Postgraduate microcredentials in public administration

Now is the time. Activate your future.

Build specialised expertise in public administration

The University of Birmingham’s online short courses in public administration will help you gain the leadership and governance skills you need to shape the future of public service. You’ll engage in hands-on modules led by expert lecturers to apply new knowledge right away in your current role.

Flexible, 100% online modules

£1,250 total tuition

INLOGOV-led microcredential

Top 100 university1

#4 in the UK for online learning2

Make Birmingham yours

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Gain new skills from short courses

Broaden your knowledge in public service with eight-week short courses from a university that’s top-rated in social policy. Complete just one microcredential or take all nine as part of the Online Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme.

Available microcredentials

  • Democracy, governance and participation
  • Leadership in public services
  • Managing in a political environment
  • Managing public money
  • Partnership and collaboration
  • Performance management
  • Programme and project management
  • Public management and governance in a changing world
  • Strategic management

Excellence in distance learning

The University of Birmingham’s online courses encourage students to elevate their ideas and reshape the world. You’ll have the freedom to study whenever and wherever it works best for you while benefitting from world-class instruction delivered by the same lecturers and faculty experts who teach on campus. Enjoy the flexibility of online learning with convenient modules that prioritize immersive activities and lively discussions. Graduate poised to step into your desired role with new knowledge and skills gained from a research-informed, career-centred programme.

Flexible entry criteria

Birmingham values your experience as a dedicated public servant, and our commitment to student success sets the stage for life-changing educational experiences. Entry criteria are detailed below.

Easy to apply

Students who have obtained an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university are eligible for standard academic entry. See the detailed entry requirements below.

Certificate/transcriptsStudent must have obtained (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university OR an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.
Additional documentation
  • Complete the online application
  • Supply an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) demonstrating your academic and work experience, plus any other skills that may support your application
  • Optional: Submit a personal statement uploaded in PDF format
Evidence of language (if applicable)If English is not your first language, you will also need to supply an up-to-date English language certificate. Please see the detailed language criteria listed below.

Alternative paths to entry

Students seeking non-standard academic entry may pursue the following routes.

  • The degree or equivalent qualification must be from a UK university or recognised institution
  • You must provide evidence of at least 1-5 years of relevant work experience in the public sector
  • You must also submit one reference. Your reference can be either be uploaded to your application by your referee or email directly to your Student Recruitment Coordinator
  • Optional: Submit a personal statement uploaded in PDF format
  • The degree or equivalent qualification must be from a UK university or recognised institution
  • The student must provide evidence of at least 5-7 years of relevant senior experience in the public sector
  • You must also submit one reference. Your reference can be either be uploaded to your application by your referee or email directly to your Student Recruitment Coordinator
  • Optional: Submit a personal statement uploaded in PDF format
  • Without a degree, the student must provide evidence of 8+ years of senior work experience in the public sector
  • You must also submit one reference. Your reference can be either be uploaded to your application by your referee or email directly to your Student Recruitment Coordinator
  • Optional: Submit a personal statement uploaded in PDF format

Earn an internationally recognized microcredential

At Birmingham University, we’re shaping the future of industries through pioneering research and world-class degree programmes that prepare graduates to better serve the global community. We pride ourselves in welcoming and supporting international students – as of 2023, 62% of our online public administration students are international and reside in 70 different nations outside the UK.

If English is not your first language, you will need to supply an up-to-date English language certificate. See the details below.

  • Academic IELTS certificates with a score of 6.5, and no less than 5.5 in any band
  • TOEFL with a score of 88, and no less than 21 in ‘Reading’, 20 in ‘Listening’, 22 in ‘Speaking’, and 21 in ‘Writing’
  • Pearson PTE with a score of 67 and no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge Advanced English with a minimum overall score of 176 and no less than 169 in any component
  • Language Cert ESOL SELT B2 ‘Communicator’ test certificate with a minimum score of 33 in each skill
  • Trinity ISE III with a ‘Pass’ in each skill
  • HKDSE with a minimum score of 4 overall, to include three bands at grade 4 and one band at grade 3
  • India Standard XII with a minimum pass of 80% in ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 75% in West Bengal, or 85% in other state boards

You may not need to provide evidence of your English language abilities if:

  • You’re from a specified majority English-speaking country
  • You’ve completed a degree in English in a specified country within two years of your intended start date

If nationals from the following countries have a degree or GCSE English grade 4/C equivalent taken, then they do not need to provide a test and there is no validity period for their degree or GCSE equivalent.

Nationals of other countries can be exempt if they hold a degree from one of the below countries within the last two academic years:

  • Australia
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • British Overseas Territories
    • Anguilla
    • Bermuda
    • British Antarctic Territory
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Cayman Islands
    • Falkland Islands (and Dependencies)
      • South Georgia
      • South Sandwich Islands
    • Gibraltar
    • Montserrat
    • Pitcairn
    • Henderson
    • Ducie and Oeno Islands
    • Saint Helena (and Dependencies)
      • Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Brunei
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Kenya
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • West Indies
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Jamaica
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Transparent tuition costs

The estimated total cost of a single short course is £1,250 GBP, and payments should be made in full. Programme fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change each academic year.

No hidden fees

Studying for your degree at Birmingham means knowing the cost of tuition before you enroll. Our tuition covers all fees required by your programme, including access to our entire e-library and the online learning materials required for your modules. You won’t encounter any hidden costs on your path to graduation.

Flexible exit

Save time and money by completing only the microcredentials that meet your needs. Easily balance your professional and personal schedule while gaining the tools you need to get ahead by choosing the affordable short courses that further your goals.

Effect real change in your community

Completing a short course in public administration at Birmingham means investing in the expertise you need to better serve the public and take your career to the next level. In convenient online modules, you’ll develop new skills in leadership, governance and performance management and complete your microcredential ready to confidently take the next step in your career. Public administration students pursue positions such as policy and performance lead, QA officer, finance secretary and regional security officer, among others.

“Studying online has many advantages which include being able to study from the comfort of my own home, at times of my own choosing, with all the appropriate readings for each lesson available online. I also have the opportunity to get to interact with fellow ‘classmates’ via discussion forums and online webinars.”
– Sharon Clayton, Online graduate

We do more than educate. We inspire. We activate.

The University of Birmingham’s 100% online degree programmes are designed to the same standards as our on-campus courses, with research-informed content and the latest in digital learning techniques. Study whenever and wherever it suits you in flexible, career-centred modules with instruction from the foremost experts in your field. Take the first step in transforming your career today by learning more about our programmes and finding out why we’re regularly recognised as a top research and learning university.

Top 100 university1

#4 in the UK for online learning2

#1 in UK for teaching local governance

Top UK employers seek our graduates3

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11th in the UK for Social Policy3

Bronze Athena SWAN awarded in 2020

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References

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  2. Beckett, Max. “Online Learning Index.” Uswitch. 2 Nov. 2022. Retrieved 10 Jan. 2024 from https://uswitch.com/“QS World University Rankings 2023.”
  3. “The graduate market in 2024.” High Fliers Research Limited. Retrieved 10 Jun. 2024 from https://www.highfliers.co.uk.