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Masters in Public Administration (MPA)

Why choose the University of Brighton MPA?

  • The Brighton MPA offers students an opportunity to develop their understanding of public administration and management through sharing knowledge and experience of their own social and political environments. A carefully formulated academic framework facilitates a learning experience where students share experiences and perspectives on politics, human rights, democracy and public services.
  • On the Brighton MPA we encourage diversity and a spectrum of experience so that irrespective of what country students are from and regardless of whether they have professional experience or not, students can collaborate and share their knowledge. UK students benefit from seeing issues of politics and social difference from new perspectives and international students benefit from hearing examples of UK public and voluntary sector experience.
  • Our curriculum is developed directly from the internationally recognised research of our teaching team. Professor Phil Haynes' book published in 2003 Managing Complexity in the Public Services remains a core text for the course and his forthcoming book on the global financial crisis will be a key text when it is published next year. Professor Marian Barnes two latest books Critical Perspectives on User Involvement and Subversive Citizens: Power, Agency and Resistance in the Public Services are both central to teaching on our Participation and Democracy module. The current course leader Dr Mary Darking has published research on information technology and governance in two internationally recognised journals and her research experience in technology is a distinctive component of the MPA that is frequently reflected in student's dissertation research.
  • What our students value about the MPA is the opportunity they have to study conventional public management topics such as strategy and planning alongside political studies where they critically examine the meaning of participation and democracy. Students are taught how to 'think about' rather than how to 'do' public management. They leave the course fully informed of current public management practice, but more importantly, they will leave with the ability to evaluate which of these practices it is appropriate to use in the specific contexts that they are interested in.
  • The Brighton MPA has strong links to local and national civil society and non-government organisations through its active engagement in the Community University Partnership Programme which has allowed us to enrich the experience of our students. CUPP was founded in 2003 with the aim of tackling disadvantage and promoting sustainable development through partnership working. They aim to support the university's contribution to social inclusion, economic growth and quality of life, and to learn from our partnerships in order to improve the quality of education we provide to our learners. CUPP aims to act as a 'gateway' between the University of Brighton and local community and voluntary organisations and is a valuable resource that students are able to draw on during their studies. Last year CUPP was recognised nationally, winning the Times Higher Education Award for 'Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community' in 2008.
  • We attract a strong mix of domestic and international students. So far in our short history we have had students from the Sudan, Russia, Kenya, India, Tanzania, Greece, USA, Japan, Germany, Uganda and Ghana as well as a strong cohort from the UK. This creates a unique learning environment where students engage with global issues as an everyday part of their classroom experience.
  • We are close to London and yet based in the countryside surrounding the attractive, vibrant and cosmopolitan seaside city of Brighton and Hove. This is only one of the reasons that our students say they choose to study with us.