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MSc Public Management

Start date
October
Duration
1 year full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught
Fees

For 2024-2025:
£12,600 FT (UK)
£24,120 FT (International)
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Course Director, Dr Shailen Popat, details the benefits of the MSc Public Management programme

Our MSc in Public Management will provide you with an opportunity to develop your understanding of governance and the challenges of improving performance and co-ordinating public services with governmental processes.

This programme provides an opportunity for you to develop your understanding of public sector 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 this course for?

This programme will build knowledge, skills and confidence for careers in the public service, government and associated sectors. It is for experienced practitioners from the public and voluntary sectors and also those wishing to embark on a career in public service. The programme adopts a comparative context and is appropriate for UK based and international students.

If I could give anyone a bit of advice, it would be to say that it's not your job to tell you you're not ready. If you're interested in a role, put yourself forward – just do it.

Henrietta Brealey, alumna. CEO, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

Modules

Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024.


Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

Fees 2024 - 2025

UK

£12,600

International

£24,120

Please check with the Department for the latest fees information.

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How To Apply

30 June 2024 is the application deadline for international students applying through the student route who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2024 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 30 August 2024.

Application Fee

For international applicants this programme is subject to a £50 non-refundable application fee. At the end of the application form, before you can submit it to us, you will be required to pay, or indicate how you will pay the required fee in order for us to process your application. Please complete and submit your application before paying your application fee.

Personal Statement

Entry to this programme is highly competitive and as a result your application and personal statement will be closely scrutinised by our Admissions Tutors. Please ensure that you spend some time familiarising yourself with the programme modules and outcomes. Personal Statements should be relevant to the programme and how you believe it will enable you to achieve your career goals.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the taught programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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Our Standard Requirements

The normal admission requirement for our other taught postgraduate programmes is a good first degree or an equivalent professional qualification.

Learn more about entry requirements.

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
  • 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) including online: PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

Today's public practitioners must demonstrate 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 public sector 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.

"All our teaching is led by academic lecturers who are also supported by a number of practice-based practitioners who are currently working in the public services." Dr Karin Bottom

Assessment Methods

Typically modules are assessed through a variety of essay-based and task-orientated assignments. Each module will include at least one or more assignments, equivalent to a total of 4000 words per module. From the outset, we will provide you with guidance on assessed work, the marking criteria and deadlines. You will also receive personalised tutorial support throughout the programme to help you get the most out of your studies with us. At Masters level you will be expected to do an extended research project (a dissertation) of between 10,000-12,000 words and this can be linked to activities in your workplace. You will be assigned a dedicated supervisor to help guide you through the process of designing, researching and writing your dissertation. 

Careers

Typical paths include career progression within the public sector with the participant’s aspirations being more saleable with a supporting qualification. Transferability of skills also supports participants to change organisations or pathways within public and related sectors.

The qualification will also support postgraduates seeking an entirely new career within the public sector, such as management.