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Online Masters of Public Administration (MPA): Short courses

Online Masters of Public Administration (MPA): Short courses

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8 weeks

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Key information

Qualification type

Short Course Certificate

Subject areas

Public Administration

Course type


Course Summary

Stand out with a specialised micro credential to serve the public

Gain the leadership, governance, and performance management skills you’ll need to fill roles in specific areas of the public service field. With core practices, principles and strategies studied in a flexible online format, you’ll be prepared with the knowledge you need to make a difference across policies, processes, and systems. The University of Birmingham is a leading research institution, and we’re pioneers in online learning. You’ll gain global perspectives in public service since your classmates represent more than 50+ countries. Earn your degree from a globally recognised institution and enjoy the convenience of learning from anywhere in the world.

The University of Birmingham has the strength and variety of programmes to suit your individual needs and interests, backed by the academic expertise and influence, support and facilities of a top 100 public research and teaching university. You’ll benefit from both academic and personal development to achieve success and ensure your degree is an asset in your prospects.

Diversify your learnings with your choice of short courses

Take your time with flexible studies that can be completed one course at a time remotely, earning a credential from one of the world’s most prestigious universities. The School of Government, which runs the courses, was awarded the Bronze Athena SWAN for Equality and Diversity. Gain leadership, performance management and public service practices through MPA short courses taught through INLOGOV, the Institute of Local Government Studies, a leading academic research centre within the School of Government.

New career opportunities

Gain leadership or specialist skills to step into a higher paying role, or make a difference in your current role with new strategies to apply.


Exploring the concept of leadership and the changing demands on public service leaders, this course helps to hone a set of individual and highly practical leadership skills.

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Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for a short online course in public administration, you will need to have obtained (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university OR an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution. Professional applicants may also be considered.

University information

The University of Birmingham is a prestigious Russell Group institution, with a truly global outlook. It is one of the largest universities in the UK and is home to over 12,000 postgraduate students. The university has established a learning and research community spanning a wide range of subject areas, representing more than half the countries in the world. Birmingham has one of the longest established and most successful distance learning...more

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