Plymouth Business School

DPA Public Administration

Are you a senior manager within the public sector or local government who wants to draw together both the theoretical and practical aspects of professional and managerial experience? Focused on managerial and organisational practice, this programme provides opportunities for learning through collaborative processes, and enables you to take your new knowledge back to the workplace where it can be implemented to improve the quality of your practice.

Key features

  • Immerse yourself in the policies and theories surrounding public administration, through our two year taught programme. Build on your newly acquired knowledge and develop your research interests, by taking an additional two to three years to complete your thesis.
  • Equip yourself with the skills to facilitate in others the capacity to manage public resources cost-efficiently, cost-effectively and equitably.
  • Gain knowledge to guide, and contribute to, socio-political discourses at all levels, on the future roles of the state, civil society and the market in societal and local community governance.
  • Sharpen your knowledge and feel able to give sound policy advice to government across an array of policy domains.
  • Enhance your ability by applying theory to practice in the contexts of critical public policy and administration issues in a way that draws upon your extensive professional and managerial experience.
  • Benefit from direct involvement with the Plymouth Graduate School of Management research community

Course details

  • Year 1
  • You will start the programme with an induction and introduction to doctoral research. You will then engage in reflective practice, reflexivity and participatory research, and identify and explain theory. History and philosophy of public policy and social sciences and understanding paradigms of inquiry will be covered before you begin to develop methodological approaches. You will then work towards your research proposal and thesis.
    Optional modules
    • DOC8101 Induction and Introduction to Doctoral Study

    • DOC8103 Identifying and Explaining Theory

    • DPA8004 Public Policy

  • Year 2
  • You'll build on the knowledge and skills gained during your first year, and continue to study your chosen taught modules. After you’ve completed your second year, and the taught phase of your Doctorate, you’ll then have an additional two to three years to complete your thesis.
    Optional modules
    • DOC8101 Induction and Introduction to Doctoral Study

    • DOC8103 Identifying and Explaining Theory

    • DPA8004 Public Policy

  • Year 3
  • Core modules
    • GSRBUSM4 Research Business/Mgmt

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

Doctorate in Public Administration DPA Part time 3818

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

You'll need a bachelor degree with a second-class honours (or its equivalent) in a relevant field. Also extensive work experience which would normally be at least five years’ management experience in any sector that provides public services.

Fees, costs and funding

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How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Graduate School are available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Graduate School:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: graduateschool@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Meet the tutor

Professional doctorates allow interactions between theory and practice, which provide new insightful perspectives. Understanding relationships between theory and practice will equip you with research skills that can be applied in organisational contexts.

Professor Kerry E Howell, DBA Programme Manager

Learn more about Kerry

Research

The DPA at Plymouth has research at its heart. It has been developed through the Plymouth Graduate School research community where you’ll make plenty of connections during the course of your studies.

Research areas include sustainable governance and leadership, institutional and public policy, finance and economics, and more.

Learn more about Plymouth Graduate School research

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