Public Affairs MPA - 2018/9

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MPA Public Affairs

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
BSc (Hons) Public Affairs
Ord Public Affairs
DipHE Public Affairs
CertHE Public Affairs

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time ULB17001 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY ULB17001 600 credits and 300 ECTS credits

JACs code

L430

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Politics and International Relations

Other internal and / or external reference points

NA

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Politics

Programme Leader

THOMPSON L Dr (Politics)

Date of production/revision of spec

20/09/2018

Educational aims of the programme

To enable students to understand and use a range of concepts, approaches and methods appropriate to politics, and to develop an understanding of their contested nature and of the problematic character of political enquiry.

To provide students with a foundation of knowledge and understanding of theory and analysis, and to encourage them to apply these issues in contemporary international affairs.

To develop students┬┐ capacity to think critically about events, ideas, people and institutions at local, national, regional and international levels.

To assist students to develop a range of cognitive and social skills relevant to their intellectual, vocational and personal development.

To give students opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge and understanding to the resolution of real-life problems and so develop their skills in respect of professional as well as academic life.

To provide a curriculum which encourages breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and debate, supported by scholarship, a research culture, and staff reflection and development.

To create a learning environment that is receptive to the needs and views of students and encourages them to achieve their full potential, even while fostering an atmosphere where students as independent learners can take responsibility for their own learning processes.

To understand and respect issues related to diversity and to employ a range of methods and approaches in relation to diverse needs.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Demonstrate critical knowledge of key concepts, principles and theoretical approaches associated with the study of politics, international relations and public policy. K MPA
In-depth understanding of international structures of governance and their impact on regional, national and local structures. K MPA
Apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics, international relations and public policy to the analysis of the political arena, and in so doing demonstrating good knowledge of the workings of political systems at the national and international level. K MPA
Detailed knowledge and understanding of contemporary debates within the field of public policy. K MPA
Understanding of processes of knowledge creation and contestation within public affairs K MPA
Understanding of techniques of research and enquiry and their application to the study of public affairs K MPA
Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, principles and theoretical approaches associated with the study of politics, international relations and public policy. K Ord, BSc (Hons)
Apply a wide range of concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics, international relations and public policy to the analysis of the political arena, and in so doing demonstrating good knowledge of the workings of political systems at the national and international level. K Ord, BSc (Hons)
Evaluate different interpretations of political issues, events and policies for national and international contexts. K Ord, BSc (Hons)
Understand the relationship between argument and evidence in the discipline of politics. K Ord, BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate good knowledge of key concepts, principles and theoretical approaches associated with the student of politics, international relations and public policy. K DipHE
Apply key concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics, international relations and public policy which apply to the political arena and in so doing demonstrate good knowledge of the workings of political systems at the national and international level. K DipHE
Evaluate different interpretations of political issues, events and policies for national and international contexts. K DipHE
Understand the relationship between argument and evidence in the discipline of politics. K DipHE
Demonstrate a basic knowledge of key concepts, principles and theoretical approaches associated with the student of politics, international relations and public policy. K CertHE
Understand concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics, international relations and public policy which apply to the political arena and in so doing demonstrate adequate knowledge of the workings of political systems at the national and international level. K CertHE
Evaluate different interpretations of political issues, events and policies for national and international contexts. K CertHE
Understand the relationship between argument and evidence in the discipline of politics. K CertHE
Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a range of different sources C MPA
Analyse and synthesise a wide range of material in verbal and numerical formats C MPA
Deal with complex issues systematically and creatively C MPA
Make sound judgements on the basis of incomplete evidence C MPA
Demonstrate self-direction and originality in solving problems and analysing evidence C MPA
Construct reasoned argument C MPA
Apply theoretical and analytical frameworks to empirical analysis C MPA
Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and primary sources. C DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and commend solutions to specified problems. C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Construct reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement in the articulation and application of evidence/data. C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Reflect on self and peer learning. Seek and apply forward constructive feedback. C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Manage learning processes in a self-critical and appropriately independent fashion. C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Recognise the importance of demonstrating good research skills, especially related to academic integrity and ethics C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Independent attitude to study which requires critical and reflective use of statistics and computer technology for learning purposes. C DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Application of theory to practice C CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a variety of secondary sources C CertHE
Make appropriate use of information and communications technology P MPA
Carry out an advanced literature search P MPA
Organise own workload to meet deadlines P MPA
Formulate research questions P MPA
Design and conduct a research project, selecting appropriate methods of data collection and analysis P MPA
Present research findings orally and in writing P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Research P DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Numeracy P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Critical Thought P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Computer Literacy P CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BSc (Hons)
Information Literacy P MPA
Communicate and present ideas effectively T MPA
Reason critically T MPA
Use information and communication technology for the retrieval and presentation of material T MPA
Organise and plan their own work T MPA
Adopt a proactive approach to problem-solving T MPA
Collaborate with others to achieve common goals T MPA
Deploy a range of relevant research skills T MPA
Make decisions in complex situations T MPA
Take responsibility for their own learning T Ord, BSc (Hons)
Effective and fluent communication skills - oral and written. T Ord, BSc (Hons)
Effective use of computer and information technology, including audio-visual technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information and data. T Ord, BSc (Hons)
Ability to work independently, demonstrate capacity for initiative, manage time and competing demands, emerge as a well-organised and mature learner. T Ord, BSc (Hons)
Capacity to collaborate with others in large or small groups in order to achieve clearly defined tasks. T DipHE
Effective and fluent communication skills - oral and written. T DipHE
Effective use of computer and information technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information and data. T DipHE
Ability to work independently, demonstrate capacity for initiative, manage time and competing demands T DipHE
Capacity to collaborate with others in large or small groups in order to achieve clearly defined tasks. T CertHE
Effective and fluent communication skills - oral and written. T CertHE
Ability to work independently. T CertHE
Capacity to collaborate with others in large or small groups in order to achieve clearly defined tasks. T MPA
Form effective arguments P MPA

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Integrated Master's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and 7). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Honours) (360 credits)
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Full-time with PTY

This Integrated Master's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over five academic years, consisting of 600 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6, 7 and the optional professional training year). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Honours) (360 credits)
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

Optional modules for Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

Students must choose one of the above three modules.

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Other information

Students on our BSc Politics and BSc International Politics can transfer onto the MPA up until the end of FHEQ L5 or the end of the placement year (LP) as long as they meet the following criteria:

- They have taken the compulsory modules on the MPA at FHEQ L4 and L5
- They have achieved an average of 55% in each academic year.

Students on the MPA can transfer onto either the BSc Politics or BSc International Politics at FHEQ L4 or L5. As students on the MPA do the compulsory modules for both degree programmes they meet this requirement already. There is no average mark that they need to obtain to transfer.

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.