Public Administration (Finance) at University of Birmingham - UCAS

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Course summary

Our MPA in Public Administration (Finance) bridges theory and practice, enabling you to acquire the skills and understanding needed for effective management and strategy in government. The programme is delivered in a highly motivated international learning environment. The MPA is an international Masters’ programme, aimed at people who are pursuing (or would like to pursue) a career in public administration in government, public enterprises or non-governmental organisations, whether at local, national or international level. The programme is particularly suitable for those working in finance ministries, finance sections within sectoral ministries, development banks, local government, public enterprises, aid providers, non-governmental organisations, and research and training organisations who wish to participate at a strategic level in financial management decisions. The Finance pathway will enable managers in the public sector and not-for-profit sector to update and improve their practical skills and their understanding of financial and economic management. This will enable managers to participate in financial management at the strategic level in their organisation rather than to focus on detailed technical skills such as bookkeeping. This is primarily a public sector management, not a business management programme, although some of the themes covered are relevant to both sectors. The approach taken within the programme is practical. You will analyse cases, using real data as far as possible to provide you will skills in public economic and finance management. Theories and conceptual models where they help with the understanding and solving of practical problems will be introduced. The programme will develop your understanding of the role of the state in managing the economy and public finances; managing monetary, exchange rate, fiscal, trade and environmental policy; budgeting and control. It will consider the issues associated with working with the private sector; and, in designing, planning, financing and evaluating projects. New approaches to reform of financial management including performance budgeting and improving accountability will receive attention. There will be a special focus on decentralised service delivery reflecting IDD’s long experience on working in decentralised systems. Any relevant subject may be chosen for your dissertation, with the final topic agreed between yourself and your assigned supervisor. It will allow you to make an in-depth study of a topic of interest to you.


This pathway is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of your MPA taught content from a wide range of optional modules. The programme has two 20-credit core modules: 20 credits – Public Financial Management; 20 credits – Public Economic Management. You will take a further 80 taught credits and complete a 60-credit dissertation. Full-time students complete the programme in 12 months

Assessment method

A range of assessment methods are used, with both formative and summative assessment. Assessment methods may include essays, policy briefs and presentations. A dissertation of no more than 12,000 words is also required.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US Grade Point Average is 3.0) or A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent work experience. Adequate capacity in written and spoken English. Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate's work experience can also be taken into consideration.

Fees and funding

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Public Administration (Finance) at University of Birmingham - UCAS