• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 56 days
Delivered by the University of Birmingham online, the UK’s leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management, this 8-week Leadership in Public Services short course unlocks practical insights into public service policies and practices around the world.
Access all 180000+ programmes, for free with a Studyportals account.
account benefits visualised


Such insights are key to advancing your career, be that into a senior government role, an existing public sector position, or an entirely new career direction.

By exploring the concepts and the changing nature of leadership in the public sector, the Leadership in Public Services course from University of Birmingham online will help you develop effective, individual leadership skills, which you can apply in your career from day one.

Once you have finished the 8-week course, you will be awarded an official University of Birmingham postgraduate micro-credential certificate (worth 10 academic credits) and a transcript. You will be able to use these academic credits to apply for advanced entry to the University of Birmingham’s full Online Masters of Public Administration (MPA) qualification.

Drawing on public sector insights from the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), this short course equips you with the practical experience to further your career, whether that’s a move into a senior government or agency position or the development of an existing role in public service.

Crucially, this course enables you to master the core skills necessary to effect societal change and make a genuine impact on people’s lives.

After completing this course, you will be in a prime position for a range of roles, including those within local councils and educational institutes or as a senior policy officer, social services manager or member of parliament.

Why choose a postgraduate micro-credential short course?

  • Boost your CV in just eight weeks
  • Develop the specialist skills you need for your career goals
  • Gain an introduction to our Online MPA
  • Get a taster of online learning before committing to a full MPA degree
  • Earn a postgraduate micro-credential certificate worth 10 masters credits
  • Study around your existing commitments with 100% online learning
  • Expand your expertise at a top-100 University1
  • Join a community of like-minded learners from over 50 different countries2

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 56 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Why Study this Course?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the key theoretical frameworks of leadership
  • Analyse the role of leadership and hone your own leadership skills
  • Manage change and lead teams to deliver organisational goals
  • Apply a range of leadership theories and techniques to improve outcomes
  • Gain the critical analysis skills to support creative thinking
  • Lead transformational development and forge better organisational leadership
  • Ready to apply? Request more information and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss the application process with you.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • An upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university, OR an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.
  • Professional applications may also be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1250 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1250 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 56 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1250 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1250 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 56 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


You’ve wishlisted multiple studies. Did you know you can compare them side-by-side in our Compare-tool?

Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!