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Master of Public Administration

The MPA has been designed to improve the quality of public sector management as a profession.

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  • Who is the course suitable for?

    If your role includes policy development, management or governance, you will find that this degree will help you develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of these areas, and enhance your effectiveness in the work place.

    We expect course participants to be drawn from the public, voluntary and community sectors both locally and internationally. Administrators, managers and professionals from a wide variety of organisations are likely to find this course to be of immense benefit.


    Modules will be delivered on a block basis.

  • Entry Requirements

    Normally a UK second class honours degree, or better, in any discipline or the equivalent of this for international students. Additionally, applicants should normally have gained at least 3 years' relevant work experience in a supervisory or managerial position.

    English Language Requirements

    English language requirements for international applicants
    The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

    Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

  • Career Opportunities

    The MPA aims to give graduates the opportunity for career progression and to develop their skills in their chosen profession.

  • Application

    To apply, please use our online application process at

    For any questions you may have, please contact:

    Dr. Gordon Marnoch
    School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
    Phone: 028 9036 6378