This is an international masters programme, for aspiring public service professionals and for all those seeking to further a career in governmental organisations, public agencies or the management of public services, whether at local, regional, national or international levels, worldwide. Since the programme was founded in 2009 it has attracted students from Azerbaijan, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, Moldova, Russian Federation, South Africa, South Sudan, St Kitts, St Lucia, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam.
The programme intended to provide students with:
A rigorous and culturally-sensitive understanding of the key concepts and issues underpinning the practice of public administration internationally
The ability to critically analyse structures and processes in public administration and service management.
A thorough understanding of the processes of public policy and management and the factors that may influence the success or failure of public policies
An understanding of the relationship between leadership and management in government.
A critical understanding of public finance at international, national and sub-national levels
The programme consists of three compulsory modules, three optional modules and a dissertation. The dissertation is on a topic of your choosing, within the overall subject area of Public Administration.
There is a one-week field trip at the end of the second term, which aims to study, through a series of meetings with public officials and country experts, the system of public administration in the country visited and the degree to which it meets the strategic challenges faced by that country. Countries visited in previous years include: Romania (2009), Turkey (2010, 2011), Germany (2012), Austria (2013), Azerbaijan (2013).
Fees for 2014 - 15:
UK/EU full-time: £10,260
UK/EU part-time: £5,130
International full-time: £13,665
Please check with the Department for the latest fees information.
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Scholarships and studentships
IDD offers up to four bursaries up to the value of 50% of students' fees (Home or EU). Please contact the Department directly for more information (tel: +44 (0)121 414 5034; email: email@example.com). Scholarships may also be available.
International students can often gain funding through charitable foundations, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
For further information contact the School directly or visit studenthelp.bham.ac.uk
The normal admission requirement for our taught postgraduate programmes is a good first degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Subject to interview and a written statement, candidates without a first degree who have work experience relevant to the study of local policy and politics, may be admitted.
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We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: