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London Metropolitan University Postgraduate Application Essays

Our course aims to equip you with the skills and understanding needed to make significant change within your professional environment.

In particular, the programme places great emphasis on:

  • developing a variety of academic capacities and transferable skills related to public administration
  • instilling flexibility of thought and innovation as guiding principles to public sector management and reforms
  • developing a commitment to lifelong learning and reflective practice

Work placement

The work placement module is a key feature of our course. You’ll have the chance to directly experience work within a relevant area of public service in a London-based organisation over a substantial period.

The network of employers that offer work placements for you include:

  • the London Boroughs of Hackney, Harrow, Havering, Islington, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Westminster
  • government bodies such as the Department of Work and Pensions
  • voluntary sector organisations such as Thames Reach

Your work placement is an excellent opportunity for you to apply the knowledge acquired during class to develop your practical skills in the real world.

If you’re looking for work after the course, you’ll receive the guidance and support of our full-time placement and employability officer.

Meeting public sector demands

One of the greatest benefits of our course is how it helps you strike a fine balance between theory and practice. This means you’ll be prepared to use the knowledge you’ve gained and implement it in the real world.

We’ve designed our course to meet the demands of an increasingly complex and changing public sector made up of government departments, local authorities, public agencies and voluntary organisations from Britain and abroad. You’ll be equipped to bring positive change to these types of organisations by developing the skills needed to become an innovative public manager, administrator and policymaker.

We’ll also introduce you to the latest strategic management and planning tools applied in public agencies, including an overview of emerging trends and best practices in public policy.

Our teaching team

Our innovative Master of Public Administration MA is taught by an experienced team who are active in the international research community. Their research focuses on:

  • public management reform in transitional countries
  • comparative public policy and governance
  • strategic management in public sector organisations
  • corruption in transitional countries and local and regional governance.

Our teaching team is involved in civil service training, consultancy and advisory work for public sector organisations and internationally recognised academic research. They will use this experience to provide you with relevant, informative and contemporary case-studies.

There will also be expert practitioners from a range of public and voluntary sector organisations contribute to the course.

Teaching methods

You’ll study through a blended learning approach that uses a variety of strategies. For example, you’ll make use of our specially-designed research methodology focused on public policy and management research and analysis.

You’ll also have access to the University’s online Virtual Learning Environment. This supports the teaching and learning process as well as enabling you to reflect on your personal academic development and access a wide range of resources that will aid your studies.

Are you applying from abroad?

Our course has historically attracted students sponsored by the Commonwealth and the governments of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Romania, South Korea, Vietnam, and students from (amongst others) Afghanistan, Germany, Kosovo, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and the USA. Many of our graduates from these countries have gone on to access managerial and decision-making positions in a range of public and voluntary sector organisations.

We want to help you to become a high-quality administrator and manager who will play a critical role in your home country. We’ll encourage you to achieve this through our interdisciplinary programme of study that is intellectually rigorous and relevant to your local context and organisation.


You’ll be assessed through a diverse range of methods including essays, reports, portfolios, individual or group classroom presentations and a dissertation.

Your dissertation is part of the 60-credit International Public Administration Project core module. You’ll be free to pursue individual research on a topic of your choice within public administration and public policy fields.

You’ll receive detailed verbal and written feedback on all assessments. We’ll give you significant tutorial support during your dissertation including dissertation workshops.

Selection Process


Application Stage:

Your application will be assessed by our admissions team.  If your application is successful we will invite you to an interview.  We aim to process all applications within 14 days.

Interview Stage:

Interviews will normally be conducted in person at the school.  Interviews with international applicants can be conducted over the phone or via Skype.  The interview consists of a formal meeting with either a member of the admissions team, or education team, or both.  At this interview you will be expected to answer detailed questions surrounding your reasons for choosing to study with MetFilm School, alongside your understanding of the specialism you are applying for.

Offer Stage:

Once we have completed this process we will let candidates know within 10 working days whether they have been offered a place on the course.

Acceptance Stage:

If you are offered a place and wish to accept, it is your responsibility to ensure you have prepared to make a non-refundable deposit payment of 20% of the course fees to secure your place.  Your offer of a place will only be guaranteed for 7 days once an offer is made.