MA in Public Administration - Advance Entry (level 7) in London 2024

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Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration (QCF) – 6 - 8 Months
MA in Public Administration (TopUp) -                   3- 6 Months

Credits: 180 Credits

The MA in Public Administration is suitable for learners to gain skills in public service administration to effectively formulate public policies, with the increasing pace of change, combined with pressures to deliver more with less, navigate a complex policy context and enhance performance while sustaining public service values. 
You will study three aspects of public administration: 
  • The policy process, within which public services are developed.
  • The organisational and human context through which public services are delivered.
  • The wider social, economic and political environment that shapes public service demands and constraints.

You will learn how to analyse complex public management problems, lead change effectively, and develop your ability to manage through networks and partnerships. You will be able to shape and deliver the public services of the future and move into more strategic roles in a wide range of organisations.

The MA in Public Administration consists of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 600 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification and a research dissertation administered by the University of Chichester. 

Modules (120 Credits):
  1. Managing and Leading in the Public Sector
  2. Public Service Reform and Innovation
  3. Policy and Politics – Theory and Analysis
  4. Managing Public Finance
  5. Managing Public Sector Projects
  6. Advanced Research Methods
Dissertation (60 Credits):

This module provides the most critical information about the study course and assignment submission.

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  • Course Structure and Guidelines

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  • Interacting with Lectures/Learning Components

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  • VIDEO - How to Avoid Plagiarism in Your Writing

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  • Harvard Referencing Style Guide

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  • How to Summarise - Assignment Guide

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  • Summarising, Paraphrasing, Quotation for your Assignment

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  • Official Title Pages

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The aim of this unit is to equip learners with key concepts, issues and challenges that a public sector Organisation might face in the 21st Century. Exploring how managers develop their management and leadership skills to manage stakeholders, organisational change and complex decision making. Learners will develop skills and knowledge to enhance their leadership competencies, analyse leadership theories and enhance their decision-making abilities to enable them to work more effectively in the public sector organisation.

  • Key Issues And Challenges For Public Service Organizations

    This lecture defines public service organizations

  • Public Leadership And Management

    This lecture elaborates on definng leadership in public sector organizations

  • Examining The Role Of Leadership In Public Sector Organization

    The lecture defines the role of leadership in public sector organizations

This unit will support learners develop their innovative managing and leadership skills to develop innovation for public service reform. Learners will develop skills and critically analyse strategies to manage change, innovation, issues and challenges for the public sector reform.

  • Understanding Public Sector Reforms

    This lecture defines the public sector

  • The Role of Innovation in Public Sector Reform

    This lecture defines the role of public sector innovation

  • Understanding the Concept of E-government and innovation in Public Sector

    This lecture elaborates on the concept of ICT  and E-government

  • Change in Public Administration

    This lecture explores the concept of change management

  • Global Public Sector Reform

    This lecture elaborates on global public sector reform

This unit will support learners to evaluate key theories and examine the local, national and global impact of public policies on society including addressing political issues. You will learn how to make decisions, analyse political debates, identify issues and manage arguments, structure, and agency within an ethical code of conduct as a public administrator.

  • Theories And Historical Perspective Of Public Policy

    This lecture defines public policy, its concept and evolution

  • Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation

    This lecture explores public policy analysis

The aim of this unit is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills of how public finance management rules, laws and regulations help leaders to evaluate and assess expenditure, income and budget for public sector organisations. Learners will be able to gain an understanding of different theories, conduct comparative analysis across different economics around the world, understand governance issues and evaluate key financial concepts to develop their conceptual framework to work effectively in managing public finance.

  • Introduction to Public Finance Management

    This lecture defines the concept of public finance

  • Good Governance And Fiscal Sustainability In Public Finance

    This lecture defines the concept of fiscal sustainability

  • Public Finance - Working Capital Management

    This lecture explores the concept of working capital mangement

  • Public Financial Management For Economic Development

    This lecture defines the concept of public financial management

  • Public Financial Funding And Reporting

    This lecture explores the concept of public financial options and its various methods

Public sector projects have a great impact on society and the economy. It is a challenging part of the public administrators and managers jobs to administer, manage and lead high-value projects and optimise project outcomes. In this unit, learners will learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of the project to create public value. Learners will explore how to conduct feasibility studies of the project; plan, initiate, control, monitor and review by acquiring both practical and theoretical skills to manage a successful public project.

