Bachelor of Public Administration Honours

An Honours in Public Administration will expand your knowledge in the field of public administration with a sound understanding of research methodologies, organisational strategy, structure, systems and organisational culture.

1 year
NQF Level 8
120 credits

Key features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support 
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • Honours in Public Administration distance learning


The Bachelor of Public Administration Honours is a one year postgraduate programme aimed at students who have completed the relevant first degree and who intend to consolidate and strengthen their expertise in the field of public administration. This programme is pivotal to the development of research capacity in the methodology and techniques of public administration. Students will obtain advanced skills relevant to the public sector.

The Honours in Public Administration programme also focuses on equipping students with a sound understanding of organisational strategy, structure, systems and organisational culture. The Bachelor of Public Administration Honours degree demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence and is suitably designed for articulation into higher qualifications.


Upon successful completion of the programme, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyse and solve public sector problems in a systematic and creative way.
  • Acquire an understanding of how to manage resources and processes in a public context.
  • Communicate effectively, in oral and written modes, and to articulate and promote their own ideas and interests.
  • Understand and contribute the socio-economic challenges of developing South Africa in an ethical and responsible manner.
  • Appreciate that policy-making contributes to the development of government at the local, regional and national levels

Programme structure

Duration: 1 year

Semester 1

  • Theory and Science of Public Administration
  • Planning and Policy Analysis in the Public Sector
  • Research Methodology
  • Leadership in the Public Sector

Semester 2

  • Politics in the Public Sector
  • Management of Public and Municipal Finance
  • Research Project

Admission requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is a cognate Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Diploma at NQF level 7.
  • It is possible to gain entry to the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  • To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 30 years.
  • For further information on this alternative route, please contact a student advisor.
  • . All applicants with an international qualification will be considered in accordance with MANCOSA’s institutional rules.


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