careers and opportunities You can put the skills you’ll learn on this course to use wherever your public administration career takes you. Previous Portsmouth Public Administration students have gone on to take up senior roles in local and central governments, and with United Nations and other non-governmental organisations. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

On this course, you'll study modules worth a total of 180 credits. You'll study 2 modules in year 1 and 4 modules in year 2. We’ll introduce you to different ways of delivering public services with maximum efficiency and effectiveness. You’ll develop an understanding of the impact of contextual forces on public organisations. Areas of study include: the legal system social and technological change corporate governance the role of public sector organisations in economic development and regeneration the marketisation of service delivery citizenship issues in public organisations the concepts, processes and institutions in the management of resources and operations financial management, accountability and reporting management and development of people within organisations human resource management and development change management We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through: briefing documents analytical reports research-based projects


How to apply

International applicants

International applicants not accepted.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. A strong profile of relevant professional experience and/or training and demonstration of academic ability to achieve at postgraduate level, will be considered. All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass - please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process. All applicants will need to attend an interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.
Cambridge English AdvancedAn overall CAE score of 58 or above with a minimum of Borderline in each skill.
Cambridge English ProficiencyAn overall CPE score of 45 or above with a minimum of Weak in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)91 with a minimum of 24 in Reading, 23 in Listening, 25 in Speaking and 24 in Writing.
PTE AcademicAn overall score of 61 with a minimum of 61 in each skill.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

**Postgraduate fees for 2023 entry will be available shortly.** For further fee information please see the corresponding University of Portsmouth course page or visit https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding
MPA Public Administration (Degree Apprenticeship) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS