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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MPA Public Administration

Programme code:MPA-PAUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Li Sun Contact address:l.sun2@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

2:1 Hons in the Social Sciences, Business Studies or related discipline
English language requirements as directed by School Policy

Consideration will be given to candidates wih exceptional work experience and/or professional qualifications

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Sociology and Social Policy

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Sociology and Social Policy Examination Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

There are no QA benchmarks relevant to this programme. However new modules from SSP will be subject to the usual internal QA processes and those from COMMS form part of existing programmes that are well received by external examiners.

Programme specification:

The MPA Masters in Public Administration draws upon the internationally recognised research strengths of schools at the University of Leeds: the School of Sociology and Social Policy, and the Business School. The programme offers an inter-disciplinary degree suitable for talented individuals pursuing or seeking to pursue a career in senior public service or working in organisations closely aligned to the public sector. You will taught by experts from across the schools, developing key skills in policy analysis, economics, and management (accounting and HR) to enhance your understanding of global and local challenges. The course will address the challenges, opportunities, understandings and approaches to managing 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.

The interdisciplinary character of the programme will equip successful graduates with the key competencies and perspectives required to run a public or third sector organisations or deliver major projects in dynamic global and local economies, including:- the effective delivery of services & resource management; the enabling of positive social change – promoting equality, social cohesion, community engagement & resilience; the balancing of innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability and robust approaches to modelling, planning and evaluation. These competences will allow you to not only have an advanced understanding of social problems of major concern, but to work in organisations that are tackling them in both the local and global contexts.

The programme has a strong vocational element, including a major project in the module MPA Project Labs. This will be anchored in a work placement project undertaken with a partner organisation to enable you to apply the advanced skills and attributes developed across the programme to real life situations. MPA Project Labs will be supported by workshops on global challenges by academic leaders from across campus; research seminars with guest speakers and workshops from a range of professionals and officials with different roles in the public and third sector; workshops on research and impact; and problem focused group work. You will be exposed to a wide variety of the challenges issues and problems that individuals engaged in public administration face and supported to develop a project tailored to your own interests and career aspirations MPA Project Labs will ensure close working of the cohort as a group and individual specialisation; the development of an understanding of social challenges at the global and the local level, and the different approaches to tackling them, whilst fostering in-depth applied professional experience through a targeted work placement. As such graduates will be equipped with a depth and breadth of expertise and specialist skills valued by employers and commissioning bodies working in the public sector.


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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates are required to study the following compulsory modules:

SLSP5305MSocial Policy Analysis15 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
SLSP5309MPolicy and Programme Evaluation15 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
SLSP5345MPublic Administration: Policy, Planning and Development in a Globalised World30 credits1 Jan to 31 May
SLSP5352MMPA Project LABS60 credits1 Jan to 31 Oct

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

LUBS5202MRisk Perception and Communication15 credits1 Jan to 31 May
LUBS5221MEffective Decision Making15 credits1 Jan to 31 May, 1 May to 31 July, Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS5240MHuman Resource Management: An International Perspective15 creditsNot running in 202021
LUBS5399MUnderstanding and Managing Effective Groups and Teams15 creditsNot running in 202021
LUBS5982MFinancial Reporting and Analysis15 credits1 May to 31 July
SLSP5306MSocial Policy Debates15 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
SLSP5307MQuantitative Research Methods15 credits1 Jan to 31 May
SLSP5308MQualitative Research Methods15 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug

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