On the Public Administration and Management BA at DMU you have the opportunity to combine the study of applied politics with the management of modern society.
You will share the first year with the Politics BA course, giving you a vital grounding in political issues and theory.
In the second and third years you will have the opportunity to combine politics with public administration modules.
Reasons to study Public Administration and Management at DMU:
- Opportunity for a short placement with a local authority
Putting theory into practice
- Give your studies an international dimension by taking the Government and Policy in China module
and take up the opportunity to learn about Chinese life and culture on campus at the Confucius Institute
- The only university in the UK to hold both Congress to Campus and European Parliament to Campus
with former members of US Congress and former Members of European Parliament to enhance your study experience
- Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
our innovative programme of work and study opportunities across the world, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons
- Placement opportunities with local, national and global companies
including the Labour Party, the House of Commons, the Government Economic Service, the Welsh Assembly, Pfizer and the NHS
- DMU is in the Top 10 of most popular universities in the UK for home and EU students, as measured by UCAS acceptances in 2017. Find out more
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test, which is typically weighted as follows in your first year:
- Exam: 34%
- Practical: 1%
- Coursework: 65%
These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
The current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU, improving the student experience.
The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, with a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks on the ground floor. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets, as well as SUpplies, DSU’s shop selling art supplies, stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).
An optional paid placement year offers invaluable professional experience.
We can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.
We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts.
Our students have taken placements with companies including Rolls Royce, GlaxoSmithKline, Heathrow Airport and the House of Commons.
The course prepares you for senior roles in public and private sector organisations where you can influence major decisions that affect us all.
The public sector is a major UK employer and one of the most diverse, challenging and exciting sectors in which to work.
There is real demand for suitably qualified managers who are interested in making a difference and who understand the implications of the global financial crisis, climate change, sustainable development, health care and other issues affecting contemporary society.