module specification

GI7P06 - International Public Administration Project (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title International Public Administration Project
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 60
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 600
7 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
593 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Dissertation 100%   Dissertation (12,000-15,000 words)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

 The Project/Dissertation is a major part of the MPA course and for this reason it carries three times the weight of a normal module. It allows students to conduct an extended investigation into a topic of their choice within a chosen field of study that falls within public administration/management or public policy. 

This module, therefore, has the following objectives:

to test the student's ability to undertake a sustained investigation into a particular topic or issue within the field of international public administration;
to enable the student to formulate a project proposal justifying selection of methodologies;
to test the student’s ability to plan, organise and write a lengthy prose work;
to test the student’s ability to undertake a sustained investigation into a particular topic or issue within their chosen field of study.
to test the student’s ability to use empirical research in testing a theory in the field of public administration


 The module provides students with a 3 hours Dissertation workshop prior to them commencing their individual research and prior to supervision allocation. The workshop is designed to familiarise students with the nature of master degree dissertation work, with the requirements of a dissertation at this level of study, and with the relationship between supervisor and supervisee.

The workshop also clarifies the remit of the MPA dissertation, especially the international focus of the project. The project should fit with the following remit:
• A comparative study of practice - examining practice in Britain and another country selected by the student;
• A study of the role of supra-national institutions and their relationship with the practice of public administration in a selected country; 
• A study of public administration reform in a transitional country taking account of reform in Britain. All LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

It is up to the students, in consultation with their supervisor, to formulate the programme of study.  This needs to take account of student’s personal circumstances and the nature of the project that they intend to undertake
There will be a 3 hour dissertation workshop conducted by the Dissertation module convenor prior to the start of the module. The workshop will introduce the students to the dissertation process, and make formal arrangement regarding supervision and submission of project proposals.

Learning outcomes

 In fulfilling these objectives, the student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to conduct a substantive piece of research within their chosen field of study [LO1]
2. Select and justify chosen methodologies demonstrating systematic understanding of their merits [LO2]
3. Conduct a literature search and write up a critical literature review [LO3]
4. Demonstrate and apply appropriate skills in research analysis and effective communication of research evaluation [LO4]
5. Demonstrate systematic understanding of and ability to integrate theoretical and empirical approaches in answering a research question [LO5]


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