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Make a difference to your community
The world of public service has changed, and with it so has the demand for a whole new set of skills and way of thinking. By introducing you to the latest, pioneering public service practices, strategies and global perspectives, our 100% Online Masters of Public Administration (MPA) will prepare you for today’s public sector challenges, equipping you with the tools to effect positive change, wherever you are in the world.
With the integration of the likes of AI and ‘big data’ into public service systems, today’s public servants need to be more forward-thinking and tech-savvy than ever. Packed with the latest ideas from around the world, with topics attuned to the current direction of the public sector, this Online MPA is all you need to progress in this dynamic field.
With content delivered by the prestigious Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) – the United Kingdom’s leading centre for the study of local public service management, policy and governance – the Online Masters of Public Administration is perfectly positioned to encourage progressive ideas and innovative thinking without having to set foot on campus.
It has been specifically designed for those who are seeking to take their career in public services further – whether it’s a move into a more senior role, a change in career, new department or shift into consultancy work. The online format meets the needs of working professionals who are balancing careers and personal commitments alongside their studies.
Your programme of study
With a focus on a diverse range of subject matter, exploring topics from public management to leadership and strategy, this 180-credit programme is split between twelve taught modules, plus a final dissertation. Spanning 2.5 years, you’ll have time to delve deeply into the module content and reflect on everything you’ve learnt.
To assess your understanding, you will be asked to complete written assignments, discussion boards, simulations and presentations.
Programme outcomes include:
- Understand public management and governance
- Navigate managerial leadership and global governance
- Apply individual strategies for public service career development
- Implement theoretical knowledge through real-world scenarios
- Deploy international perspectives on strategy and practice
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is an Online MPA worth it?
The challenges a public servant faces today – and the tools required to have at their disposal – have never been so diverse. If you’re looking to widen your remit and lead meaningful change in the public sector, pursuing an Online Masters of Public Administration will help you to do so.
What support will I have while studying the Online MPA?
You will learn from leading academics and industry figures, have access to community boards and instant messaging services, regular live discussions and support from a dedicated Student Services Coordinator – all to help guide you through your student journey. There is also access to 24/7 technical support, should you have any issues in accessing the virtual learning environment.
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Where can I study an Online MPA?
The fully online nature of this MPA means you don’t need to ever visit Birmingham to study. Providing that you have an internet connection and a suitable computer, you can complete the course from nearly anywhere in the world. That said, as a University of Birmingham student, you will have full access to the campus, should you ever find yourself nearby.
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Why study an MPA online?
Studying online allows you to further your career without having to take a break from working. If you’re already working in the public sector, you’ll have the chance to apply what you learn almost immediately, adding to the value that an online MPA brings. Studying this way also allows you to obtain your qualification from a highly respected university without needing to relocate or travel.
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