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Masters in Public Administration

Master public administration online with the University of Birmingham. Engage in flexible, hands-on modules for immediate leadership application in your role.

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  • Level

    Masters Degree
  • Duration

    2.5 Years
  • Language

  • Total Tuition Fee


Masters in Public Administration

  • Masters Degree (Postgraduate)

  • 2.5 Years

  • Total tuition fee


    Transform public sector leadership at the University of Birmingham

    Embark on a journey with the University of Birmingham's online Masters in Public Administration (MPA), designed to redefine public sector leadership and governance.

    This programme will guide you through in-depth modules covering public management, strategic leadership, financial stewardship, and policy innovation, culminating in a research project that allows you to apply your insights to significant public service challenges.

    Lead with innovation in public service management

    Gain insight from the distinguished Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), the UK's leading authority in local public service management.

    This partnership ensures you're learning from leaders at the forefront of public administration thought leadership, and ready to implement change in real-time within your current role.

    Academic entry requirements:

    Obtain (or be predicted) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent from a recognised institution. Complete the online application and submit a current CV.

    Professional entry requirements:

    For those without standard academic qualifications, evidence of 1-8+ years of relevant (senior) work experience in the public sector is required, varying by the level of experience. Submit one reference, either uploaded with your application or emailed directly by your referee. Offers in principle are extended within 48 hours to applicants meeting the standard academic criteria.

    English language requirements Below are the minimum scores that are accepted for non-native English speakers:

    • Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any band
    • TOEFL: 88 overall, with minimum scores of 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking, and 21 in Writing
    • Pearson PTE: 67 overall, with no less than 64 in any skill
    • Cambridge Advanced English: 176 overall, with no less than 169 in any component
    • LanguageCert ESOL SELT B2: Minimum score of 33 in each skill
    • Trinity ISE III: Pass in each skill
    • HKDSE: 4 overall, including three bands at grade 4 and one band at grade 3
    • India Standard XII: 80% in ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra; 75% in West Bengal; 85% in other state boards

    Exemptions apply if:

    • You’re from a majority English-speaking country
    • You’ve completed a degree in English in a specified country within two years of the start date
    • Nationals with a degree or GCSE English grade 4/C equivalent from specified countries, with no validity period for their degree or GCSE equivalent

    Ensure your language proficiency meets our standards for a successful academic experience at Birmingham University.

    This programme aims to elevate your expertise in public administration, merging governance strategies with innovative leadership approaches.

    • Master the principles of public management and governance, adapting to changing global and local environments.

    • Develop strategic leadership skills to set clear visions and drive effective public service initiatives.

    • Apply financial and strategic management techniques to optimise public resources and achieve sustainable development goals.

    • Utilise public policy research methods to analyse and improve programme and project management.

    • Enhance performance management skills to assess and elevate public sector efficiency.

    • Foster partnerships and collaboration, engaging with stakeholders to enhance democratic governance and participation.

    • Integrate technology and data analytics in managing public services, embracing the challenges of the information age.

    • Translate international agendas into actionable public sector strategies, contributing to global governance and policy implementation.

    Elevate your public service career with the University of Birmingham's MPA, leveraging an in-depth curriculum and insights from the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) for impactful governance and leadership.

    Masters in Public Administration

  • Masters Degree (Postgraduate)

  • 2.5 Years

  • Total tuition fee


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