Delivered by Nottingham Business School's International Centre for Public Services Management, the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Services Management aims to develop essential management practice and knowledge required by managers in the public services.
It is designed for public service managers who already have a degree and / or other professional qualifications at degree level or above.
The course emphasises and supports joint development opportunities to facilitate interagency working. It also provides an arena for networking with like-minded professionals in the public service field who can inform practice through shared experiences.
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Course length: 8 months part time
Study location: City site
Fees and funding:
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Please note that fees are subject to annual review.
The course content has been developed to provide an up-to-date and relevant insight into specific areas of public service management directly applicable to the work place.
- Public Policy and the Theory and Practice of Public Management
This is the first module on the course and is intended to introduce you to what it means to be a public manager, as well as the theory and practise of public service management. It should start to help you develop and contextualise the use of management knowledge, skills and practice in a public service environment. The theory and practice of public management has many similarities with the theory of management and practice in the private sector as well as in the third sector, but there are also considerable differences. This module will start to highlight these similarities and differences.
- Performance Measurement, Management and Monitoring
This is the second module on the course and as such it is intended to introduce you to the principle systems and practices of performance management which have become prevalent in public service over the last 20 years. The module is designed to enable you to contextualise the use of information, particularly input, output and outcome information, in the process of managing the quality of services in a public sector environment. This module therefore offers an insight into the types of management information necessary to provide quality public services.
- Financial Control and Financial Systems
This is the third module on the course and as such it is intended to introduce you to the role and practice of financial management accounting and accountability in the public services. It will also start to introduce you to strategy and in particular to strategic financial management.
You will need to complete three assignments spaced throughout the year, plus an optional practice assignment.
Study and support
Full support is provided by tutorial staff and electronic media is available for use. The course employs a variety of teaching and learning approaches including workshops, small-group learning and set work for personal management development to enable you to enhance your performance.
At Nottingham Trent University, we provide first-class learning facilities for our students. The transformed Newton building is the home of Nottingham Business School and marks the next phase in the School's development. In Newton, students have an abundance of teaching space, a range of lecture theatres of different sizes, and masses of space for social learning. With wireless connection throughout, students will be able to work on their laptops in any part of the building.
Graduates usually find that the confidence they gain while undertaking the course enables them to manage more effectively and progress positively within their chosen sector resulting in enhanced career opportunities.
This course does not currently offer placements but the module content is directly applicable to the workplace.
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This course is designed for public service managers who already have a degree and / or professional qualifications at degree level or above.
Ideally, it's aimed at:
- participants who are in their first managerial role or preparing for more senior roles
- experienced managers who have no specific management qualifications
- practitioners who do have previous management training or management qualifications at degree level or lower, who wish to study core public service management topics in depth.
Applicants will need to be in employment or able to gain access to an organisation upon which to base their assignments.
English language requirements
See the English language entry requirements for courses at Nottingham Business School and a full list of all English language qualifications accepted by the University.
How to apply
Applications should be made using the apply online button at the top of the page.
Please note the following information for applicants