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Study plan for MASV-PUBAD Master's Programme in Public Administration , fall 2017

Language of Instruction

English

Semester

Autumn (August)

Objectives and content

The objective of the Master of Philosophy in Public Administration (MPA) is to enhance the students' ability to conduct independent analyses of organizations, political and administrative structures and processes, and public policy. The programme strengthens students' analytical skills and provides a comprehensive training in methodology. Participation in various seminars and individual writing ensure that the motivation for and ability to work independently in an academic or a professional setting is enhanced.

The MPA Programme is equivalent to four semesters of study after completion of an undergraduate degree.

The programme is aimed at international self-financed students.

Exchange students under the Erasmus agreement and other guest students who fulfill academic requirements may on application be admitted to one or more courses in the programme.

Required Learning Outcomes

A candidate who has completed his or her programme should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The candidate...

  • has obtained systematic knowledge of recent developments in organization theory, public administration and public policy, and the theories and methods being used in these fields of study.
  • has developed a broader understanding of the relationship between politics and administration and between the formulation and implementation of public policy.
  • has acquired the knowledge required to identify relationships between formal organizations on the one hand and consequences and outcomes on the other.

Skills

The candidate...

  • is able to explain and analyse newer theories of organizations, public administration and public policy
  • will be able to develop and analyze academic research questions within the chosen field of study independently, based on relevant theories and methods of research
  • can formulate research questions, design an appropriate research design and conduct empirical research in line with research ethical principles

General competence

The candidate...

  • has acquired a methodological foundation for conducting research and academic writing
  • is able to prepare and conduct a research project applying scientific methods of research
  • can communicate and cooperate about problems and challenges in social science

 

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the M-Phil programme in Public Administration applicants must normally have obtained an undergraduate degree or Bachelor's degree of 4 years' duration, or have an equivalent educational background. The undergraduate degree must include 1, 5 years of full-time studies in relevant courses such as:

  • Political Science or related subjects
  • Public Administration
  • Organization Theory

All candidates will also be selected on the basis of achievements in previous studies. Admission is competitive; applicants should have excellent academic records. Minimum 2 nd Class, Upper Division/B or the equivalent is normally required in order to be considered for admission.

Teaching and supervision is conducted in English, applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide documentation of English language proficiency. If you are a native English speaker you are not required to provide a proficiency test. You are considered to be a native speaker of English if you are from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, The UK, USA or South Africa.

Sequential Requirements, courses

The purpose of the M-Phil programme is to enhance students´ ability to conduct independent analyses of organizations, political and administrative structures and processes, and public policy. The programme strengthens students' analytical skills and provides a comprehensive training in methodology. Participation in various seminars and individual writing ensure that the motivation for and ability to work independently in an academic or a professional setting is enhanced.

The M-Phil Degree in Public Administration is equivalent to four semesters of study after completion of an undergraduate degree.

The programme is aimed at international self-financed students.

Exchange students under the Erasmus agreement and other guest students who fulfill academic requirements may on application be admitted to one or more courses in the programme.

Programme structure

In the first semester, i.e. the autumn semester (August-December), students are required to complete two compulsory courses/seminars, in Organization and Politics (AORG318) and Methodology (AORG319).

In the second semester (January-June), students are required to complete two compulsory seminars, viz. the seminars in Research Design (AORG322), and Research Field (AORG323).In the second semester there will be an assessment of students´ ability to continue with the program

 AORG318 Organization and Politics
ECTS credits: 15
Compulsory
Term: 1.www.uib.no/nb/emne/AORG321www.uib.no/nb/emne/AORG321

AORG319 Methodology
ECTS credits: 15
Compulsory
Term: 1.www.uib.no/nb/emne/AORG322www.uib.no/nb/emne/AORG322

AORG322 Research Design
ECTS credits: 15
Compulsory
Term: 2.

AND AORG323 Research Field

ECTS credits: 15

Term: 2.

AORG 351 Master's Thesis Compulsory
ECTS credits: 60
Term: 3. - 4.
Examination: Hand in Thesis

Assessment methods

Combination of essay, School exam, home exam, oral exam and submission of a thesis

Grading scale

Grading A-F

Administrative responsibility

Dept. of Administration and Organization Theory

Christiesgt. 17, N-5007 Bergen

e-mail: post@aorg.uib.no

tel: + 4755582190

fax: + 4755589890