Public Administration PGDip

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

Public Administration PGDip

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Public Administration PGDip

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administrationis an internationally recognised qualification providing the competencies and knowledge necessary for public service managers to manage creatively in challenging policy environments. It is suitable for new graduates and those with managerial and/or public sector work experience.

The focus of the programme is on critical issues and key developments relating to public management, such as leadership, strategy, performance management and human resource management. With the current developments in countries around the world, this is one of the most exciting times to be studying anything to do with the public sector, governance and government, and the delivery of services to meet people’s needs. The aim of all of our programmes is to provide students with the skills, knowledge and tools to make sense of the world of public policy and management, so that they can analyse situation and problems, and use this to improve its practice. The course is designed to blend both practitioner an academic perspectives on public management, and the wide range of modules draws on examples from different countries around the world.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some students come straight from their first degree onto the Masters without much work experience, and others currently work in a public sector organisation (NHS, local authorities, education sector, police) and take the course on a part-time basis. About half of our students are from the UK, and the other half from abroad. At the moment we have 14 or 15 different nationalities amongst our students. The variety of our student body adds a hugely beneficial and interesting dimension to the teaching through the exchange of experience of different practices and underlying assumptions on which these practices are built. The dialogue around these differences plays a substantial role in the learning environment. As admission into the University Programmes is conditional on a good level of English, the discussions are accessible and of interest to all students.

Key facts

  • International curricula focusing on key public sector developments in the UK, the EU, the US and other countries
  • Research-informed curricula reflecting the expertise of staff in the fields of public management, policy analysis and social policy
  • Flexible programme of study to facilitate part-time study
  • Nottingham is a student-friendly, cosmopolitan and vibrant city with many cultural, social and leisure attractions, with good transport links, and with easy access to the countryside and London
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment set in a very scenic campus.

Course details

The programme is aimed at both those who want to pursue a career in the public sector and those who want to further their career in the public sector. The course focuses on critical issues and key developments relating to public management (e.g. leadership, strategy, performance management and human resource management).

The course is designed to blend both practitioner and academic perspectives on public management, and the wide range of modules draws on examples from different countries around the world.

Modules are normally taught by a mix of lectures, group-work, and class discussion. Most modules are taught weekly over one semester; a few modules are taught over three consecutive days . Part-time students need to come into the University for about 30 days per academic year.

Taught modules are normally assessed by a 3,000 to 5,000-word essay (or equivalent).

Students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration can transfer to the Masters in Public Administration if they perform satisfactorily in the first semester if full-time or in the first academic year if part-time.

Core modules

  • Public Management and Governance (30 credits)
  • Leadership, Strategy and Performance in the Public Sector (20 credits)
  • Research Methods and Research Management (20 credits)
  • Managing People (10 credits)
  • Policy Analysis: Concepts and Theories (10 credits)
  • Public Sector Financial Management (10 credits)

Elective modules

Students must also take two 10-credit elective modules from those available in the School.

Careers

Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration have successfully pursued careers in the public and voluntary sectors as public sector managers and policy analysts. The Masters in Public Administration (MPA) is rapidly becoming a standard global qualification for public servants.

Undertaking postgraduate work fosters many vital skills and may give you a head start in the job market. Studying at this level allows you to develop qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation that are essential to employment in a wide range of different fields.

A postgraduate degree from an institution such as The University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.

Entry requirements:2.2(Lower 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)

IELTS:6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element)

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated August 14, 2015
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