Postgraduate Diploma Public Management and Leadership

Course fact file

Course type

Postgraduate, taught

Duration

2 years (24 months) part time

Fees and funding

The Executive Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

Start date

October 2021

Study options

Postgraduate part time

 

 

Contact Details

For all enquiries relating to this Degree Apprenticeship programme please contact Mr. Sam Hickman, our Degree Apprenticeships Manager:

Email
degreeapps@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Our aim at the Institute of Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham is to support you to gain the practical knowledge and skills required to be an effective and dynamic leader across the public sector. Our Public Management and Leadership Level 7 Apprenticeship, aligned to the Senior Leader Apprenticeship Standard, will allow you to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management and Leadership funded by the Apprenticeship Levy.

The public sector is a changing, challenging, and rewarding environment to work in and for over 50 years the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) at the University of Birmingham has been at the forefront of the provision of training and critical thinking on issues facing the sector.

This programme builds on our decades of experience to provide a state-of-the-art Public Management and Leadership Apprenticeship. It has been designed in close collaboration with employers, and in partnership with the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE), to ensure that learners are equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to be an effective and dynamic public sector leader.

Course details

The programme is innovative in its design and is at the forefront of best practice, blending interactive online study with campus based ‘face-to-face’ enquiry-led activities, drawing together the strengths of these different platforms to ensure a high-quality learning experience. At various points throughout the programme senior leaders from across the public sector will join us to share their experiences and offer case study examples allowing learners to benefit from the invaluable experience gained by others.

Typically, taught modules are assessed through a variety of essay-based and task-orientated assignments. Each module will include one or more assignments, equivalent to a total of 4000 words per module. You will have a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance throughout the programme, as well as a practice-tutor who will provide support you in your workplace.

Why study this course?

  • Flexible delivery through online and campus-based study to accommodate learner and employer needs
  • The programme is underpinned by research that is at the forefront of understanding and navigating developments in the sector
  • Enrolment on the programme will enable you to build new networks and connections, develop as public sector service leaders and work with new ideas and approaches to solve organisational challenges
  • In addition to your Apprenticeship, the University will provide you with membership of the Chartered Management Institute for the duration of the programme and one year afterwards as either a Chartered Manager or Chartered Fellow
  • Fully levy-funding compliant with advice and guidance from our Apprenticeship team

Modules

The programme is also structured in such a way as to ensure that a community of practice is facilitated; providing a strong network of new leaders who will continue learning and supporting one another long after the programme is completed.

You will be required to complete six compulsory (core) taught modules for the PGDip and compile a portfolio of work-based evidence. 

Please contact us if you wish to consider the MSc in Public Management and Leadership.

Core modules

Fees and funding

The Executive Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

All employers who have a payroll over £3 million pay an Apprenticeship Levy. They can use this levy to fund your enrolment on the programme.

Entry requirements

The normal admission requirement for our taught postgraduate programmes is a good first degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Subject to review of their CV and covering letters, candidates without a first degree may be admitted onto this programme. It will also be at the discretion of your employer whether you meet their requirements for the course.

How to apply

You will need to apply for the Executive Apprenticeship through your employer, who will have their own selection criteria.

Are you an employer?

For more information on apprenticeships and opportunities to partnership with us, please contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team degreeapps@contacts.bham.ac.uk.   

Learning and teaching

Typically the taught 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 clear guidance on assessed work, the marking criteria and deadlines. You will also have a personal tutor who will provide you with support throughout the programme in order to help you get the most out of your studies with us.

By the end of the programme you will need to produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the skills you have acquired throughout the Executive Apprenticeship. Your INLOGOV personal tutor and your employer based tutor will support you through the creation of your portfolio.

Employability

The programme has the exclusive endorsement of SOLACE, the representative body for Chief Executives and senior managers working in the UK. This reiterates INLOGOV’s commitment to teaching content that is highly relevant, applicable and useful for people working in the public sector. Your apprenticeship experience will also be designed in close collaboration with your employer, which means that you will be in an excellent position to excel within your organization, or elsewhere in the public sector, on completion of the programme.