MBA Public Service

The MBA Public Service is a structured personal and professional development programme designed for current and future leaders working across the public, voluntary, third and commercial sectors. It is primarily targeted at middle to senior managers working in the UK across a range of public sector organisations such as the NHS; local and central government; the police; probation and the prison service. With its blend of generic management and specialist public service modules, however, the programme is also designed for a wider market of individuals in private and third sector jobs, in particular those involved in the delivery of contracted out public services.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

Study Options: Part time

Duration: 2.5-6 years flexible to fit in with your professional and personal commitments.

Start date: mid October (other flexible start dates throughout the year are available if required)

Contact

MBA Admissions Office: Victoria Harold
Tel:
+44 (0) 121 414 4378
Email: v.l.harold@bham.ac.uk|

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Details

The programme comprises eight taught modules and a research based dissertation, providing a blend of the fundamental management disciplines with issues of particular relevance to public service delivery. Five core management modules, covering strategy, marketing, HRM, finance, and international business, are drawn from the Business School’s UK Executive MBA and three specialist public sector management modules, covering governance, leadership and service commissioning, are drawn from Masters programmes delivered by the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) in the School of Government and Society.

The programme is primarily targeted at middle to senior managers working in UK public sector organisations such as the NHS, local and central government, the police and the prison service. With its blend of generic management and specialist public service modules, however, the programme is also designed for a wider market of individuals in private and third sector jobs, in particular those involved in the delivery of contracted out public services.

Why study this course

  • Long tradition and established track record of teaching business
  • The Birmingham MBA is AMBA accredited in all its forms
  • Established international reputation of School and University
  • State-of-the art teaching and learning facilities in purpose-built complex
  • Research led – cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching
  • Personal development programme and opportunities
  • Highly diverse multinational student groups
  • International syllabus with focus on the issues of globalisation
  • Flexible full and part-time formats to meet a wide variety of study needs
  • Generalist and specialist programmes
  • Excellent career management support
  • International study opportunities through offshore and joint programmes or exchanges
  • Friendly approachable academic and administrative staff dedicated to provide continuous support for your studies and other needs
  • Excellent IT provision including a wireless network for laptops
  • Based in a beautiful building with extensive landscaped grounds
  • Campus accommodation guarantee scheme for international students
  • Access to all the social, support and academic facilities of the University

Modules

The programme comprises taught modules and a 12,000 word research-based dissertation. 

As well as these modules, students will also participate in a Dissertation Skills Workshop.

Module Dates

View the MBA Public Service provisional module dates for 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Fees and funding

MBA Fees

Learn more about fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships  
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

MBA Scholarships

For further information contact the School directly or www.studenthelp.bham.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or an equivalent professional qualification, and a minimum of three years management experience. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this in more detail. 

Learn more about entry requirements

Additional information:

Participants can begin the MBA at various times throughout the year. The programme is campus-based, delivered part-time on an intensive, block modular basis. It comprises eight taught modules and a research based dissertation, providing a blend of the fundamental management disciplines with issues of particular relevance to public service delivery.

International students:

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements. Our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band); TOEFL IBT 88 (21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); Pearson Academic Test of English 59 (in all four skills).  

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: 

 

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Contact

MBA Admissions Office: Victoria Harold
Tel:
+44 (0) 121 414 4378
Email: v.l.harold@bham.ac.uk|

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Learning and teaching

 

  • Core taught elements in functional business disciplines. As a research-led School, the latest thinking and techniques can be rapidly incorporated and teaching kept at the cutting edge
  • Classes and seminars supplement lectures, where fuller analysis and discussion takes place and important business skills, such as analysis, argument and synthesis, can be developed
  • Case studies are used as a means of relating theory to practical situations and students will often work in small groups with other students on assignments designed to develop problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • A series of industrial seminars, given by outside speakers from industry and commerce, provides contemporary ‘real world’ perspectives on the business environment – recent visitors to the School have included Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England (and a former professor of the University of Birmingham) and Sir John Bond, Chairman of HSBC Holdings
  • Cross-Cultural Management skills are developed in a variety of workshops and Issues in Global Competitiveness are the focus of a specialist series of seminars
  • Researching and writing a project develops skills in information gathering, analysis and report writing
  • A supporting programme of consultant delivered career-development workshops allow you to reflect on the impact of what you have learnt on your future career development

Contact

MBA Admissions Office: Victoria Harold
Tel:
+44 (0) 121 414 4378
Email: v.l.harold@bham.ac.uk|

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Employability

Career opportunities

Students are expected to be in full-time employment while they study, but the programme will equip graduates to move into more senior management positions either in their own organization or elsewhere.

Birmingham Business School understands the importance of undertaking an MBA Business programme for your career development. Finding the right employment afterwards will clearly be an important objective and our primary aim is to help you do so.



The Careers in Business team and experienced consultants provide a specialist careers support service located in University House for the exclusive use of Business School postgraduates.

What our MBA graduates go on to do

For many who join us, the Birmingham MBA is a major step towards developing an international or strategic focus within their careers. Some accelerate successful careers with existing employers.  Others create potential for change.  Major directions include jobs in banking, business analysis and development, management and strategy consulting, corporate finance and investment, human resource management and marketing.

  • careersFinance/Banking/Accounting 32%
  • Consulting 13%
  • Hi-Technology/IT/Telecomms 9%
  • Healthcare/Pharmaceutical 9%
  • Media/Entertainment 4%
  • Government/Non-Profit 16%
  • Consumer Goods/Retail 6%
  • Other industries10%

‘Careers in Business’

Our in-house careers unit is for the exclusive use of postgraduate students in the Business School.  Their role is to support your career development and this can be done in a variety of ways.

  • Advice and guidance, provided by professionally qualified Careers Advisors, who offer individual consultations,
  • Career Development lectures and workshops and a Career Management skills programme;
  • Employer liaison, bringing in a variety of organisations to give presentations
  • Offer vacancies for full-time work and dissertation projects and deliver skills sessions and mock interviews.

Personal skills are increasingly valued by employers and this is reflected in our Personal Development module and Skills Series that include sessions on a wide variety of topics such as Networking, Team Working, Time Management, Leadership, Consulting Skills, Personal Image and Presentation, Assertiveness, Influencing and Persuading Skills, Stress Management and Emotional Intelligence.

‘Incubator’ support

Many students will have their own business idea that they would like to develop and we can provide support for this.  Our Entrepreneurship & Innovation Centre gives practical support for embryo businesses. The Centre provides professional office and meeting (incubator) space and one-to-one expert guidance and advice.  Access to the Business School network (industrial links, partners, advisers/mentors, alumni and other students) is available, as are networking events, work space, skills programmes, funding, and, where possible, access to the media. The Centre also runs a Postgraduate Enterprise Summer School, which MBAs are encouraged to attend, designed to prepare you to:

  • Develop a business idea from the concept stage to a fully fledged business proposition
  • Know the steps required to set up their own business
  • Be aware of the requirements to commercialise research in an academic environment.
  • Be able to work effectively in a team environment
  • Identify which role they are best suited to in a business team

Contact

MBA Admissions Office: Victoria Harold
Tel:
+44 (0) 121 414 4378
Email: v.l.harold@bham.ac.uk|

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