MSc / Certificate in Public Management:
Weekend Study Blocks

Differentiate yourself as an effective public service practitioner in these competitive times through participation on our modular post-graduate programme in Public Management. There has never been a better time than now to develop your skills and invest in your career.

Our programme is designed to benefit you, your employing organisation and your sector, with a weekend block structure chosen to enable you to study without compromising your work commitments.

The Benefits

  • For you: You will be working towards an internationally-recognised qualification, and acquiring a sophisticated understanding of the strategic issues around public management practice.
  • For your organisation: You employer will garner the benefit of your enhanced knowledge, skill and confidence to handle complex issues effectively and to develop breakthrough solutions to the confronting challenges for the agency and its public service responsibilities.
  • For your sector: Your sector of public service, be it central or local government, health, care, education, justice or voluntary services, will also reap the benefits as the calibre of its professionals and managers grows and develops.

Weekend Study Blocks

For PG Certificate, and with the option of further progression to MSc Degree through completion of three further modules and a dissertation.

Induction Day - 15 January 2011

Forthcoming modules:

Collaborative Strategy - 22, 23 January 2011 and 05, 06 February 2011

Strategic management and the public sector - network governance - partnerships and collaborative working - inter-agency relationships - joint arrangements and shared services management.

Outcomes, Performance and Resources - 02, 03 April 2011 and 16, 17 April 2011

Achieving policy outcome and impacts - stakeholders, service users, citizens and communities - efficiency, effectiveness, quality and value for money - performance management and quality systems.

Public Management and Governance - 03, 04 September 2011 and 17, 18 September 2011

The nature of public management and governance - roles of the state - new public management - accountability - models of democracy - risk management and regulation - ethics and good governance.

Opportunity to extend your studies to MSc from September 2011 onwards by taking three further modules* and completing a dissertation as follows:  

Module 4: Public Policy Research Methods*

Module 5: Elective I*

Module 6: Elective II*

Dissertation: Working on your chosen subject through the year (with an assigned academic supervisor) and submitting a 10-15,000 word dissertation by September 2012 in time for graduation at our Degree Congregation

*Please note that Modules 4-6 may be delivered on weekdays rather than at weekends since they are also provided for other programmes which are taught in the week.

A supportive learning environment

The modules will be delivered in Priorsfield, our dedicated postgraduate teaching centre and elegant Edwardian house close to the heart of the Birmingham campus and which provides a very comfortable and well-appointed environment for study. The University train station is within walking distance and there is ample car parking at Priorsfield, which is adjacent to the University’s Conference Park facilities for those wanting overnight residential accommodation.

As registered students of the University, our programme participants enjoy access to the University’s main library and to the increasingly large collection of electronic journals and other on-line learning materials via the internet.

Participants are assigned a personal tutor (from our academic staff team) for the duration of their studies.  They are also supplied with a Programme Handbook, copies of all learning materials and a Module Handbook for each module (containing the module timetable, reading lists and details about the assessment process ).

Weekend Study Block Schedule

Each of the three modules will be delivered over two weekend blocks (with an intervening free weekend). The sessions run from 10.00am until 9.00pm on the Saturdays and from 9.30am until 4.30pm on the Sundays, with refreshment, lunch and supper breaks.


Assessment is wholly by assignments - normally two assignments per module (one based on each weekend block)

Admission requirements

The normal admission requirement for postgraduate programmes is a good honours degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Candidates without a first degree but with relevant public service experience may also be admitted subject to interview (and sometimes to a special test).  


The fee for the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Management in 2010 is £3,250. This fee covers the costs of tuition, assessment costs, provision of module materials, refreshments and light lunches. It excludes the provision of evening meals and/or overnight accommodation and also provision of books.

For further information Please contact: Sarah Smith (Programme Administrator)
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8390 Fax: +44 (0)121 414 8452 Email: