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Public Service Management MBA


Course Description

Course overview:

The Public Service Management MBA will enhance your professional and personal skills, challenge you and your organisation, and aid your career progression into senior managerial positions.

This MBA provides the transfer of knowledge and new ideas from course to workplace, benefiting your employers and equipping you with strong personal and professional skills. By enhancing your knowledge, confidence and competence, the Public Service Management MBA will help you address complex organisational problems in a fast-changing political and global environment.

The course emphasises the need for a combination of soft and hard management skills, while also promoting creative problem-solving, communication, multidisciplinary thinking, team work, and leadership and management skills. The focus is on developing your knowledge in an applied and integrated way.

Overall, the course aims to deliver a high quality, personalised management learning experience. It has been designed for experienced professionals looking to develop analytical and critical thinking skills, and build strategic and change management capability. It will prepare you for the new leadership challenges of the current buisness climate.

The course is taught in weekly blocks which allows you to apply the tools, theories and techniques learnt during the course in your workplace, bringing an immediate benefit to your organisation.There are multiple start dates throughout the year.

Career opportunities:

Past students include managers from the health, police, prison and fire services, the civil service, the voluntary sector, non-governmental organisations and local authorities.

Why study with Brighton Business School?:

Brighton is one of the few universities with an MBA accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the UK's only chartered professional body for managers and leaders. All graduates gain dual awards - both an MBA and a CMI Strategic Diploma in Management and Leadership. Having the CMI Strategic Diploma as well as an MBA from Brighton makes a powerful statement about your standards and determination to continue to develop your management skills.

The University of Brighton has been running postgraduate courses in management since 1970 and MBA courses since 1986. We have a postgraduate community of around 600 students from a diverse range of backgrounds whose learning experience is enriched by the high quality of our research.

The University of Brighton offers a network of student support services, all of which are fully available to MBA students. The University's Careers Centre provides information about careers, courses and job vacancies. Brighton Business School has a designated Careers Adviser, who is available for student consultation on a one-to-one basis.

Relationships between tutors and MBA students are professional and supportive. Class sizes are small enough for there to be a personal and friendly atmosphere where staff know students by name and can closely monitor their progress.

Course content:

- Accounting and Performance Management
Explores a range of issues in accounting and performance measurement and associated theories. It examines critically their implications for organisations, through consideration of literature, case studies and professional practice.

- Collaborative Working, Communication and Marketing
Develops a systematic and critical understanding of the different approaches to sustainable and customer-focused service delivery. This includes a critical appreciation of the strategic frame in which services are designed, communicated, marketed and delivered to address service users' needs.

- Dynamic Public Service Environment
A critical analysis of public service contexts. Explores the relevance and impact of government initiatives in highly politicised contexts, public service system models and the development of UK public services. It covers policy development, political drivers for public service agendas, markets and professionals as well as the importance of the economic context.

- Information Systems, Operations and Process Management
Explores the role of information systems, process and operations management, as both drivers and facilitators of business strategy. This module provides an awareness of the importance of processes and information innovation as a means of competitive differentiation.

- Leadership and Ethics
The module critically explores the role and impact of leadership in organisations. It critically examines of the impact and relevance of different theories and their application to live case studies.

- Managing People and Organisations
Provides essential knowledge for those responsible for the management of people in an organisational context. It investigates the way organisations and their environments influence the practice of management and the performance of people.

- Services Planning and Commissioning
A critical analysis of the strategic positioning of public service organisations and the efficient development/review of services, including financial considerations, to deliver these effectively and efficiently. The service planning element includes examination of different strategy models, analysis tools, strategy and service implementation, commissioning issues and quality.

- Project: Developing Strategic and Change Capabilities
You will initiate, plan and carry out a project of strategic importance to your organisation. The design and interpretation of the project should draw on a sound knowledge of strategic and change management disciplines.

The project will prepare you for new and challenging situations of strategic relevance to your organisation. The project will equip you with the knowledge and skills to initiate and lead new developments, be capable of comprehending and integrating cross functional and sectoral issues while drawing on sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative in complex and unpredictable public service environments.

You will be allocated a supervisor to work with you and guide you through the project.

A sample of recent projects:
- How to sustain and support the planned development of the Dementia Relief Trust across the UK
- The use of clinical networks as strategic alliances in the NHS
- Motivation of physiotherapists within an acute hospital trust
- An investigation into motivation within a university careers centre
- Leadership and knowledge management to achieve organisational objectives
- Leadership of information technology within a cancer centre
- Information systems management leaders who fail to plan

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

Entry Requirements

Individual offers may vary. At least three years management or professional experience, plus a degree or equivalent professional qualification. Those with at least five years management or professional experience do not need a degree or equivalent qualification. In order to benefit from, contribute to and enjoy the course, a good command of spoken and written English language is required. If English is not your first language, you will need English language proficiency equivalent to an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5, with 6 in the written test.

Course Fees

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