The Master of Public Administration is an interdisciplinary two-year degree covering the broad field of public policy and administration in a global context. The MPA Social Impact specialism reflects the growing importance of private action in tackling persistent social problems and concern that such action should have maximum social impact.
The MPA provides rigorous empirical training in core subjects, such as economics, econometrics and political science. The Social Impact stream provides you with a specific set of skills, knowledge and critical understanding which will enable you to improve the effectiveness of private action for the public good. In particular it offers you a critical understanding of both intervention design and the emerging institutions, organisations and collaborations within this field.
The policy stream will be of interest to talented professionals who have embarked upon, or wish to switch to, a number of career trajectories:
- Designing a social enterprise, charity or social business
- Working in the philanthropy and family office sector
- Impact investing
- Consultancy in the social impact sector
- Corporate social responsibility
- NGO and development work
- Policy-makers working in partnership with social enterprise or philanthropy
The MPA in Social Impact (Marshall Institute Stream) consists of two compulsory courses:
Applying Behavioural Economics for Social Impact: Design, Delivery, Evaluation and Policy taught by Professor Nava Ashraf in Michaelmas term.
New Institutions of Public Policy: Strategic Philanthropy, Impact Investment and Social Enterprise taught by Professor Sir Julian Le Grand, Dr Jonathan Roberts and Stephan Chambers in Lent term.
Read more about the MPA programme and apply here