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Today's public practitioners must demonstrate clear understanding in the management of public services and contemporary public policy. They must also be able to offer confident leadership in formulating and implementing appropriate strategies to address them.
The programme provides an opportunity for you to develop your understanding of democratic governance and the challenges of improving performance and co-ordinating public services and governmental processes. You will reflect on the changing demands affecting public organisations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, building your knowledge base, leadership skills and self-confidence.
Who is the programme for?
This programme builds knowledge, skills and confidence for careers in the health, social care and associated sectors. We also attract international students seeking to learn about modern public service delivery, recent graduates seeking a further career to underpin a future career in the public sector and related sectors king to expand the knowledge base in the public management of health and social care.
The programme can be studied part-time over two / three years or full-time in one year. Modules are scheduled particularly to suit part-time study in taught units on campus. These are usually taught over blocks units of two of three consecutive days at our dedicated postgraduate teaching accommodation at the University of Birmingham. In response to work pressures on hard-pressed practitioners, we also deliver some of our material using online teaching and assessment methods – blending both personal contact when on-campus with the ability to work from home.
Participants may opt for a pay-as-you-go approach rather than apply for a whole programme. Providing you complete the requisite number of core modules, you can develop your programme as you progress through your study – adding flexibility of study with your ability to pay. All requisite modules must be completed within six years.
You can build up a programme by taking the appropriate number of credits for each type of programme: Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits); Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Masters Degree (180 credits).
If you have already completed individual modules as an ‘occasional student’, these can be counted towards further study.
Are you an employer?
If you are an employer seeking to send a group of participants or seeking to develop a version of this programme to be delivered at your own premises, please contact Philip Whiteman on special rates and specifications: email@example.com.
Specialist pathways are also available for individuals seeking a more focussed programme in Public Management:
Participants are required to take at least four core modules towards your MSc/PG Dip programme (or three for PG Cert programmes). Beyond that, you can select optional modules taught throughout the College of Social Sciences, that appeal to your interests and to bolster specialisms related to current or future career interests.
Compulsory core modules:
*compulsory for PGCert participants.
** typical Health Service Management Centre modules include: Health Services Management; Health and Health Care Policy; An Introduction to Organisational Development for Health and Social Care; Public and User Involvement in Health and Social Care; Quality and Service Improvement in Health and Social Care.
Students can undertake optional modules from within INLOGOV, for example from the Public Service Commissioning Programme (see list below). Further optional modules are also available from elsewhere within the College of Social Sciences, for example from the Health Services Management Centre, Institute of Applied Social Studies, International Development Department or The Birmingham Business School. For further information, please contact Sarah Smith; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Optional modules directly delivered by INLOGOV:
Fees for 2015 - 16:
Home and EU full-time: £8,730
Home and EU part-time: £4,365*
Overseas full-time only: £14,140
Home and EU full-time: £5,820
Home and EU part time: £2,910*
Overseas full-time only: £9,427
Home and EU full-time: £2,910
Home and EU part time: £2,910*
Overseas full-time only: £4,365
* Fees for the second year are likely to rise with inflation. Please check with the Department for the latest fees information.
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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, 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 other taught postgraduate programmes is a good first degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Subject to interview (and sometimes to a special test) candidates without a first degree may be admitted. Candidates without such qualifications who wish to complete an MSc may initially be registered for a Graduate Certificate/Diploma, and then, subject to satisfactory performance, their registration will be upgraded to Postgraduate level (Certificate/Diploma or MSc).
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Standard English language requirements apply with the exception of Graduate Diploma students who must have IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band.
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: