MPA Public Administration – International Development (MA) at University of York

University of York
Anywhere, UK
Masters (MPA)

1 year, 2 years
Part time, Full-time
Online, On-campus

Course description:

The MPA Public Administration – International Development taught at the University of York is offered as either a 1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time Masters degree course, however, only the 2-year part-time distance learning programme is eligible for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships. Students will investigate how policy is made, from development to deployment, and identify the challenges public organisations face in developing countries, and how to solve them. They will be taught by academics at the forefront of research across a number of political areas such as conflict, security and development, political economy, international politics, political theory and public policy.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

• Identify and understand the critical issues that drive policy-making by looking at how policies are managed, implemented, monitored and evaluated;
• Use intellectual reasoning and systematic empirical testing to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of concepts specific to public policy and apply different theoretical perspectives from international development;
• Explain and demonstrate the application of public policy and international development concepts, drawing on an understanding of strategic planning and on appropriate skills and tools;
• Construct and clearly present persuasive and critical written reflections (essays and policy reports) that effectively communicate sustained policy analysis;
• Undertake independent research on policy and international development related topics by: conceiving and operationalising research questions; building on specialist expertise in public policy; using relevant concepts and tools to gather and interpret policy data; and draw appropriate conclusions and policy recommendations; and
• Engage with shared learning across several disciplines and develop an understanding of the values of tolerance, sustainability and inclusivity.


Department of Politics at University of York

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree of 2:1 or international equivalent. Applicants with lower qualifications will be considered, particularly if they have high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate professional experience. See the Official Website (link found below) for equivalent international qualifications.

If English isn’t your first language, the following test results should be provided:

• IELTS – 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
• PTE Academic – 61, minimum 55 in each component
• C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 169 in each component
• TOEFL – 87, minimum 21 in each component
• Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements.

See the Official Website for more information on postgraduate English language requirements.


Official Programme Website:

Scholarships available:

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