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Development Management (Public Economic Management and Finance) MSc/GDip


Course Description

The Public Economic Management and Finance (PEMF) specialism works from the macro down to sectoral and firm level in order to build the confidence of students as economists. The approach is practical and introduces theories as appropriate to solve practical problems. Students analyse practical cases, using real data as far as possible to provide excellent experience and develop required skills in public economic and finance management.

The programme includes development of understanding of the role of the state in managing the economy and public finances; managing monetary, exchange rate, fiscal, trade and environmental policy; budgeting, fiscal decentralisation and working with the private sector; and, designing, planning, financing and evaluating projects.

Who is the programme for?

This specialist pathway enables public sector economists, planners and administrators to update their skills in a rapidly changing field. It also enables non-economists to acquire skills in the analysis of public economic and finance management to enable them to pursue careers within these areas in international development.

About the School of Government and Society

The School of Government and Society is one of the leading UK and International centres for governance, politics, international development, sociology, public management, Russian and European studies.

Established in 2008, the School comprises three Departments: Politics and International Studies (POLSIS); International Development (IDD) and Local Government Studies (INLOGOV).

POLSIS: The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), one of the largest and most academically vibrant departments of Political Science and International Studies in the UK. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) Politics and International Studies at Birmingham was ranked the 6th best in the power rankings highlighting the large number of staff in POLSIS producing world-leading and internationally excellent research.

IDD: Be part of global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Contribute to conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction. Help build capacity of nations and communities to adapt to climate change. Study with us to gain the skills and knowledge essential for working in international development in the 21st Century.

INLOGOV: The Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) is the leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management. We enrich the world of local public service with research evidence and innovative ideas, making a positive difference.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

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 Development Management (Public Economic Management and Finance) MSc/GDip page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

MSc:A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US Grade Point Average is 3.0) orA lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent work experience.Adequate capacity in written and spoken EnglishDegrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate's work experience can also be taken into consideration.Graduate Diploma:A lower second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field is normally required. However, work experience can also be taken into consideration.

Course Fees

£8,190 FT (Home/EU students) £4,095 PT (Home/EU students) £15,660 FT (Overseas students)


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