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University of Birmingham: Online Masters of Public Administration

The University of Birmingham’s Online Masters of Public Administration encourages progressive ideas and innovative thinking remotely

Designed to equip public sector professionals with the tools necessary to help make a positive difference and help manage change in their sphere, the University of Birmingham’s 100% Online Masters of Public Administration will allow you to evaluate your impact within local governance and strategic public management.

Delivered through the prestigious Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) – the United Kingdom’s leading centre for the study of local public service management, policy and governance – this programme is perfectly positioned to encourage progressive ideas and innovative thinking without having to set foot on campus.

“This programme was without a doubt the most appropriate academic path for me. I could have gone to many other competitive schools to obtain my masters, but the University of Birmingham offered a world-renowned reputation for excellence, the most flexibility, affordability, attentive academic staff, and most importantly; the convenient part-time timeframe.” (Vanna Curi, Online Masters of Public Administration).

From the outset, you will have access to employment advice and one-to-one coaching to confirm your goals, helping you to shape the future of public services. Gain the necessary skills and progressive insights to make an impact in your sphere.

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Lead change in the public sector

The Online Masters of Public Administration has been specifically designed for those who are seeking to take their career in public services further – whether it’s a move into a more senior role, a new department or even a shift into consultancy work.

Studying the Online Masters of Public Administration takes approximately 2.5 years to complete. It is a 180-credit programme (including a 60-credit dissertation).

Year one core modules:

  • Public Management and Governance in a Changing World
  • Leadership in Public Services
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Public Money
  • Delivering Services and Outcomes
  • Public Policy Research Methods

Year two core modules:

  • Programme Management
  • Performance Management
  • Partnership and Collaboration
  • Democracy, Governance and Participation
  • Managing in a Political Environment
  • Managing the Information Age


“This programme is helping me to identify gaps and resolve problems faster and more effectively. It is helping me view local government through wider lenses and a future towards e-governments, greater public involvement and co-production of services and delivery.” Ana Soochit, Online Masters of Public Administration.

There are three intakes a year. Students can join the programme in March, June or October.

In order to be accepted onto the Online Masters of Public Administration, applicants must possess:

  • At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent
  • 5 GPA
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose
  • For international students, standard English language requirements apply. You must have an IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

For detailed pricing information and to find out more about the payment methods available, please request information and a member of the admissions team will be in touch to discuss your enquiry.

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