• Application Deadline
  • 30 months


Online Masters of Public Administration

Designed to equip public-sector professionals with the tools necessary to help make a positive difference and help manage change in their sphere, the University of Birmingham’s 100% Online Masters of Public Administration  will help you to evaluate your impact within local governance and strategic public management. 

Delivered through the prestigious Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) – the United Kingdom’s leading centre for the study of local public service management, policy and governance – this programme is perfectly positioned to encourage progressive ideas and innovative thinking without having to set foot on campus. 

“This programme 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 offered a world-renowned reputation for excellence, the most flexibility, affordability, attentive academic staff, and most importantly; the convenient part-time timeframe.” (Vanna Curi, Online Masters of Public Administration).

From the outset, you will have access to employment advice and one-to-one coaching to confirm your goals, helping you to shape the future of public services. Gain the necessary skills and progressive insights to make an impact in your sphere. 

Programme Structure

Module overview: 

Studying the Online Masters of Public Administration takes approximately 2.5 years to complete. It is a 180-credit programme (including a 60-credit dissertation).

Year one core modules - credits

  • Public Management and Governance in a Changing World - 10
  • Leadership in Public Services - 10
  • Strategic Management - 10
  • Managing Public Money - 10
  • Delivering Services and Outcomes - 10 
  • Public Policy Research Methods – 10

Year two core modules - credits

  • Programme Management - 10
  • Performance Management - 10
  • Partnership and Collaboration - 10
  • Democracy, Governance and Participation - 10
  • Managing in a Political Environment - 10
  • Managing the Information Age - 10
  • Dissertation - 60


The University of Birmingham’s Online Masters of Public Administration has been specifically designed to equip public-sector professionals with the tools necessary to help make a positive difference, to help manage change and evaluate impact within local governance and strategic public management. The online format meets the needs of busy professionals who are balancing full-time careers and personal commitments alongside their studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 30 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      Duration - 2,5 years. 8 week sessions
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

In order to be accepted onto the Online Masters of Public Administration, applicants must possess:
  • At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent
  • 3.5 GPA
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4860 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12155 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 30 months.
  • National

    4860 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12155 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 30 months.
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For detailed pricing information and to find out more about the payment methods available, please visit the programme website and a member of the admissions team will be in touch to discuss your enquiry. 


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