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MBA Public Service

Course Description

The programme comprises eight taught modules and a research based dissertation, providing a blend of the fundamental management disciplines with issues of particular relevance to public service delivery. Five core management modules, covering strategy, marketing, HRM, finance, and international business, are drawn from the Business School’s UK Executive MBA and three specialist public sector management modules, covering governance, leadership and service commissioning, are drawn from Masters programmes delivered by the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) in the School of Government and Society.

The programme is primarily targeted at middle to senior managers working in UK public sector organisations such as the NHS, local and central government, the police and the prison service. With its blend of generic management and specialist public service modules, however, the programme is also designed for a wider market of individuals in private and third sector jobs, in particular those involved in the delivery of contracted out public services.


The programme comprises taught modules and a 12,000 word research-based dissertation.
Perspectives on Strategic Management
Strategic Marketing
Human Resource Management
Financial Management
International Business Environment
Public Management and Leadership
Strategic Commissioning
Public Management and Governance

As well as these modules, students will also participate in a Dissertation Skills Workshop.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the MBA Public Service page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Student Profiles

ESRC scholarships for PG Study and Doctoral Research - 14 Awards

The University of Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre is one of 21 across the UK that has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It has been awarded 14 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research starting in October 2012.Outstanding applicants will be considered for ESRC scholarships in the following pathways:Applied Linguistics
Russian and East European Studies
International Development (IDD)
West African Studies
German Studies
Business and Management
Economic and Social History
Economics and Econometrics
Urban and Regional Studies
Human Geography
Political Science and International Studies
European Studies
Local Government Studies and Public Policy
Sport and Exercise Science (Psy)
Social Policy
Social Work
Socio-Legal Studies

Value of Scholarship(s)



Please note that to be eligible for an ESRC award at the University of Birmingham you must have also submitted an application to study at the University.

Application Procedure

For further information, please visit http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/esrcDoctoral Research Enquiry ServiceEmail: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or an equivalent professional qualification, and a minimum of three years management experience. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this in more detail. English language requirementsIELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band); TOEFL IBT 88 (21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); Pearson Academic Test of English 59 (in all four skills).

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