Now accepting Spring 2022 applications. We have three intakes per year: Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Online Masters of Public Administration

Russell Group member

Bronze Athena SWAN

60% international students

INLOGOV-led programme1

Transform your tomorrow

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Make positive changes in the public sector

Advance with world-class learning at a top-100, leading university

As some of the best UK public administrators partner together through COVID-19 and beyond,2 a masters of public administration could be the right degree for you to earn. You’ll master skills that help large populations to heal. You can become a partner to start to rebuild fragile economies and fractured health systems through the learning you receive from a prestigious and trusted institution. The University of Birmingham’s Masters of Public Administration degree offers a convenient online format so that you can start working toward a better tomorrow today, applying your learnings in real-time in your current role. With advanced knowledge, you’ll be able to make positive changes as we look at life together through a global lens.

The University of Birmingham has the strength and variety of programmes to suit your individual needs and interests, backed by the academic expertise and influence, support and facilities of a top 100 public research and teaching university. You’ll benefit from both academic and personal development to achieve success and ensure your degree is an asset in your future prospects.

“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

More knowledge equals a better prepared public servant

Drawing on real-world expertise from both lecturers and external experts, the University of Birmingham Masters of Public Administration (MPA) online programme covers topics from leadership and governance to partnership strategy and public policy. This broad range of subject matter ensures the programme is relevant to your day-to-day work. By the time you graduate, you’ll have mastered how public management and governance work so you can navigate managerial leadership and global governance and turn theoretical knowledge into real-world scenarios. Below is a sample of what you’ll study through reading, interactive live lectures, discussion forums and group activities in an engaging, online format.

Public management and governance in a changing world

Gain an overview of the development and dynamics of management and the governance of public services. Focus on the role of the state in societies around the world and contemporary issues in the delivery of services by governments.

Leadership in public services

Learn the importance of leadership in public management and positions within government. Discuss the changing nature of leadership challenges in public service globally and develop effective and applicable leadership skills which you can apply to your career immediately.

Democracy, governance and participation

Develop a strong understanding of the theories that influence representative democracy and the challenges in changing societies around the world. Cover new forms of participation and models of government, both traditional and emerging.

Managing in a political environment

Study the role of political leadership in public management as well as the role of public sector managers in supporting this leadership, including the provision of expert advice. Apply the skills needed to manage the interface between political and managerial leadership.

Unable to commit to a full programme of study? Why not explore our short courses in public administration. Offered as a series of short, 8-week online microcredentials with busy professionals in mind, they will offer you the tools you need to get ahead in the ever-changing field of public service.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Online Masters of Public Administration, you will need to 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.

Looking to learn whether you will meet our entry criteria? Submit your degree certificate (or equivalent) to onlineadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk for a pre-check. A member of the admissions team will provide feedback within 48 hours.

International students

If English is not your first language, you will need to also supply an up-to-date English language certificate. We accept up-to-date Academic IELTS certificates with a score of 6.5, and no less than 6.0 in any of the elements.

Start dates

  • February
  • June
  • October

Duration

2.5 years

Shape communities in public or private sectors

Your goal is to help people, and with a masters of public administration degree, you can enter myriad roles with lucrative compensation. Depending on your interests and goals, you can enter an array of agencies with your MPA, including but not limited to the EPA, EEOC, FDIC, FEMA, NASA, NRC, SBA and more.3

Top 10 jobs for public administrators

  1. Strategic change manager
  2. Policy lead
  3. Policy and performance lead
  4. Senior policy officer
  5. Finance secretary
  6. Corporate officer
  7. Town clerk
  8. QA officer
  9. Assistant director of corporate services
  10. Regional security officer

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References

  1. “UK’s leading academic centre on local governance and strategic public management.” Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV). Retrieved on June 21, 2021 from https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/government/departments/local-government-studies/index.aspx.
  2. “Covid-19 and Beyond: Lessons from the Crisis.” Centre for Partnering Group. Retrieved on June 21, 2021 from https://www.centreforpartnering.org/covid-19-and-beyond-lessons-from-the-crisis/.
  3. “The Best Public Administration Careers for 2021.” Administrationjobs.com. Retrieved on June 21, 2021 from https://administrationjobs.com/career-advice/public-administration-careers/.