Online Public Administration, Masters

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

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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.

“I pursued an online Masters of Public Administration because it 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 was the one that offered the most flexibility, affordability, attentive academic staff, and most importantly; the convenient part-time timeframe.”

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

Programme Structure

The University of Birmingham’s online MPA is a 30-month, 180-credit course (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 
  • Delivery 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

Year three dissertation

  • Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • 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.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You don’t need a visa to study in this programme.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 11765 National

*Prices are subject to change each academic year.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.