University of Birmingham

Public Administration (Human Resources) MPA

  • 12 months full time
  • Postgraduate, Taught
  • Regular

Program Description

Our MPA Masters in Public Administration (Human Resources) is aimed at those who aspire to a career in public management in government, public agencies or non-governmental organisations working with government, whether at local, regional, national or international levels, worldwide.

The MPA is an international masters programme which will encourage you to consider and analyse how a changing global environment has shaped the ways in which work is organised and managed and how ideas about leadership and management may be applied in response to different problems and challenges.

The Human Resources MPA pathway is designed for those who are interested in human resource management and development in the public, state or NGO sectors in developing, transitional or newly-industrialised countries. This is primarily a public sector management, not a business management, programme, although the themes covered are relevant to both sectors. 

On this pathway you will explore current and recent trends in public administration and human resources, focusing on relationship between hard and soft approaches to the analysis and practice of management. For example, between human resources management and human resource development. You will also examine the interaction between organisational structure, culture, power and motivation in public administration and in international organisations. 

The degree uses a diagnostic case study approach in its core modules, with an emphasis on practical, theoretically-informed discussion and strategy development. You may choose any relevent subject for your dissertation, with the final topic agreed between you and your assigned supervisor.

Why study this course?

This is an MPA programme aimed at people already working within, or closely with, the public sector, or wanting to join the sector, particularly within developing or newly industrialised countries. The programme:

  • Has a strong international focus, using examples from many countries and being relevant to many countries, and with an international student body.
  • Includes a study visit, to learn about public administration and strategy in a particular context, with meetings with a range of public sector and associated bodies. There are two locations to choose from each year – destinations in recent years include St Petersburg, Guangzhou, Vienna, Berlin.
  • Does not require or assume prior knowledge or experience of public sector management or human resource management.
  • Has a wide range of optional modules .

Admission Description

  • 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 3.2) or
  • A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent work experience.
  • Adequate capacity in written and spoken English. Find out more about international entry requirements.
  • Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate's work experience can also be taken into consideration.
  • Either: A four year Bachelors degree (first class or very good upper second class)

    Or: A three year Bachelors degree (first class) from recognised institutions in India.

    For MSc programmes, the Business School will consider holders of three-year degree programmes (first class or very good upper second class) from recognised institutions in India.

    For entry to LLM programmes, Birmingham is happy to accept applications from 3 or 5 year LLB holders from India from prestigious institutions.



    International Students


    You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

  • by holding an English language qualification to the right level - IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band
  • by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students

    IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

Other Details

  • Program Type: Postgraduate, Taught

  • Study Type: Regular

  • Key Point: Public Administration

  • Category: Public Administration

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University of Birmingham

Program level:
12 months full time
Application fee: $65.61 USD
Tuition: $27679.26 USD
Cost of Living: $11570.62 USD
Starting Date: Submission deadline Status
January 2022 July 2022 Open Now

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