Delivered by Nottingham Business School’s International Centre for Public Services Management, this course is designed to enable public services managers to further develop strategic practice and knowledge relevant to developing innovative service delivery, effective organisation and service performance. This will be achieved in collaboration with colleagues from other agencies and professions.
The course emphasises and supports joint development opportunities to facilitate inter-agency working. It also provides an arena to network with like-minded professionals in the public services field who can inform practice through shared experiences.
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Starting: September 2013
Course length: Two years, part-time or one year with the PG Cert
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.
- The Public Services Manager
- Managing People and Performance
- Managing Performance and Quality of Public Service Delivery.
If you have already completed the Certificate in Public Services Management you need only to complete the Diploma modules
Strategic Analysis and Financial Management
This module is designed to provide you with an understanding of concept, development, refinement and implementation of strategy. You will be introduced to the elements and tools of strategic analysis. The module content will also include: public service accounting; financial frameworks; and capital accounting.
Action for Partnerships
This module concentrates on the outcomes of partnership and inter-agency collaboration in public services to date. You will gain an understanding of the implications of different partnership types and the strengths and pitfalls in partnerships. You will learn how to identify and overcome cultural barriers within partnerships and to develop strategies for building and sustaining effective
Strategic Leadership and Organisational Change (option)
This module takes a fresh look at leadership and team research in organisations. You will assess whether situational, transactional and transformational forms of leadership are effective. You will evaluate whether organisations can learn and change and what strategies can be used for organisational development. You will also consider what organisations could learn from entrepreneurs and innovators.
Financial Management and Performance Measurement (option)
In this module you will gain an understanding of planning, control and budgeting approaches. You will learn about performance management frameworks and tools (best value, VFM) and how to achieve performance management within your organisation. The module provides an insight into performance management and control and costing methodologies in the public sector.
Contemporary Issues in Public Management
This module examines a range of contemporary issues impacting strategically on public services delivery and management. The range of issues will change, but the main emphasis will be to give you the space and support to examine one issue in depth.
Study and support
Full support is provided by tutorial staff and electronic media is available for use. To enable you to enhance your performance the courses employ a variety of teaching and learning approaches including workshops, small group learning and set work for personal management development.
You will be assessed upon four assignments and two presentations.
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 the sector. This results in enhanced career opportunities.
This course does not currently offer placements, however the module content is directly applicable to the workplace.
You will need the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Services Management or evidence of current / recent management practice at a strategic level.
English language requirements for International and EU students
Please see the how to apply section for further entry requirements.
- a PG Certificate in Public Services Management or equivalent
- evidence of current/recent management practice at a strategic level.
English language requirements
See the English language entry requirements for courses at Nottingham Business School and the full list of all English language qualifications accepted.
How to apply
Applications should be made using the apply online button at the top of the page.