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MPA Public Administration

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Public Admin)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- to demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and mastery of techniques relevant to the study of organisations involved in public administration
- to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding and the ability to deploy critically concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of the academic study of public administration;
- to exhibit mastery in the exercise of skills related to HR, Accounting and Policy Analysis;
- to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of skills attributes necessary to occupy a senior role in a organisation concerned with public administration own research or advanced scholarship;
- to take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;
- proactively to formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;
- critically and creatively to evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship related to public administration.
- Show an enhanced understanding of personal and professional development gained through extended reflection on academic and work based learning opportunities
- a high level of transferable skills including communication (written and oral), self motivation, initiative, organisation and time management, objective setting, negotiating and team working.

Transferable (key) skills

Masters (taught), Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or area of professional practice;
- evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
- self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- critically to engage in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.


Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:
- evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline;
- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
- drawing on a range of perspectives on an area of study;
- evaluating and criticising received opinion;
- making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.
- critical reflection on personal and professional development.


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