MPA Masters in Public Administration (Human Resources)

Start date
September/January
Duration
12 months full time, 24 months part time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees

£9,250 FT (Home/EU students)
£4,625 PT (Home/EU students)
£18,450 FT (Overseas students)
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Our MPA Masters in Public Administration (Human Resources) is aimed at those who aspire to a career in public management in government, public agencies or non-governmental organisations working with government, whether at local, regional, national or international levels, worldwide.

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Information for future students and applicants

The MPA is an international masters programme which will encourage you to consider and analyse how a changing global environment has shaped the ways in which work is organised and managed and how ideas about leadership and management may be applied in response to different problems and challenges.

The Human Resources MPA pathway is designed for those who are interested in human resource management and development in the public, state or NGO sectors in developing, transitional or newly-industrialised countries. This is primarily a public sector management, not a business management, programme, although the themes covered are relevant to both sectors. 

On this pathway you will explore current and recent trends in public administration and human resources, focusing on relationship between hard and soft approaches to the analysis and practice of management. For example, between human resources management and human resource development. You will also examine the interaction between organisational structure, culture, power and motivation in public administration and in international organisations. 

The degree uses a diagnostic case study approach in its core modules, with an emphasis on practical, theoretically-informed discussion and strategy development. You may choose any relevent subject for your dissertation, with the final topic agreed between you and your assigned supervisor.

Why study this course?

This is an MPA programme aimed at people already working within, or closely with, the public sector, or wanting to join the sector, particularly within developing or newly industrialised countries. The programme:

  • Has a strong international focus, using examples from many countries and being relevant to many countries, and with an international student body.
  • Includes a study visit, to learn about public administration and strategy in a particular context, with meetings with a range of public sector and associated bodies. There are two locations to choose from each year – destinations in recent years include St Petersburg, Guangzhou, Vienna, Berlin.
  • Does not require or assume prior knowledge or experience of public sector management or human resource management.
  • Has a wide range of optional modules .
This programme is closed to international applicants to join in September 2020, however a January start is available which you can now apply for. UK/EU applicants may apply to join this programme either in September or January.

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Modules

This pathway is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose half of the MPA taught content from a wide range of optional modules.

The degree has three 20 credit core modules:

You will take a further 60 taught credits and complete a 60 credit dissertation

See the module choices in:

If you are considering applying for the programme beginning in January 2021 we are currently working through the range of optional modules which will be available to you. You can be reassured that we will ensure the same high quality learning outcomes are met for all students starting in January. Please continue to revisit this website for updates.

Fees

IDD taught postgraduate fees 2020-21

Home/EU students

  • Full-time £9,250
  • Part-time £4,625

Overseas students

  • Full-time £18,450

Please check with the Department for the latest fees information.
Learn more about fees and funding.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

The Postgraduate Student Loan has increased its maximum loan amount to £11,222 for courses starting on or after 1 August 2020 For more detailed information view our Postgraduate funding page.

Scholarships and studentships

The University of Birmingham is offering up to 200 awards of £2,000 through its  Masters Scholarship Scheme to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2020-21.

Other scholarships may be available. See the departmental scholarships and funding pages.

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.


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.

How To Apply

This programme is closed to international applicants to join in September 2020, however a January start is available which you can now apply for. UK/EU applicants may apply to join this programme either in September or January.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

  • An upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US Grade Point Average is 3.2) or
  • A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent work experience.
  • Adequate capacity in written and spoken English. Find out more about international entry requirements.
  • Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate's work experience can also be taken into consideration.

International Requirements



International Students

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:


IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 59 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

Teaching takes place over two ten-week terms, utilizing a range of teaching and learning methods, including short lectures, problem solving, role play and group work.

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods are used, with both formative and summative assessment. Assessment methods may include essays, policy briefs and presentations. A dissertation of no more than 12,000 words is also required.

The knowledge and skills gained in the programme will equip graduates for jobs in international, national and local government and non-governmental organisations.

See what some of our alumni are doing now and what they thought about studying with us at IDD.

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