Public Management PGCert

Public Management PGCert

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise


Post- graduate





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    One year part time

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    Campus, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

This course is for anyone who wants to pursue a career in the public sector. Covering in detail both the nature of public services, and the contemporary issues and challenges facing public services in the 21st Century, this will ground you in how public services are run, funded, developed and delivered. Alongside experience-based teaching, the course brings in many of challenging and knowledgeable outside speakers from a range of public sector settings. Practitioners, senior managers, voluntary representative and others, they provide insights that will challenge you to think differently about modern day public services.

To further prepare you for a career in public sector work, the course includes extensive personal development, helping you understand and develop your own skills as a public sector professional. Developing up your own portfolio, you will have worked on improving you own capabilities as a professional within the public sector.

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Entry Requirements

Degree, minimum 2.2

Programme at a Glance

The course consists of three modules, all delivered over Semester 1 and 2

  • MD4069 Public Sector Organisations and Environment
  • MD4070 Public Sector Strategy and Partnership working
  • MD4071 Personal and Practice Development

Further Information


The course is a mix of three key elements. Firstly, in-depth learning about the nature of contemporary public services, leading to a detailed understanding of how public services are organised, funded and delivered. In this section a critical perspective is taken that will challenge students to think deeply about the current and future state of public service in the UK. Secondly the current challenges facing public services are considered: central to this element is a wide range of external speakers who will offer challenging, real-world perspectives based on their own experiences of delivering public services. Thirdly the course includes extensive personal and practice development, where students are enabled to develop their workplace skills in relevance to their own professional experience and practice.  This will also enhance the student’s workplace experience and professional skills by enabling them plan their career to match their personal skills, abilities and achievements with potential career paths with their current and potential employers.

Assessment will include both academic assignments and the development of a personal portfolio.

The course leader, Dr. David Hanley, who delivers MD4069 (Public Sector Organisations and Environment) and MD4070 (Public Sector Strategy and Partnership) working spent thirty years in public service, both as a practitioner and as a manager, including extensive experience at senior management levels. With experience in the NHS, Adult Social Services, Housing Strategy, Partnership Working, Adult Safeguarding and voluntary sector experience, Dr. Hanley uses his direct experience alongside academic teaching to deliver a challenging programme of learning.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

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Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

Currently the course brings in outside speakers from

  • Lancashire County Council
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals
  • Lancashire Police
  • Lancashire Care Association
  • Salvation Army
  • Cumbria
  • Preston Enterprise Council
  • Preston CCG
  • Bolton Council
  • Contour Housing Association

The course leader who delivers the majority of the course is a former senior manager in a local authority with over 30 years of public sector experience in the NHS and Local Government as a practitioner and manager


This course is targeted people working (or seeking to work) in public services, to enhance their career prospects by widening their knowledge and understanding of the public sector. The course will benefit both people at the start of their public career who want to develop an in-depth understanding of the sector, and those with existing experience who want to take the opportunity to reflect and develop further their understanding, as well as further developing their personal and professional skills.