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Online Masters of Public Administration

Expand your experience, advance your skillset and become a leader and a pioneer of public service at home or abroad.


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Lead positive change

Our Online Masters of Public Administration (MPA) is designed to offer busy public sector professionals the opportunity to progress their careers at national and international levels.

Taught by the prestigious Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), our Online MPA is perfectly positioned to encourage progressive ideas. INLOGOV is the leading UK centre for the study of local public service management, policy and governance, known nationally as the instigator of innovative thinking for public servants.

Throughout the programme, we will hone your skills to help you develop the leadership acumen to strategically manage the public policies that will make a difference to people’s lives.

Studying the Online MPA with the University of Birmingham also gives you the skills and confidence to pursue a change in career, whether that is a move to a new department within the public or voluntary sector or a shift to a consultancy role.

There are a number of diverse career choices available both in the UK and abroad for those with the right level of education and global expertise. Furthermore, in the current environment of austerity, individuals with the know-how and the tools to drive sector efficiencies are key to the future success of our public services.

Streamline your studies, connect with lecturers and collaborate with peers; find out how online learning with the University of Birmingham can empower you to greater things.

I pursued an Online Masters of Public Administration because it was without a doubt the most appropriate academic path for me. My undeniably strong interest in further developing my skills and knowledge through The University of Birmingham was also not a difficult conclusion to reach. I was fully aware of the University’s world-renowned reputation for excellence, high research activity and academic diversity.

Vanna Curi, Programme Coordinator, International Association of Immunization Managers. From Europe, now living in the USA.

Gain practical expertise in the public sector

The Online MPA takes a very practical approach to learning, driven by case studies intended to bring the course to life. By leveraging examples from the world of public service, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of key strategies and learn how to apply this knowledge to lead change.

To help broaden your learning with diverse theories, the course is led by experts in their field, who bring years of practical experience from all across the globe. Our inclusive approach to international students adds to the global dynamic and the opportunity to be empowered by new ideas.

Taught through INLOGOV, our Online Masters of Public Administration supports progressive thinking around public service and offers you access to an international network of industry leaders and experts, furthering your insights and influence.

Why choose this course?

  • Build a practical understanding of public management and governance
  • Further skills for the effective navigation of managerial leadership
  • Participate in joint learning exercises on global governance
  • Develop individual strategies for public service career development
  • Actively apply theoretical knowledge through real-world scenarios
  • Gain international perspective of strategy and practices

Throughout the online programme, you will benefit from a broad suite of innovative learning techniques designed to make the course more engaging. And since the course is 100% online, you have the added benefit of studying at a time that suits you, giving you flexibility around existing family and career commitments.

Our virtual learning experience includes the following benefits:

  • Video lectures designed and delivered by our acclaimed teaching staff
  • Interactive assignments enabling you to participate in online learning exercises
  • Real-life case studies offering you skills that can be applied immediately
  • Social interaction with peers, professors and tutors to make you more connected
  • Digital resources to help you enrol, resolve technical enquiries and develop your career

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2Local Government Chronicle (2014)


2.5 years

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Entry requirements:

  • At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent 3.0 GPA
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose
  • Academic and professional qualifications or industrial experience are normally taken into account

International students:

With the exception of Graduate Diploma Students, applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

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