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Public Leadership and Management MA

Public Leadership and Management MA

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Part time


2 years

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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary


In the fast-changing landscape of public management and policy, the demands on public service leaders are more challenging than ever. The social, economic, and political transformations taking place across our communities require us to think differently, developing the innovative leadership of place that meets the changing needs of citizens and communities.

This part-time two-year master’s programme equips you with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to address the everyday challenges of contemporary local public leadership and management. It will help you to develop your individual leadership and gain the tools to drive forward organisational change and transform service delivery across localities and within communities.

The programme is designed to meet the career development needs of current practitioners working in the public sector, as well as those of individuals wishing to pursue a career in public services and gain the skills to become a public service leader of the future.

Key features

  • You will be introduced to innovative approaches of place leadership and stewardship, grounding the challenges of public leadership firmly in the politics and policy of the places and communities within which we live and work.
  • You will have the opportunity to reflect critically on your own individual leadership style and to apply your learning to concrete ‘real world’ issues, advancing your personal development while taking your learning back into your current or future employer or organisation.
  • You will be part of a community of internationally recognised academics and practitioners from the Local Governance Research Centre, experts in applying the latest research and scholarship to the everyday experiences of public leadership, governance, local policy and politics, and public management

Graduate careers

Enhance your existing qualifications and global career prospects with a specialist master’s in business economics and business finance.

This course will provide advanced preparation for careers in the policy making, organisational decision making and the financial world.


Designing Public Services evaluates alternative models of service delivery, the different arguments and rationalities contained within them, and their application in practice. You will consider how public leaders can design service delivery and involve different sectors in the delivery of services including the voluntary and community sector, the private businesses and individual citizens. You will engage with the latest research on design, options appraisal and project delivery, examining different modes of commissioning and procurement; insourcing and outsourcing; partnerships and joint ventures; shared services; mutuals and cooperatives; hybrid organisations; co-production; and services as structures and processes. These alternative modes of service delivery will be framed within current debates surrounding public value creation, inviting you to reflect on how services provide value to the community and society. 
Dissertation or practice development project (60 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional qualifications. Non-graduates with professional qualifications or significant work experience will also be considered. Enquiries from applicants from other disciplines are welcomed, or from prospective students who may not meet the entry requirements.

University information

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) offers the perfect combination of award-winning teaching and specialist facilities. Based in the centre of the bustling and multicultural city of Leicester, rich in cultural heritage, history, and diversity, making it feel like the world is on your doorstep, located in the heart of England, our campus blends the historical and the new and has provided an inspiring place to study for more than 150...more

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