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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
12 months
Start Date
Southwark Campus
30 months
Start Date
Southwark Campus



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.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.



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 is a specialist in leadership and change.

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 students

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
12 months
Start date
Application code
Application method
30 months
Start date
Application code
Application method

If your course has a January start option, you should apply through UCAS Postgraduate. Postgraduate students and research students applying for September entry should use our dedicated application system. 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.


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 Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £10733.33International fee: £10733.33
AOS/LSBU code: 4009Session code: 1FS00

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

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.


Select a story 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. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

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.

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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