The MPA is an international Masters’ programme, aimed at those who aspire to a career in public management in government, public agencies or non-governmental organizations working with government, whether at local, regional, national or international levels, worldwide. The Human Resources MPA pathway is designed for those who are interested in human resource management and development in the public, state or NGO sectors in developing, transitional or newly-industrialised countries. This is primarily a public sector management, not a business management, programme, although the themes covered are relevant to both sectors. The programme emphasises a diagnostic case study approach in in its core modules, with an emphasis on practical, theoretically-informed discussion and strategy development.
The pathway explores current and recent trends in public administration and human resources, focusing on relationship between hard and soft approaches to the analysis and practice of management, for example between human resources management and human resource development, between leadership and management and between vertical bureaucracy and decentralised collaboration. The pathway considers the interaction between organizational structure, culture, power and motivation in public administration and in international organisations.
Why study this course?
This is an MPA programme aimed at people already working within, or closely with, the public sector, or wanting to join the sector, particularly within developing or newly industrialised countries. The programme has:
- A strong international focus, using examples from many countries and being relevant to many countries, and with an international student body.
- Includes a study visit, to learn about public administration and strategy in a particular context, with meetings with a range of public sector and associated bodies. There are two locations to choose from each year – destinations in recent years include St Petersburg, Guangzhou, Vienna, Berlin.
- Does not require or assume prior knowledge or experience of public sector management or human resource management.
- There is a wide range of optional modules to choose from.
- The dissertation can be written on any relevant subject, with the final topic agreed between the student and their assigned supervisor.