Postgraduate Certificate in Public Administration

Drive improvements in NGOs, non-profit and public sector organisations

Stay ahead professionally with the 100% online Postgraduate Certificate in Public Administration from the University of Liverpool. This is a concise 12-month programme designed to develop the knowledge and practical skills you need to make a tangible difference to your own performance as a manager and leader in the public, NGO and non-profit sector. Collaborate with experienced international professionals as you increase your ability to effect social change, studying three key aspects of public administration and choosing one module to fit your career aspirations.

Why choose the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Administration?

  • Earn a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Administration from a University in the top 1% worldwide
  • Study a combination of policy, practice, and real-world issues, helping you to advance in public, NGO and non-profit roles worldwide
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of the core aspects of public administration: The Individual, Civil Society and the State; Culture, Politics and Power, and Policy and Implementation
  • Choose an elective module – managing people and performance, finances or multiple stakeholders – to suit your career goals
  • Gain globally relevant insights through collaborative online learning with experienced international professionals
  • Follow a one-year 100% online format, allowing you to develop professionally, combining work and study

As a graduate of this programme, you will be equipped to make an impact professionally. Since the four modules of your Certificate programme are part of the corresponding masters degree, you can also choose to continue studying so that you graduate with a full masters degree in public administration.

A centre of excellence

The Postgraduate Certificate in Public Administration programme is offered by the University of Liverpool Management School, a leading centre of excellence for management training, education and research, and part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. MPA students will also benefit from the programme’s close association with the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy & Practice. The Institute brings together experts from across the University to explore complex social problems.


This is your chance to set yourself apart from others.


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