  • Principles and concepts in Project Management

    This lecture defines the concept of project management and its principles

  • Roles and responsibilities of a Project Manager

    This lecture elaborates on the project manager and their roles

  • Key project Leadership and Team Management Concepts

    This lecture explains the concept of project leadership and project management

  • Project Feasibility and Risk Management

    This lecture defines the meaning and types of feasibility analysis

  • Project financing options

    This lecture explores the different sources of finance options

  • Project Cost Estimation

    This lecture explains the meaning and features of cost control

  • Project Management Methodologies

    This lecture elaborates on the meaning and benefits of project management methodologies

  • Planning and Scheduling Effective Projects - Part 1

    This lecture explores Work Breakdown Structure

  • Planning and Scheduling Effective Projects - Part 2

    This lecture explores project execution strategies

  • Planning and Scheduling Effective Projects - Part 3

    This lecture defines the concept of project scheduling

  • Planning and Scheduling Effective Projects - Part 4

    This lecture focuses on project management report, importance and best practices

  • Project Communication Plan

    This lecture explores project management plan

  • Monitoring and Controlling Mechanism in Project Management

    This lecture defines the concept of project monitoring and controlling

  • Project Documentation and Quality Control Mechanism

    This lecture elaborates on the concept, stages and benefits of contract management in project management

  • Conflict and Crisis Management in Projects

    This lectures explains the concept of conflict and crisis management in projects

  • Closing and Reviewing Projects

    This lecture guides the learner through the concept of project closure

The unit aims to equip learners with the practical, technical, and methodological skills required to conduct independent research for their research project in the domain of public administration and management broadly defined. It recognises that conducting research requires the development of specific and generic research skills, including understanding the research design process, understanding different techniques for conducting research in business and management studies, and appreciating the ethical and social implications of undertaking high-value research. This unit will enable learners to develop a critical awareness of key research skills as researchers and/or independent practitioners.

  • Research Philosophy And Principles

    This lecture introduces research philosophy and principles

  • VIDEO - Overview of the Research Onion

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  • Choosing A Research Topic

    This lecture guides the learner in understanding how to choose a research topic

  • Research Strategy And Design

    This lecture defines research strategy and design

  • Research Proposals

    This lecture defines research proposals

  • Searching And Reviewing The Literature

    This lecture explains searching and reviewing the literature

  • VIDEO - How to write a Literature Review

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  • Critique And Argument In Research

    This lecture defines critique and argument in research

  • Developing A Conceptual Framework

    This lecture elaborates on developing a conceptual framework

  • PDF - How to create a Conceptual Framework

    Downloadable material to advance your understanding of this module.

  • Research Ethics

    This lecture defines research ethics

  • Research Methods I

    This lecture explores research methodology

  • PDF - How Observation is Used As a Research Method

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  • Research Methods II

    This lecture introduces the learner to research methods

  • Data Analysis

    This lecture explores the concept of data analysis

  • Writing Up

    This lecture guides the learner on the concept of writing a research

  • QUIZ - Advanced Business Research Methods

    Put your knowledge to the test with this quiz. Read each question carefully and choose the response that you feel is correct.

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University Top-up

On completion of this course, students have the opportunity to complete a Master degree programme from a range of UK universities. The top-up programme can be studied online or on campus. The top-up comprises the final 60 credits which consist of either a dissertation or a dissertation and one module.

(The course tuition fee listed above includes the top-up fee)

University Progression

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For entry onto the Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration leading to the MA in Public Administration qualification, learners must possess:

  • An honours degree in related subject or UK level 6 diploma or equivalent overseas qualification i.e. Bachelors Degree or Higher National Diploma


  • Mature learners (over 25) with at least 5 years of management experience if they do not possess the above qualification (this is reviewed on a case by case basis)

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