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Programme: MPA (Coursework)

Code Faculty Department
07251153 Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences Department: School of Public Management and Administration
Credits Duration NQF level SAQA ID
Minimum duration of study: 1 year Total credits: 180 NQF level:  09 SAQA ID:  6279

Admission requirements

  1. Relevant bachelor’s degree
  2. A cumulative weighted average of at least 60% for the bachelor’s degree
  3. Administrative and managerial experience, preferably in the public sector, as deemed adequate and appropriate by the Departmental Postgraduate Selection Committee

Additional requirements

  1. A candidate may be refused admission to a master’s degree by the Director of the School of Public Management and Administration if he/she does not comply with the standard of competence in the subject as determined by the department – with the proviso that a candidate who does not comply with the required level of competence, may be admitted, provided that he/she completes additional study assignments and/or examinations.
  2. The number of students will be determined in line with the growth strategy of the University of Pretoria as approved by the Executive.

Other programme-specific information

Seven prescribed modules as well as a mini-dissertation must be completed. The programme must be completed within two years after the first registration for the degree. The Dean may, at the recommendation of the Postgraduate Committee, cancel the registration of a student during any academic year if his/her academic progress is not satisfactory.

Examinations and pass requirements

  • A semester mark of at least 40% is required to qualify for the examination (See General Academic Regulations regulations in this regard).
  • A student may, on the recommendation of the Departmental Postgraduate Committee, be admitted to a re-examination/supplementary examination in a module, in cases where:
    1. a final mark of between 40% and 49% has been obtained; or
    2. a final mark has been obtained, but the required subminimum of 40% in the examination section of the module has not been obtained.
  • Credit is obtained for each module in which a final mark of at least 50% has been achieved.
  • A re-examination/supplementary examination is only allowed in a maximum of two modules.
  • A candidate may not present himself/herself for an examination in the same module more than twice, except with the approval of the Dean, on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Public Management and Administration. Refer to General Academic Regulation G32.2.3.
  • Supplementary examinations cover the same subject matter as was the case for the examinations.
  • Should a student fail NME 801 the student will not be allowed to continue with PAD 899. Failure in NME 801 in two consecutive years will result in termination of studies.

Research information

Mini-dissertations, curricula and modules

Refer to General Academic Regulation G38.

  1. The degree programme requires that a mini-dissertation must be submitted for examination.
  2. Information on modules, credits and syllabi is available, on request, from the Director: SPMA.
  3. The mini-dissertation must be submitted to the MPA Administrator Coordinator for examination after permission is granted by the supervisor.

Submission of mini-dissertation
The mini-dissertation is submitted to the MPA Administrator Coordinator, as per Research flow Diagram approved by the SPMA Research Committee.

Minimum credits: 185

This degree is offered over a maximum of two years. All coursework modules to be completed in Year 1 of registration and the mini-dissertation to be registered in Year 2 of study. Degree must be completed within two years.  

Core modules

  • Module content:

    • Concepts, aims and principles of public finance
    • Governments and the distribution of income
    • Role players in financial resource management
    • Budgeting, budgeting techniques and systems
    • Financial performance measurement
    • Tariff settings and viability techniques
    • Internal control and accounting
    • Policy documents relating to financial management
    • Logistical and asset management
    • Tendering tenders and contracts
    • Monitoring and auditing
    • Financial accountability

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  • Module content:

    • Institutions and functionaries involved in public human resource management
    • Basic values and directives governing public human resource management.
    • Strategic human resource management
    • Developing a performance culture
    • Talent management,
    • People development
    • Creating and maintaining a learning culture
    • Role players and their functions
    • Employee relationship management
    • Issues in people resource management
    • Labour relations management
    • Ethics and Accountability

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  • Module content:

    • Research design
    • Conceptualisation and measurement
    • Operationalisation
    • The logic of sampling
    • Surveys

    Research proposal to be submitted during year one and a supervisor will be allocated.  Candidate to identify one of the specified areas (energy, water, sanitation or roads and transport) to conduct the research within a managerial and administrative context.

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  • Module content:

    • Key concepts in public policy formulation and implementation
    • Participants (role players) in policy formulation
    • Key concepts in public policy analysis and implementation
    • Ethics and policy analysis
    • Approaches to policy analysis (A typology) Models for policy analysis
    • Policy analysis as a process: A general overview
    • Policy analysis as a process: Identifying problems and determining objectives for research
    • Policy analysis as a process: Cost effectiveness, alternative options and determination of cost Forecasting and policy analysis
    • Methods and techniques in policy analysis: An overview Acceptance and implementations of policy proposals Monitoring and evaluation of policy outcomes
    • Pitfalls and limitations of policy analysis
    • Design sectoral specific policies to achieve policy objectives
    • Direct and control the implementation of sectoral specific policy and limitations of policy analysis
    • Problem solving and techniques

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  • Module content:

    • Development of Public Administration as a practice
    • Relationship between Public Administration and other dimensions
    • Administrative activities
    • Functional activities
    • Auxiliary functions
    • Sector governance and utility regulations

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  • Module content:

    Leadership theories
    Leadership styles in the public sector
    Ethical leadership
    Regulatory framework in the public sector
    Communication
    Decision-making
    Team roles
    Planning and objective writing
    Performance information in the public sector
    Management processes
    Project and change management
    Leadership challenges in the public sector

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  • Module content:

    Fundamentals, aims and concepts of programme and project management
    Legislative and policy framework
    Programme and project governance
    Programme and project lifecycles
    Programme and project methodology
    Business process reengineering
    Management of systems in public organisations
    Strategic and operational management
    Monitoring and evaluation and programme performance management
    Budget programmes
    Programme and project applications

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  • Module content:

    To be registered simultaneously with the course work modules.

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The regulations and rules for the degrees published here are subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information.

The General Academic Regulations (G Regulations) and General Student Rules apply to all faculties and registered students of the University, as well as all prospective students who have accepted an offer of a place at the University of Pretoria. On registering for a programme, the student bears the responsibility of ensuring that they familiarise themselves with the General Academic Regulations applicable to their registration, as well as the relevant faculty-specific and programme-specific regulations and information as stipulated in the relevant yearbook. Ignorance concerning these regulations will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression, or basis for an exception to any of the aforementioned regulations.

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