Although the Exeter MPA is a new degree, 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.
Two former students describe their experiences of studying at Exeter.
The MPA is a programme about how to do your job in the public sector in the best way and it is crucial for people who want to work in that sector. Studying the MPA helps me to understand the role of public officials, and the process of creating and delivering public goods and services. It gives an understanding of the reforms carried out in different countries to achieve results sought by respective governments.
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. 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.
MPA student is helping to shape the future of South Sudan.
Deng-Gach Pal, a South Sudanese civil servant and mature student on the MPA is laying foundations for democracy and how public services are delivered in South Sudan.
Deng came to the UK in 2010, sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Chevening Scholarship Programme. Andrew Massey Professor of Politics and programme leader of the MPA said: “Deng is an inspirational member of the MPA, he is knowledgeable and dedicated to serving his people.”