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Executive Master in Public Administration MPA


The Executive Masters in Public Administration (XMPA) reflects changes in the public sector and not for profit environment. It explores developments in service provision, at a strategic level as well as critical analysis of Government policy. It supports the Government's commitment to provide lifelong learning and the skilling, training and development of public managers to achieve this. To this end it engages in changing styles of public management theory and practice as well as in the evolution public administration and the requirements of managers to develop the skills and knowledge to manage cross sectorally and inter-sectorally.

The XMPA will develop your academic and vocational skills, equipping you for the next stage of your career in the public or nfp sector and as a manager able respond to an ever-changing and challenging environment. You'll gain relevant current knowledge, skills and understanding to enable you to work effectively given the changes in the public sector environment and in public policy.

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8 reasons to study here

Dual award: academic qualification from LSBU and professional award from the CMI
Award winning: LSBU Business School won the government skills framework and prospect awards for teaching
Summer School:  week-long International Summer School in conjunction with six other leading European universities offering comparable XMPAs where you’ll be exposed to leading academics and practitioners and network with public managers from across the continent
Great reputation: We have a great reputation for this course, and the success of our alumni demonstrates this
Personal growth: develop transferable skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, innovation, creativity, resilience, dealing with ambiguity, persuasive advocacy, problem solving and critical thinking
Career enhancing: Our graduates typically go on to more senior roles in their organisation or take up positions delivering public services
Flexible delivery modes: Designed to suit busy senior professionals - flexible delivery on a Thursday afternoon and evening

Who is this course for?

  • Aimed at middle and senior managers
  • Looking to develop and take the next step in their career
  • looking for flexible study options with experienced and respected academic staff -
  • The teaching team on the Executive MPA was recently short-listed for the Prospects Postgraduate Awards in the category of 'best teaching team' by our students, and received a judges commendation, as a runner-up out of 150 teams.These awards celebrate excellence and development in postgraduate education. Our MPA programme has also been selected as an approved supplier by the Government Procurement Service as part of the skills framework.



Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
30 months
Start Date
Southwark Campus

Case studies


Year 1

  • Leadership, Public Management and Governance
    Creation of the public sector and the development of public management theory, principles and application of governance understanding leadership.
  • Public Policy and the Managerial Environment
    Development of public policy and its application within the context of a changing public sector environment and the effects of the political context.
  • Managing through Critical Research
    Research theory and the development of research skills and tools to undertake the dissertation. Understanding of how to develop a research proposal.

Year 2

  • Integrative Management and Change
    Looking at change management theory and the management of change in a challenging public sector environment.
  • Contemporary Issues for Public Managers
    Highlights current issues facing public managers and specifically designed to be able to take up and respond to specific developments whilst retaining a core component.

Plus two of the following optional modules:

  • Managing Within a Regulatory Framework
  • Equality and Diversity in the Workforce
  • Policy Making in Action
  • Strategic Management in the Public and Not for Profit Sectors
  • Public Sector Entrepreneurship
  • The Practice of Management Consulting in the Public Sector
  • Social Enterprise
  • Law and Ethics for Health Care Managers
  • Leadership in Health Services
  • International Policy and Governance
  • Current Quality Issues in Health Service Management
  • Commissioning and Procurement in Health and Social Services
  • International Management and Change in Public Services
  • Ethical Leadership in International Public Services

Year 3

  • Dissertation
    Research question of the student's choice and opportunity to develop this linked to public management and administration or policy.

Assessment is by course work, assignments, presentations and case studies. There re no formal examinations on this course and this is a deliberate decision.

Diploma in Management Studies

If you hold a Diploma in Management Studies you'll be accredited with 60 course credits and study the following modules:

  • Leadership, public management and governance
  • Public policy and the managerial environment
  • Managing through critical research
  • Dissertation

You'll also be required to attend the residential weekend and the International Summer School.


Types of careers 

The course is aimed at senior managers (and in this respect differs from the Master of Public Administration which is aimed at overseas students and those wanting to enter a career in public and social sectors). This course enables further career enhancement and development to  more strategic levels, providing career sustainability and employability.

Former students have gone onto roles as:

  • Director of Health and Social Care
  • Strategic Director of Children and Adult Services
  • Assistant Director of Education and Training.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page



Sara Abdaless

School/Division: Business / Accounting, Finance and Economics
Job title: Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Sara specialises in management accounting and governance, with a special interest in public sector and not-for-profit organisations. Sara teaches modules on both undergraduate level and Postgraduate level and has published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings, journal and book chapters.

Piers Myers

School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
Job title: Visiting Research Fellow

Piers previously worked as an Independent Consultant and his interests include business psychology, leadership, integrity and HR strategy.

Chrissie Oldfield

School/Division: Business / Management, Marketing and People
Job title: Senior Lecturer and Course Director

Chrissie specialises in employment law and employment relations and equality and discrimination, as well as public administration. In 2014 the teaching team of the XMPA were runners up in the Prospect National Awards in the category of Best Postgraduate Teaching in the discipline of Business and Social Science and received a Highly Commended award.

Dr Louise Terry

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Reader in Law and Ethics

Dr Louise Terry is Reader in Law and Ethics, and specialises in teaching health and social care law and ethics. She has particular interest in withholding and withdrawing medical treatment, resource allocation, nursing wisdom, public administration and professional practice.


Teaching and learning

The course is taught using a variety of methods including individual discussions and tutorials, case study analysis, group and individual presentations, and individual logs. 

At induction you'll receive support and advice from the Study Skills section, the Employability Unit, the IT training section and the Information Skills Advisor.

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree or equivalent, 2.2 grade, or above, and a minimum of three years managerial experience,usually but not exclusively, in the public sector or a duly recognised post-graduate diploma and a minimum of three years managerial experience, usually but not exclusively, in the public sector.
  • Mature candidates who are not able to offer any of the above may be considered, but must have relevant professional experience and at least five years managerial experience in the public sector, and be able to demonstrate an ability to achieve the required standard.
  • Exceptionally candidates who do not have public sector managerial experience but have relevant managerial experience and relevant academic or professional qualifications may be considered.
  • All candidates must have competence in English at IELTS level 6.5.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
30 months
Start date
Application code
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £4833.33International fee: £4833.33
AOS/LSBU code: 4010Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £10366.67
International £10366.67

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Diploma in Management Studies holders

Students who complete their Diploma in Management Studies at LSBU and continue on to the Executive MPA the next academic year will receive a fee discount (fee with discount applied is £6825 for 2015 entry). 

Students who completed their Diploma in Management Studies in a previous academic year or at another institution will also receive a discount (fee with discount applied is £7000 for 2015 entry).

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding.
Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

Read more about key postgraduate scholarships below and find out more about scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor's scholarship. The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship programme offers a range of rewards from £1,000 bursaries to a full fee waiver.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. All final year LSBU undergraduates, achieving a 2:1 or higher, who process directly onto an LSBU postgraduate taught course receive a 25% discount off their fees. 

International Scholarships

As well as being potentially eligible for our postgraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of scholarships just for them. Find out more about International scholarships.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. There will be an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to a welcome meeting. At LSBU, you will confirm your qualifications by showing relevant certificates, and also bring proof of identity.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction on MyLSBU, our student portal.

Suggested reading

  • Bovaird, T & Loffler, E (2012), Public Management and Governance, Routledge, London
  • Hartley J & Bennington J (2012) Leadership for Health Care, Bristol University Press   
  • Osborne S (2011) From the New Public Management to Governance, Edward Elgar
  • Pollitt C & Boukert G (2011) Public Management Reform – New Public Management, Governance and the Neo Weberian State, Routledge
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