Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Public Administration Online Masters

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught




CODE P1191

How long it takes:

2.5 years

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

The Online Masters of Public Administration runs six modules a year. Each module lasts approximately 8 weeks and is worth 10 credits. Students enrol onto these modules one at a time and in a linear structure to ensure they grasp the fundamentals of public administration in manageable sections.

In the second year, students continue with a further six compulsory modules, allowing them to focus on core principles and build specialist knowledge in wider geo-political theory.

Benefit from a syllabus based on the latest insights and issues related to global public services with a course which has been carefully designed for the 21st century public servant:


Year one core modules

 Public management and governance in a changing world
 Leadership in public services
 Strategic management
 Managing public money
 Delivering services and outcomes
 Public policy research methods


Year two core modules

 Programme management
 Performance management
 Partnership and collaboration
 Democracy, governance and participation
 Managing in a political environment
 Managing the information age


Year three dissertation (60 credits)

Conclude your Online Masters of Public Administration with a dissertation which connects you with other members of our diverse student body and brings the theories and understanding you’ve cultivated to life.

The subject of your dissertation can be related to your work environment or to an area of interest to your employer, which may encourage employers to support time for study or financial assistance.

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Research has highlighted that our raison d’etre is to make a positive difference to people’s lives. If this is our primary purpose, to be successful we must re-evaluate our leadership approach and how best to achieve this goal. Gain the knowledge you need by studying our 100% Online Masters of Public Administration.

As 2016’s University of the Year for Graduate employment, we understand the value of career development and from the outset we support all students as they strive to meet and exceed their career goals.

To help public sector professionals, like you, make a greater impact in your sphere, you would have access to bespoke advice from our employment consultants, who offer one-to-one coaching on Skype (or other communication tools), and work with you to clarify your end goals. We understand how important it is to inspire students to maximise their potential and gain the skills, understanding and attributes to help make the greatest difference.

We want to ensure that you can also progress your career in this competitive economic climate and have designed our course content with a practical approach and with contemporary subject matter. It is this experience that will give you a commanding position when it comes to taking advantage of the career opportunities available.


Professional Accreditation


Why should you choose to study online at the University of Newcastle ?

  • The University of Newcastle is ranked 10th in Europe for Social Policy and Administration.
  • Taught through the prestigious Institute of Local Government Government Studies (INLOGOV), which is part of the School of Government, this department brings more than 40 years of experience in innovative thinking for public servants.
  • The University of Newcastle is a member of the Russell Group, an organisation of the UK’s top 24 research-led universities.
  • The University of Newcastle is also a member of Universitas 21, the leading global network of research-intensive universities.
  • Rated ‘Gold Standard’ (2017) by the Teaching Excellence Framework.
  • ‘Finalist’, Global Teaching Excellence Award (2017), Higher Education Academy.
  • The University of Newcastle was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in 2016 by both The Times and The Sunday Times.
  • Ranked 3rd in the United Kingdom for having the most CEOs amongst alumni (2016).
  • The University of Newcastle is amongst the top six in the United Kingdom for being most frequently targeted by the country’s top employers.