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The University of Limerick has over 12,000 students and 1,400 staff. UL has a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. It provides a learning environment that stimulates students to be knowledgeable, proactive, creative, responsible, collaborative and articulate. In 2011, UL was independently evaluated by the international university rating agency QS Stars and was awarded the maximum 5-star rating in 6 categories. In 2012, the university was ranked within the top 100 Young Universities of the World. The University of Limerick offers a range of programmes up to doctoral and postdoctoral levels and has a strong international focus. In recent years, UL welcomed international students from 87 countries. The outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities enhance UL's exceptional learning and working environment.

Masters programme in Public Administration

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 The Masters in Public Administration aims to provide students with analytical and professional skills, and the specialist knowledge and understanding of public management and policy making in government. It is a relevant postgraduate training for those who are seeking to embark on or promote their career progression in the public sector. It is also suitable for those aspiring to management roles in public agencies or non-governmental organisations working with government, whether at the local organisational, national or international levels.

The modules offered in the the MPA programme are designed to provide students with a rigorous and inter-disciplinary curriculum in public administration, economics and law in order to develop an awareness of public sector values and a comprehensive knowledge of the nature, role and growth of the public sector and its reform. Students take modules in Public Administration, Economics, Organisational Behaviour, Policy Analysis and Law. For the research element students participate in a Research Methods for Practitioners module and complete an individual research project.



  • PA6011 Public Administration Theory & Practice (9 ECTS)

  • PA5101 Research Methods for Practitioners (9 ECTS)

  • PM6101 Organisational Behaviour (6 ECTS)

  • EC6121 Economics for Business (6 ECTS)


  • PA6032 Collaborative Governance & Leadership (9 ECTS)

  • EC6052 International Economic Issues (6 ECTS)

  • LA4042 Administrative Law (6 ECTS)

  • LA6182 Using Evidence to Improve Societal Outcomes in the Real World (9 ECTS)

These modules and a selection of graduate electives offered by the Department of Politics and Public Administration are available to exchange students.


Incoming students can be hosted during the first and second semester.

Contact person
Dr. Bernadette Connaughton
Lecturer in Public Administration


University of Limerick