The Liverpool MPA is a well-established and highly regarded programme of postgraduate academic study. We are now in our twentieth year of running the MPA programme, making it the oldest MPA in any UK University. The MPA is designed to prepare students for employment in the wide and diverse public sector of the twenty-first century. It blends a traditional Masters-level qualification with the practical skills needed for the distinctive public sector environment. It reflects the increasing congruence of public and private sector administrative issues and techniques and is designed to appeal to both recent graduates with no or limited experience of employment in public sector organisations and to middle or senior managers who wish to add further academic skills and qualifications to their existing vocational and practical expertise.

The MPA brings together a relatively small group of students from a range of nationalities and with different experiences, together with tutors with past experience of working in the public sector as well as with academic expertise. Drawing on this variety, we endeavour to present a course that is varied in its content and style, academically challenging and enjoyable. We place great emphasis on working closely with our students and encourage students to learn from each other. Many of our MPA graduates now work in senior public sector positions in countries across the world.

The MPA Liverpool is part of the European Master of Public Administration (EMPA) consortium, comprising other universities such as: University of Tartu (Estonia), University of Vaasa (Finland), Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (France), Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) etc.

The MPA Programme

The MPA is organised as a one-year, full-time or a two year, part-time Masters qualification. It provides the right degree of specialism and differentiation required for work in the public sector, building on and utilising the existing business and management specialism of the Management School. The MPA examines the inter-relationship between public, private and voluntary sectors and focuses, in particular, on the new context of the European Union and its interface with the other tiers of governance and administration.

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