Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM014M: MPA Applied Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits60 ECTS Value30
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 3 (7 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Alice Moseley (Convenor)


This module is available only to students on the MPA with Applied Studies Programme who must have completed 180 credits of MPA modules.



Available via distance learning


How can public administrators access and use evidence to inform policy and practice? How and to what extent can practitioners draw lessons from other countries to inform their own country’s administrative system? What methods are useful in public administration research and how can we critically appraise research for policy? In this module you will consider these questions, drawing on a mix of lectures, seminar discussion and critical personal reflection. You will also, under supervision, research a specific topic which is of benefit to your future career and, where applicable, your employer. A further complementary aim is to enable you to understand and critically evaluate British public administration through a programme of visits to local and regional institutions and a series of guest lectures by academics and practitioners. As part of the engagement with public institutions, short periods of work placement activity and/ or policy analysis activity will be arranged with public or non-profit bodies according to your professional interests.

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