Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or an equivalent professional qualification, and a minimum of five years relevant management experience. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this in more detail.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The programme comprises eight taught modules and a research-based dissertation, providing a blend of the fundamental management disciplines with issues of particular relevance to public service delivery. Five core management modules, covering strategy, marketing, HRM, finance, and international business, are drawn from the Business School's UK Executive MBA and three specialist public sector management modules, covering governance, leadership and service commissioning, are drawn from Masters programmes delivered by the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) in the School of Government and Society.

The programme is primarily targeted at middle to senior managers working in UK public sector organisations such as the NHS, local and central government, the police and the prison service. With its blend of generic management and specialist public service modules, however, the programme is also designed for a wider market of individuals in private and third sector jobs, in particular those involved in the delivery of contracted out public services.

The programme comprises taught modules and a 12,000 word research-based dissertation.

  • Perspectives on Strategic Management
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Management
  • International Business Environment
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Strategic Commissioning
  • Public Management and Governance

As well as these modules, students will also participate in a Dissertation Skills Workshop.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

International students should be aware that the majority of the students will be managers in the UK public and voluntary sector. Accordingly, much of the focus will be upon UK public policy and management.

Fees and funding

UK students
£21,510 PT (whole course)
International students
£21,510 PT (whole course)

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Qualification and course duration


part time
30-72 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment80
Dissertation20 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005