Taught course

Public Service Commissioning

University of Birmingham · Institute of Local Government Studies - INLOGOV

Entry requirements

The normal admission requirement for our other taught postgraduate programmes is a good first degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Subject to interview (and sometimes to a special test) candidates without a first degree may be admitted. Candidates without such qualifications who wish to complete an MSc may initially be registered for a Graduate Certificate / Diploma, and then, subject to satisfactory performance, their registration will be upgraded to Postgraduate level (Certificate / Diploma or MSc).

Months of entry

May, September

Course content

This programme develops your understanding of the politics, principles, evidence and skills associated with public service commissioning and how these interact across organisational boundaries. It is designed for senior managers and policy-makers working in or with public commissioning organisations or with an interest in developing their careers in this direction.

We offer a flexible programmes and a wide range of optional modules (part-time students also welcome).

In the School of Government and Society we offer much more than a degree. As a student here you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, with some or all of the costs paid for by the School.

MSc participants study four core modules, plus any two specialist option modules and a dissertation. Diploma participants follow the same module/sector stream choices as their MSc colleagues but are exempt from the dissertation element. Certificate participants choose one of the four core modules, plus any two other modules of their choice.

Compulsory core modules:

  • Strategic Commissioning
  • Public Services Procurement and Contracting
  • Law, Regulation and Finance of Commissioning
  • Outcomes, Performance and Resources
  • Dissertation – you focus in depth on a topic of particular interest, with support from a dissertation supervisor (MSc only)
Optional modules from the following:
  • Collaborative Strategy
  • Community Governance and Leadership
  • Law, Regulation and Finance of Commissioning
  • Leadership and Public Management
  • Making Policy
  • Outcomes, Performance and Resources
  • Oversight and Scrutiny
  • Participation and Democracy
  • Public Management and Governance
  • Public Policy Research Methods
  • Public Services Procurement and Contracting
  • 20Strategic Commissioning

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Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships on our website

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
15-24 months


full time
4 months
part time
15-24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005