Courses

The range of activities that the University engages with across the field of public service is vast and involves not just the education of public service professionals through undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, but also research, consultancy and professional development across the public, private and third sectors.

The Public Service Academy (PSA) is the gateway to courses and professional development opportunities for both practitioners working across a range of organisations including;

  • Local Government;
  • The NHS;
  • Police;
  • Schools;     
  • Charities and the Third Sector; 
  • Commercial and Private Sector providers of public services.

The Public Service Academy (PSA) can also provide development opportunities for those seeking to develop a new career working with public services.

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Initial Teacher Training and Professional Development

Postgraduate Diploma Primary Education (PGCE Advanced) General Primary or Early Years

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education (PGCE Advanced)will enable you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales. It is designed to enable you to become a reflective, confident practitioner having acquired a range of skills and [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS)

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

Like a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) the Post-Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (PGDipEd)is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) however it has the advantage of offering 120 credits which may be used towards our MEd [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - English

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

This PGDipEd (QTS) English courseis designed to enable you to become a reflective, confident practitioner having acquired a range of skills and expertise, as well as a strong conceptual framework about education, children, English and classroom teaching. The course has [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Geography

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

This PGDipEd (QTS) Geography courseis recognised as one of the strongest in the country. The course benefits from its supportive partnerships with geography mentors in a variety of schools in the West Midlands. It offers opportunities to learn in a range of settings, [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - History and History & Citizenship

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

The History and History & Citizenship PGDipEd (QTS) coursehas been praised by both Ofsted and the external examiner for its innovative approach, our commitment to supporting student teachers as they develop and our close links with our placement schools. We are [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) –Modern Languages (French/Spanish/German)

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

Like a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) however it has the advantage of offering 120 credits which may be used towards our MEd in [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Modern Languages: French

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

At the University of Birmingham we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible, and this is why we offer a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) rather than a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Modern Languages: German

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

At the University of Birmingham we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible, and this is why we offer a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) rather than a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Modern Languages: German and French

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

At the University of Birmingham we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible, and this is why we offer a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) rather than a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Modern Languages: Spanish

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

At the University of Birmingham we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible, and this is why we offer a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) rather than a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Physical Education

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

This one year Physical Education PGDipEd (QTS) courseis considered to be a high quality course as identified by the Ofsted subject inspection. The course tries to develop a deep understanding of issues and complexities which surround the teaching and learning of [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Physics with Mathematics

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

If you are a graduate Engineer or Physicist who would prefer to teach Physics with Mathematics, our new Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Physics with Mathematicscourse offers you this opportunity. This course will appeal to with an engineering or [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Religious Education

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

This Initial Teacher Education course in Religious Educationreceived the top grade in all areas in the last Ofsted subject inspection. The course tries to develop a deep understanding of issues and complexities which surround the teaching and learning of religious [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Science: Biology

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

This Science: Biology one-year PGDipEd (QTS) courseprepares you for life as a science teacher, with a specialism in biology. The course develops your skills and abilities in understanding the complexities which surround the teaching and learning of science; the subject [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Science: Chemistry

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

The PGDipEd (QTS) Science: Chemistry courseis noted for the support that it provides, and the quality of the partnership between schools and the University. This high status extends into the early years of teaching, where demand for trainees from Birmingham is high, and [more...]

Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Science: Physics

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

The Science: Physics one-year PGDipEd (QTS) courseis structured to develop a deep understanding of the pedagogy and didactics of Physics, grounded in practical competence in classrooms. You will be challenged to develop informed and justified decisions about how you [more...]

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Local Government and Public Management

Public Management (Local Policy and Leadership) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Full time, part time

This programme, which aims to build knowledge, skills and confidence for careers in the public service, is an updated version of our market-leading MSc in Public Service Management. It is aimed at both experienced practitioners from the public and voluntary sectors and [more...]

Public Management MSc/PGDip/PGCert

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Full time, part time

This programme, which aims to build knowledge, skills and confidence for careers in the public service, is an updated version of our market-leading MSc in Public Service Management. It is aimed at both experienced practitioners from the public and voluntary sectors and [more...]

Public Service Commissioning MSc/PGDip/GDip/PGCert/GCert

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Full time, part time

This programme develops your understanding of the politics, principles, evidence and skills associated with public service commissioning and how these interact across organisational boundaries. It is designed for senior managers and policy-makers working in or with [more...]

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Health Services Management

Health Care Policy and Management MSc/PGDip

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Full time, part time

The MSc Health Care Policy and Management, provides both theoretical frameworks and practical tools that can be applied to health systems in the UK and overseas, designed for senior managers, clinicians and policy makers working [more...]

