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University of Birmingham

Online Masters of Public Administration

Expand your experience, advance your skillset and become a leader and a pioneer of public service at home or abroad.


Lead positive change

Our Online Masters of Public Administration (MPA) is designed to offer busy public sector professionals the opportunity to progress their careers at a national and international level. The course has been designed to offer students the skills and confidence to change their career, whether it’s a move into a new department within the public or voluntary sector, or a shift into a consultancy role.

Taught by the prestigious Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), our Online MPA is perfectly positioned to encourage progressive ideas. INLOGOV is the leading UK centre for the study of local public service management, policy and governance, known nationally as the instigator of innovative thinking for public servants. Throughout the programme, we will hone your skills to help you develop the leadership acumen to strategically manage the public policies that will make a difference in people’s lives.

“I pursued an online Masters of Public Administration because it was without a doubt the most appropriate academic path for me. I could have gone to many other competitive schools to obtain my Masters, but the University of Birmingham was the one that offered the most flexibility, affordability, attentive academic staff, and most importantly; the convenient part-time timeframe.” Vanna Curi, Programme Coordinator, International Association of Immunization Managers, From Europe, now living in the USA


Gain practical expertise in the public sector

The Online MPA takes a very practical approach to learning, driven by case studies intended to bring the course to life. By leveraging examples from the world of public service, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of key strategies and learn how to apply this knowledge to lead change. To help broaden your learning with diverse theories, the course is led by experts in their field, who bring years of practical experience from all across the globe. Our inclusive approach to international students adds to the global dynamic and the opportunity to be empowered by new ideas. Throughout the online programme, you will benefit from a broad suite of innovative learning techniques designed to make the course more engaging. And since the course is 100% online, you have the added benefit of studying at a time that suits you, giving you flexibility around existing family and career commitments.

Our virtual learning experience includes the following benefits:

  • Video lectures designed and delivered by our acclaimed teaching staff
  • Interactive assignments enabling you to participate in group learning exercises
  • Real-life case studies offering you skills that can be applied immediately
  • Social interaction with peers, professors and tutors to make you more connected
  • Digital resources to help you enrol, resolve technical enquiries and develop your career


Courses start in Spring, Summer and Autumn every year

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Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MPA Online study February 2019 - 30 Months
MPA Online study June 2019 - 30 Months

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