The need to develop management and leadership skills is being recognised as increasingly important within the public sector and this has been reflected by the introduction of management competencies and a growing demand for formal qualifications for senior management positions.
The MPA is a qualification which is recognised around the world and is taken seriously not only by prospective employers but also by organisations who want to retain and progress skilled managers.
There are many reasons to study for the Exeter MPA including:
- Enhancing your opportunities for career progression
- Making you stand out in a competitive job market
- Obtaining a wider perspective of the environment in which you work
- Obtaining a personal sense of achievement
- Developing strategic decision making and leadership skills
- Improving your confidence and credibility in the workplace
- Gaining more knowledge about other people and other organisations
- Networking and sharing experiences with public sector colleagues.
We have a long history of teaching public administration and public policy to postgraduates at Exeter. Students have gone on to careers in regional governments, ministries, embassies and other organisations around the world.
Civil Servant, Brunei Darussalam
The MPA is closely related to my profession as a civil servant in my country of Brunei Darussalam. The MPA covers in depth what I need to learn and apply to my profession such as theories relating to modernising public services and policy reform.
What motivates me the most is the course content which offers dynamism in terms of module selection, compared to some universities that only offer a traditional or limited module choice. I also chose the MPA because of the relationship that the University has with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and civil service agencies. The expertise and background of the lecturers and tutors, who are very experienced and have published a wide selection of public administration and public policy books, also encouraged me to apply. As people say, to be the best you have to learn from the best.
The facilities offered by the University are overwhelming, especially the information technology such as e-learning and the online library, personal records and timetable which are just very convenient for students. And the forum website is very useful for an open discussion with course mates as well as lecturers and tutors.
Having a mixture of international course mates has also made it enjoyable, as we are able to learn about each other’s public administration as well as culture and countries. And most importantly the international relationships have built an atmosphere of unity.
The welcoming environment of the University has made studying here an enjoyable experience. Besides the University, the city of Exeter is a very beautiful and peaceful place to study and live. The people of Exeter are very friendly and always talking with a friendly smile.
Consultation and Planning Officer
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
Since leaving university I have worked in local government and always wanted to complete a Masters degree. The MPA seemed ideal as it linked my work experience with a Masters course and would allow me to build on the skills and knowledge I had already gained through work.
The MPA at Exeter offered a wide choice of topics and a flexible modular programme which looked like it would make fitting a degree in with a full-time job much easier. The most valuable aspect is that the topics are relevant to the job I’m currently doing. After completing each module I have returned to work with a fresh perspective on the work I do and a greater understanding of the sector I work in.
Due to the international nature of the MPA I have gained a wider perspective of the topics we have been studying, which has allowed me to appreciate the administration systems we already have in place in the UK and learn from other countries how these can be improved. The MPA has given me a wider perspective of public administration on a national and global level. It has helped me to identify some of the key themes that run through public administration and how they affect the organisation I work for and the work I do.
The online learning provides access to all the essential information I have needed for the course and has enabled me to keep up to date with what’s going on. The course has helped me to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress in the public sector.