Leadership for Health Services Improvement MSc/PGDip/PGCert

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Part time

The Leadership for Health Services Improvement MSc/PG Diploma explores the theory, principles and practice of leadership and service improvement in health-related organisations with exploration of key issues relating to the individual (leadership values and [more...]

Public Service Commissioning MSc/PGDip/GDip/PGCert/GCert

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Full time, part time

This programme develops your understanding of the politics, principles, evidence and skills associated with public service commissioning and how these interact across organisational boundaries. It is designed for senior managers and policy-makers working in or with [more...]

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Social Policy and Social Care

Health Care Policy and Management MSc/PGDip

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Full time, part time

The MSc Health Care Policy and Management, provides both theoretical frameworks and practical tools that can be applied to health systems in the UK and overseas, designed for senior managers, clinicians and policy makers working [more...]

Leadership for Health Services Improvement MSc/PGDip/PGCert

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Part time

The Leadership for Health Services Improvement MSc/PG Diploma explores the theory, principles and practice of leadership and service improvement in health-related organisations with exploration of key issues relating to the individual (leadership values and [more...]

Public Service Commissioning MSc/PGDip/GDip/PGCert/GCert

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Full time, part time

This programme develops your understanding of the politics, principles, evidence and skills associated with public service commissioning and how these interact across organisational boundaries. It is designed for senior managers and policy-makers working in or with [more...]

Migration, Superdiversity and Policy MA/Diploma/Certificate

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time, part time

The MA Migration, Superdiversity and Policy will explore the social, economic and political impacts of international migration and examine current, proposed and ideal approaches to welfare provision in the era of superdiversity. It will explore data to [more...]

Policy into Practice MA/Diploma/Certificate

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time, part time

The study of Policy into Practice concerns the development and nature of government interventions aimed at ensuring the welfare needs of their populations are met, and the ways those interventions are put into effect. Starting from an examination of UK social policy, the [more...]

Policy into Practice (with Integrated Placement) MA/PG Diploma

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

This programme has been designed primarily for international students who are government officers or who have work experience in social policy areas. It includes a work-based placement within one or more public, private or third sector organisations in the West Midlands [more...]

Social Policy MA/Diploma/Certificate

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time, part time

The MA Social Policy aims to introduce you to the study of social policyboth from a British and international perspective. It explores the subject within the context of broader political, social, economic and demographic developments. The programme is designed for those [more...]

Social Work MA

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

The MA Social Work enables those with a BA degree to obtain the new professional qualification in Social Work, as well as a Masters degree. The University of Birmingham is the oldest running social work education programme in the country and we are proud of our history. [more...]

Leadership and Management for Social Work MA/Postgraduate Diploma/Post-qualifying (Higher Specialist) Award

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Part time

The Leadership and Management Programmes offered by the Institute of Applied Social Studies (IASS) in the School of Social Policy, provide critically aware and research-based knowledge relating to the crucial areas of leadership and management practice for social [more...]

Leadership and Management for Social Care MA/Postgraduate Diploma

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Part time

The Leadership and Management Programmes offered by the Institute of Applied Social Studies (IASS) provide critically aware and research-based knowledge relating to the crucial areas of leadership and management practice for social work and social care. It is designed to [more...]

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Business

Human Resource Management with CIPD Pathway

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Full time

The MSc HRM (with CIPD Pathway) offers a set of core modules, which provide access to CIPD membership and a greater focus on the development of professional managerial skills.

Global Banking and Finance MBA

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Full time

The Global Banking and Finance MBA is designed for professionals who aspire to a career in global banking and finance. It will guide you through management and technical skills, and develop you into a broadly knowledgeable professional, capable of performing at the top [more...]

Human Resource Management MSc

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

Many organisations claim 'our people are our most important asset', and the human resource management function is increasingly significant to business strategy and success. Activities such as recruitment, selection, managing labour relations, training and career [more...]

International Accounting and Finance MSc

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

This programme, accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), aims to give you a deep knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature that provides the background to understanding changes and innovations in accounting and finance and [more...]

International Marketing MSc

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

This is a conversion programme for applicants without previous knowledge or experience in marketing, but who wish to particularly explore the theory, principles and practice of marketing in the context of a global market environment and the challenges of marketing across [more...]

International Business MSc

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

For graduates wishing to develop a career in international business, a wide range of opportunities exists. The programme draws on the talents of internationally respected scholars and highly respected teachers whose expertise covers globalisation, the international [more...]

Investments MSc

  • Postgraduate
  • Taught
  • Full time

This demanding programme teaches theories and techniques of investments, as well as their real-life application. It is designed for graduates who want to develop a career in investment institutions, or who wish to become investments specialists or managers in other [more...]

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