Public Administration, MPA

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The programme will equip you with the necessary skills to take up a senior position in public administration. This Public Administration programme is offered by University of Leeds.


This interdisciplinary programme unites the expertise of three schools - the School of Sociology and Social Policy, the Business School and the School of Politics and International Studies, allowing you to study a broad range of modules which will enhance your knowledge of public administration and policy analysis in varying contexts of global and local challenges.

You will acquire a mastery of the diverse range of problems that public administration professionals face in the contemporary socio-economic climate and an in-depth understanding of the contested nature of debates in social and public policy.

This Public Administration programme is offered by University of Leeds.

Throughout the course you will be introduced to and debate the challenges, opportunities, understandings and approaches to managing such issues as ageing populations, social inclusion, migration, unemployment, health, inequality, sustainability and resilience, drawing on the insights and experiences of public and third sector leaders from across the globe.

A key part of the programme is its vocational element which enables you to apply your acquired knowledge to real life situations through project work linked to partner organisations. Throughout the course you will be exposed to a wide variety of the challenges, issues and problems that individuals engaged in public administration face and you will be supported to develop a portfolio of project work tailored to your own interests and career aspirations.

  • Enhance your knowledge of economics, management and policy analysis.
  • Benefit from the expertise of three schools: Sociology and Social Policy, Politics and International Studies and Leeds University Business School.
  • Consider challenges faced on a global level to broaden your expertise.
  • Develop or strengthen the skills required for senior positions in public services across sectors.
  • Complete a portfolio of project work where you can apply the advanced skills and attributes developed across the programme.
Career opportunities

The MPA is recognised as the key professional qualification for those who wish to pursue or further a career in senior public service. The global perspectives and opportunities to apply your knowledge during this course will equip you with the critical thinking and professional skills needed for a successful and impactful career.

Graduates of this programme are likely to work in government departments, the third sector, and multi-national NGOs. Additionally graduates may progress into private sector and consulting firms that work closely with these areas.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Public Administration in a Globalised World  
  • Policy, Planning and Development  
  • Comparative Public Policy  
  • Social Policy Analysis 
  • Quantitative Research Methods  
  • Policy and Programme Evaluation  
  • MPA Project LABS  

Optional modules

  • Effective Decision Making 
  • Human Resource Management: An International Perspective  
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a social science, business or related discipline plus two years of work experience in a relevant area.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    19000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    19000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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