Public Administration, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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MA Public Administration offers you: The unique experience of studying in both the UK and China;an advanced understanding of key theories and contemporary practices in international politics and policy making;a practical insight into the public administration of China.


This highly distinctive Masters programme allows you the unique opportunity to study advanced international politics and public administration at the University of Leeds and the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL). The programme will enable you to explore international perspectives on political systems, public administration and policy making - ideal for those who wish to make a major impact and contribution to global society.

Specifically created with UK and Chinese students in mind -- although the course will appeal, and is open, to all nationalities -- this two year, two-stage, collaborative programme allows you the rare opportunity to gain international experience as part of your postgraduate studies.

In the UK, you will benefit from our research-informed curriculum and engage with the latest critical thinking in the fields of politics, international relations and global development. You will undertake a comparative study of key theories, methods and contemporary practices in international politics and develop analytical as well as practical skills in a complex, blended-learning environment.

In Shanghai, you will be enrolled in a number of both theoretical and practical modules that will give you a comprehensive understanding of Chinese politics and public management. A key feature of this year is the ‘Social Practice and Discussion’ module. This module allows you to carry out fieldwork in Shanghai, including visits to municipal government buildings, prisons, free trade zones, business centres and schools.

On completion of this programme, you will receive two degree qualifications - one from the University of Leeds and one from ECUPL. The whole programme is taught in English.

Programme Structure

Year 1 - Leeds

In your first year, you will study in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds.

Compulsory Modules

You will be required to complete the compulsory modules from one of the following degree programmes:

  • MA Global Development
  • MA International Relations
  • MA International Relations and Politics of the Middle East
  • MA Conflict, Development and Security
  • MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency
  • MA Politics
  • MA Politics (political theory)
Optional ModulesYou will study up to three optional modules from the following list.
  • Africa in the Contemporary World
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
  • Developments in British Politics
  • European Defence and Security Analysis
  • Global Inequalities and Development
  • Global Politics of Health: Power and Inequity
  • International Political Theory
  • Policing Post-Conflict Cities
  • Political Economy of Resources and Development
  • Political Theory in Action
  • The Rise of China
Year 2 - Shanghai

You will study in the School of Politics and Public Management at the East China University of Political Science and Law and will undertake eight compulsory modules, one of which will be taught by a visiting lecturer from the University of Leeds.

Compulsory modules

Constitution and Administrative Law will give you a basic understanding of constitutional law and administrative law in China, and lay a solid foundation for the other fields of study in law. By the end of the module, you should be able to question and discuss the relevance of comparative approaches for the real problems of China.

Contemporary Chinese Government and Politics focuses principally on issues of contemporary Chinese politics, while also introducing you to contemporary Chinese society. You will gain an advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the contemporary Chinese government and politics and the module will enable you to question and discuss the important issues and characteristics of Chinese politics. Throughout the module you will be asked to develop reasoned arguments and exercise critical judgement, manage their own learning and make use of constructive feedback.

Contemporary Social and Economic Issues and Administration in China has been designed solely for international students with the objective of examining the key social and economic issues in China's transitional period. You will study Chinese demographic development, labour market, labour conflict, and inequity. At the same time, you will gain an understanding of the contemporary Chinese government’s role and policies aimed at solving these issues. On completion you should be able to analyse the effects and disadvantages of government policies, and suggest some reasonable directions or solutions that adress these issues.

Political Science will recap the essential theories of contemporary political science and various approaches and methods for political science research. You will also develop your academic skills through literature reviews, presentations, discussions, research design and writing.
Public Management will deepen your appreciation of the importance of public management and enhance your ability to think analytically about the problems of public management. You will also construct convincing arguments related to the ways in which complex public management issues can be addressed.

Social Practice and Discussion is designed exclusively for international students, in order to gain experience in the facilities, communities, and government sectors of Shanghai, China. It will assist you in understanding real life issues in China and the unique culture and administrative style of Chinese government. In order to realize these objectives, the module covers a variety of practical activities, including visiting commercial and business centres, the free-trade zone, and the congress hall in Shanghai. On completion of this module you will possess a good understanding of the general social, economic and political context in Shanghai and China, and reflect upon the potential problems that China may face.

Optional modules

Chinese Language (Level 1 and Level 2) aims to introduce you to the basic characters and grammar of the Chinese language (including listening, speaking, reading, and writing) using a practical and interactive teaching method. You will examine: basic Chinese pronunciation; greetings and strokes of Chinese characters; classroom Chinese and the basic structure of Chinese characters; university campus language; off-campus language and everyday communication.

Chinese Culture (level 1 and Level 2) examines the conditions under which Chinese culture originated and developed, as well as the historical process of cultural development. You will learn to discern the evolution of traditional aspects of Chinese culture, including history, law, art, calligraphy, architecture, food and clothing, whilst also exploring the cultural diversity of China.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class in the UK) in a relevant Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification.
IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in all components

Student Visa

Students from United States of America need a visa in order to study in the United Kingdom.
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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 5310 International
  • GBP 5310 EU/EEA
  • At the University of Leeds, you will pay the standard, full-time taught postgraduate fees, depending on your fee status.
  • At ECUPL, UK, EU and international students will pay £5,310. Chinese students will pay the standard fee of 54,000 RMB.
  • You will also have to cover your personal maintenance costs in both the UK and China.


Please see the University of Leeds website and the School of Politics and International Studies website

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