skip to page content
home | course search | site map
Queen Margaret University Edinburgh logo and also link to the homepage

» back to list all postgraduate courses

PgCert Public Services Governance

This link will take you to the online application form

  • Introduction
  • Key details
  • Entry requirements
  • Fees
  • Modules
  • Careers

- 80% of our graduates say that their studies were instrumental in their career advancement.
- Students are only required on-campus for eight days over the academic year, the rest of the course is supported by our modern learning resources.
- Completion of this course may be used as credit towards our MBA and MSc courses.

This course has been specifically designed to support managers who are currently charged with delivering public services, from within the public sector or from private and third sector organisations. Our public services courses have always delivered excellence in the facilitation of academic qualifications and knowledge in a practice-focused setting. This course introduces the emerging field of New Public Governance in the light of recent developments such as The Christie Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services and the HM Government Open Public Services White Paper. As such this course is context-driven and problem-focused. The programme has previously been delivered to public services managers on behalf of Academi Wales. Jo Carruthers, Director of Academi Wales, Welsh Government, said: "We have been delighted to work with QMU on the delivery of this course. Their blend of academic rigour, experience and expertise has enabled them to deliver a course which not only develops the knowledge and skill of participants, but is set very much in the context of the Welsh public service, and wider UK public service. This makes the course wholly relevant to delegates, enabling effective transfer of learning to the workplace."

EXIT AWARDS: PgCert (60 credits)

Delivery: At QMU plus online learning

Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Modules are also available as separate CPD courses - CPD fees available on request.

Duration: Part-time: 1 - 4 years

Start date: September and at set points throughout the year (CPD)

Application deadline: none

Teaching, learning and assessment: Delivery is predominately by web-based learning along with two day blocks of campus-based learning in each module. This will include lectures from senior public service professionals. A range of practice-relevant assessment methods are used including management reports, essays and presentations.

Teaching hours and attendance: You will only be required to attend the QMU campus for two days per module. The rest of your teaching and support will be delivered online.

Links with industry/professional bodies: A number of highly experienced public service professionals support delivery of the course by contributing to campusbased sessions.

A UK honours degree or equivalent and at least two years relevant management experience. Applicants without a degree will also be considered if they can demonstrate that they have the necessary work background, skills and aptitude to achieve the award.

Accreditation of prior learning: You may be granted exemption from studying a module provided you can demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes.

Home/EU - full-time: £475 per 15 credit module

Home/EU - part-time: £475 per 15 credit module

International - full-time: £1250 per 15 credit module

International - part-time: £1250 per 15 credit module

Fees information: Fees for 2014/2015 have not yet been confirmed, but above are those for 2013/14 as a guideline. Please check the QMU website for updates.

Scholarships: - More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
Visit the International section of the website.

Course Fees:
Visit the Fees section of the website. -
Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
Visit the Funding section of the website.

15 credits: Public Services Governance: Themes and Issues (core module)

You will also complete three 15 credit modules from:
Public Finance/ Leading Change in Public Services/ Managing Customer Complaints/
Engendering Policy and Practice/ Internal Communications/ Accountability in Public Services/
Multi-level Governance in Europe

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting, but are subject to change.

The course is designed for middle level managers who have an interest in the way public services management has developed from traditional public
administration to the new public governance. The course focuses on key themes and issues including public finance and leading change. As such it equips managers with skills and knowledge to implement real improvements in within their workplace.



further information:

0131 474 0000 or
Dr Ian Elliott
+44 (0)131 474 0000

This link will take you to the online application form

» how to apply

»Visit the Business, Management and Enterprise webpages

This link will let give you printer friendly pages

^ to top

last modified 11/11/2015
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh EH21 6UU - Tel: +44 (0)131 474 0000
find us | contact us Copyright © Queen Margaret University. terms of use | accessibility | FOI & data protection