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Online Masters of Public Administration

Online Masters of Public Administration

Lead positive change, study the latest international thinking and master unique public-sector strategy with the University of Birmingham’s 100% Online Masters of Public Administration.

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Designed to equip public-sector professionals with the tools necessary to help make a positive difference and help manage change in their sphere, the University of Birmingham’s 100% Online Masters of Public Administration will help you to evaluate your impact within local governance and strategic public management.

Delivered through the prestigious Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) – the United Kingdom’s leading centre for the study of local public service management, policy and governance – this programme is perfectly positioned to encourage progressive ideas and innovative thinking without having to set foot on campus.

“This programme 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 offered a world-renowned reputation for excellence, the most flexibility, affordability, attentive academic staff, and most importantly; the convenient part-time timeframe.” - (Vanna Curi, Online Masters of Public Administration).

From the outset, you will have access to employment advice and one-to-one coaching to confirm your goals, helping you to shape the future of public services. Gain the necessary skills and progressive insights to make an impact in your sphere. Find out more.

Lead in the public-sector

The Online Masters of Public Administration has been specifically designed for those who are seeking to take their career in public services further – whether it’s a move into a more senior role, a change in career, a new department or even a shift into consultancy work.

Programme outline

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

Key facts

The University of Birmingham’s Online Masters of Public Administration has been specifically designed to equip public-sector professionals with the tools necessary to help make a positive difference, to help manage change and evaluate impact within local governance and strategic public management. The online format meets the needs of busy professionals who are balancing full-time careers and personal commitments alongside their studies.

There are three intakes a year. Students can join the programme in March, July or October.

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Admission requirements

In order to be accepted onto the Online Masters of Public Administration, applicants must possess:

  • At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent
  • 3.5 GPA
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose

For international students, standard English language requirements apply. You must have an IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

Fees and funding

For detailed pricing information and to find out more about the payment methods available, please request information and a member of the admissions team will be in touch to discuss your enquiry.


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