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Online Masters of Public Administration

Course Description

Elevate your impact on a global scale

Earn your Online Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the UK’s University of Birmingham and make a lasting impact on society with a practical understanding of public leadership and a global perspective. This comprehensive Online MPA is an innovative way to further your career with theory and applicable public management and governance skills using our new online platform, a virtual learning environment that teaches through interaction and engagement.

Advance your public leadership skills

Add to your current skill set with knowledge and practical tools rooted in proven strategies and the experience of our module leaders. 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 brings with it a 50-year history of public service and innovation.

It is designed to help future leaders:
- Build practical public management understanding
- Further skills for effective managerial leadership
- Establish individual strategies for career development
- Participate in joint learning of global governance
- Apply theoretical knowledge in real-life scenarios
- Gain international perspective

Innovate your public service education

New ways of thinking inspire us in everything we do. This includes taking full advantage of digital media to provide a more dynamic learning experience that draws on interactivity, participation and connectivity. This online course provides flexibility beyond the traditional campus setting, enabling students to engage with curriculum directly using:

- Video lectures
- Real-life case studies
- Interactive assignments
- Social interaction
- Digital tools & resources

Make a lasting impact on society

Achieve your goal to make a difference in the lives of people around the world and build a network to help you along the way with a world-class Online MPA from the University of Birmingham and INLOGOV.

- Course director Catherine Staite was recently ranked the 45th most influential person in local government by the Local Government Chronicle
- Our Online MPA offers personal tutors to help further students’ understanding and professional goals
- Capstone project helps realise theories with application in private and non-profit sectors

Your curriculum

The University of Birmingham’s Online MPA is a 30-month, 180-credit course (including a 60-credit dissertation).

Year one core modules
- Public Management and Governance in a Changing World - 10
- Leadership in Public Services - 10
- Strategic Management - 10
- Managing Public Money - 10
- Delivery Services and Outcomes - 10
- Public Policy Research Methods - 10

Year two core modules
- Programme Management - 10
- Performance Management - 10
- Partnership and Collaboration - 10
- Democracy, Governance and Participation - 10
- Managing in a Political Environment - 10
- Managing the Information Age - 10

Year three dissertation
- Dissertation - 60

Maximise your career opportunities

The University of Birmingham’s Online MPA 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. During your studies, you surround yourself with a faculty of global experts at a university that leads through its research. You also gain access to links in both the public and private sectors.

Master the skills of public leadership

The University of Birmingham plays an active role in making the UK a capital of global education. We challenge our postgraduate students with the highest standard of curriculum while providing a unique international perspective and innovative ways to educate. We are recognised for excellence in research through our membership in the Russell Group, an organisation of the UK’s top research-led universities. This excellence helps you gain the global understanding of public service you need to grow in your career.

Contact us on
Tel: +44 (0)800 032 7101
Visit birmingham.ac.uk/online to learn more and apply to study today
Students can start this course in February, June and October each year

Visit the Online Masters of Public Administration page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Vanna Curi

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My undeniably strong interest in further developing my skills and knowledge through The University of Birmingham was not a difficult conclusion to reach. I was fully aware of the University’s world-renowned reputation for excellence, high research activity and academic diversity. I pursued an Online Masters of Public Administration because it was without a doubt the most appropriate academic path for me. I could have gone to many other competitive schools to obtain my Masters, but the University of Birmingham was the one that offered the most flexibility, affordability, attentive academic staff, and most importantly; the convenient part-time timeframe.

(Student Profile)

Sharon Clayton

5175.jpg I am presently a postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham studying for an Online Masters in Public Administration. I chose this course because it will help me to undertake my present role in a more professional manner and give me a better understanding of how public services can and should be delivered. Being in full-time employment I do not have the time to study a traditional campus-based course and studying online at the University of Birmingham’s gives me an opportunity to learn in my own free time and, hopefully, achieve my ambition to attain a Masters degree. This online course has many advantages which include being able to study from the comfort of my own home, at times of my own choosing, with all the appropriate readings for each lesson available online. I also have the opportunity to get to interact with fellow ‘classmates’ via discussion forums and online webinars.

(Student Profile)

Tosan Ozoro

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In a Country like Nigeria (where there is great divide between the government and its citizens), many policies which are created are not communicated to majority of the population. I am passionate about learning these policies to help and fight for helpless people. I chose to study at the University of Birmingham because I wanted the best school for my studies. That and with the flexible online offering, I can keep my job and continue to earn as I study.


Entry Requirements

At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent 3.0 GPA. Two references. A statement of purpose. Academic and professional qualifications or industrial experience are normally taken into account. For international students, with the exception of Graduate Diploma Students, applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

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