The Stars College Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration is a comprehensive postgraduate program designed for aspiring public service professionals. It equips learners with the skills to navigate complex policy contexts, manage change effectively, and deliver public services strategically. Graduates emerge as competent, reflective practitioners ready for more demanding roles in the future.
Entry to the Stars College Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration requires an honours degree or equivalent, with preference for relevant subjects, or alternative professional qualifications with three years' public service experience. Applicants must be 21 or older and, if not from a majority English-speaking country, must demonstrate English language competency.
The Stars College Level 7 diplomas, equivalent to master's degrees on the RQF, are shorter with 120 credits. To attain a full master's degree, learners must proceed to a 60-credit dissertation stage with a university.
The Stars College Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration comprises 6 mandatory units, totaling 120 credits. The completed qualification involves 1200 hours of Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 600 Guided Learning Hours (GLH).
The Stars College Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration includes six units: Managing and Leading in the Public Sector, Public Service Reform and Innovation, Policy and Politics – Theory and Analysis, Managing Public Finance, Managing Public Sector Projects, and Advanced Research Methods. Each unit is worth 20 credits.
The Stars College Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration is designed for full-time study over one academic year, but it also accommodates part-time and distance learning. The course is delivered face-to-face through lectures, tutorials, seminars, and online by approved centres.
All units in this qualification are internally assessed and externally verified by Stars College, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. To pass, learners must demonstrate they've met all learning outcomes and assessment criteria. The Assessor makes this judgement and provides an audit trail of learners' achievements.
Successful completion of the Stars College Level 7 Diploma in Public Administration qualification enables learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their study towards a relevant master top-up programme with advanced standing at many universities in the UK and overseas
To succeed in our qualifications, learners must demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 5.5. Non-native speakers who haven't completed their last two years of schooling in English must prove their proficiency at CEFR level B2 or PTE Academic 51