Earn your Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and make a lasting impact on society with a practical understanding of public leadership and a global perspective. Further your career with theory and applicable strategies gained through the University of Birmingham’s advanced online platform. It is a modern solution for today´s globally minded postgraduate, offering informed insights and flexibility to meet the demands of your schedule.
Our online MPA course is taught through the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) and led by course director Catherine Staite, recently ranked the 45th most influential person in local government by the Local Government Chronicle. INLOGOV sets the standard for progressive thinking in the public sector, and helps give students access to an international network of industry leaders and experts.
Recently named the University of the Year in both The Times and The Sunday Times, the University of Birmingham has been challenging the leading minds of tomorrow and empowering them with real-world knowledge for more than a century. We continue this tradition today with our online Masters in Public Administration.
At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent
Academic and professional qualifications or industrial experience of the applicant are normally taken into account
Standard English language requirements apply with the exception of Graduate Diploma students who must have IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.
Year one focuses on the first six compulsory core modules, these are:
10 credits - Public Management and Governance in a Changing World
10 credits - Leadership in Public Services
10 credits - Strategic Management
10 credits - Managing Public Money
10 credits - Delivering Services and Outcomes
10 credits - Public Policy Research Methods
Compulsory core modules continue in year two with:
10 credits - Programme Management
10 credits - Performance Management
10 credits - Partnership and Collaboration
10 credits - Governance and Participation
10 credits - Managing in a Political Environment
10 credits - Managing in the Information Age
When the taught modules have been completed, a dissertation is submitted to fulfil the requirements for the award of the degree. The subject of the dissertation can be related to your work environment or to an area of interest to your employer, which may encourage them to support you with time for study or financial assistance.
Advance your public service career and drive meaningful change globally with an online MPA. Add to your current skill sets with knowledge and practical tools rooted in proven strategies and the experience of our international body of module leaders. To offer proactive support during your studies, this course also provides a personal tutor who will help you to further your understanding and your professional goals.
Conclude your MPA with a dissertation that connects you with other members of our diverse student body to bring the theories and understanding you´ve cultivated to life with the functional application of proven strategies in private and non-profit sectors.
Organised and delivered by the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), our leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management, an MPA from the University of Birmingham also brings with it research excellence recognised by our membership in the Russell Group, an organisation of 24 universities dedicated to the best in research, teaching and learning, and an invaluable resource for professional networking.
Master public administration with our leading-edge postgraduate online learning course, strengthen your foundation in governance and managerial discipline and learn to effectively bring about societal change on a local, regional, national and global level.
Our online Masters in Public Administration is ideal for candidates wishing to pursue careers in public policy or strategic management in government organisations or public agencies at local, regional, national or international levels. It also enables public managers to broaden their careers, facilitating a move to a different department within the public or voluntary sector or a move into consultancy.
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