Public sector

Why study at postgraduate level?

The public sector encompasses a whole range of professions and careers, ranging from fire-fighting to teaching to local government management. Considering the diversity in this sector, postgraduate options are vast and varied.

There are many postgraduate options open to those who want to work in the public sector.

If you want a career in environmental health or social care, you will most likely need to have a postgraduate qualification, such as an MA in Public Policy and Management, or an MSc in Public Health if you want to be involved with policy-making or research.

Case studies

When considering a career in the public sector, it is important to research and evaluate all your career options before choosing the one that suits and interests you the most.

How to choose the best public and voluntary sector

Choosing a course

How to choose the best public and voluntary sector postgraduate course for you.

Canary Wharf

Public sector videos

Featured course shorts from Cranfield, Manchester and London South Bank University.

Planning and career

Directgov archive on planning and finding a career in the public sector - 'a wide range of careers are available in the public sector, such as nursing, teaching, the armed forces and the emergency services'.

Public sector bodies

Find out more about the official public sector bodies, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).