Economic Science in Policy Analysis

Institute of Public Administration - IPA

Economic Science in Policy Analysis

The Programme
This two-year, part-time programme addresses the tangible need for the development of policy analysis skills across the wider public service. It explores subjects that are crucial to the expert assessment of contemporary public policy, including project management, economic and financial analysis, social policy analysis and cost-benefit analysis. On completion of the first year of the programme, students receive the Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis. In the second year, they complete a supervised dissertation on a policy analysis issue that they are particularly interested in.

The subjects taken in the first year, including a module on research methods, will help prepare students to choose and complete an appropriate dissertation. Graduates of this programme are very well-equipped to play a role in the formulation and implementation of public policies in a very wide range of areas.

Is This Programme For You?
Yes, if you appreciate the vital role that policy analysis plays in promoting economic and social progress and want to understand the tools and methodologies that should be applied in such analysis. You may well work in the wider public service and wish to play a professional role in the formulation and analysis of policy.

Subjects taught

Year One
Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis
Students take four subjects in each of the two semesters:

Semester One (September – December)
• Elements of Economic Analysis
• Financial Analysis
• Public Sector Economics
• Policy Evaluation

Semester Two (January – April)
• Economic Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis
• Project and Risk Management
• Research Methods
• Social Policy Analysis

Year Two
Master of Economic Science in Policy Analysis
In the second and final year of the programme, students complete a dissertation on a policy analysis issue, building on the knowledge and skills that they have obtained in the Diploma year. Students will also meet with their classmates on several occasions to discuss their research and their ideas.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants for Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates, MA, MEconSc and MSc programmes must have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.

Application dates

How to Apply
By Email (preferred method)
Please download and complete the application form on and email it, along with the items listed below, to

By Post
Alternatively, you can complete the application form at the end of this prospectus and, including the items listed below, return it by post.

What to Include (email or post)
Students must include the following with their application:
• Their full name (this is the name that will appear on any
• future award parchments).
• A copy of their degree or relevant qualification
• One passport-type photograph
• The semester fee

• A letter from their employer confirming that fees will be paid directly to the IPA

Places on the programmes are limited and demand for places is likely to exceed the number available. Consequently, you are strongly advised to apply as early as possible.

Doctorate In Governance Applications
In addition to the application form, applicants should
also provide:
• A copy of their CV
• Copies of degree certificates
• A covering letter detailing their reasons for applying
• Two references (one academic, one professional), which
• must be sent in sealed envelopes, signed on the back by
• the referee
• A letter confirming that the course fees will be paid by the
• student or a third party, e.g. the applicant's employer.

Assessment Info

The first year is assessed on the basis of exams at the end of each semester. The second year is assessed on the basis of the student dissertation.


Two academic years.

Delivery Method
In the first year – the Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis – students attend lectures at the IPA on one day each week. The second year is devoted, under expert supervision, to the preparation of a dissertation.


The cost of the first year of the programme (Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis) is €7,900 per annum. The fee for the second year (Master of Economic Science in Policy Analysis) is €5,000 per annum. Fees include all matriculation and examination fees, all seminars, textbooks and course material, payable in two instalments.

Enrolment dates

Commences: September 2020.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Evening

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