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MSc Public Management

The Public Management programme at University of Birmingham 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.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 1 year 
Starting in: October
Tuition Fee: £21,960 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

This Public Management programme at University of Birmingham 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.

Courses included:

  • Comparative Public Management
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Public Management & Governance
  • Leadership in Public Services
  • Public Policy & Evidence
  • Performance Strategy and Challenge
  • Dissertation

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


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.


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

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