The MA – Financial Management is a two-year, part-time programme that explores key subjects in financial management. It seeks to raise the level of financial analysis in the public service and equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective financial management.
On completing the first year of the programme students receive the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. The second year of the course is divided into two semesters. In the first of these, students study three key topics in financial management. In the second, students write a dissertation on a specific financial management issue. Year two will normally only commence in autumn of each year. Students that do not wish to take all three subjects in any particular semester may choose to study one or two on a phased basis.
Is This Programme For You?
With relevance to those who work in both the public and the private sector, this programme will obviously be of particular interest to anyone who wants to gain some expertise in financial management. The programme is delivered through a blend of distance education and intensive weekend seminars and workshops at the IPA. Students can, therefore, pursue this programme no matter where they live and can remain in full-time employment.
Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management
The first year of the MA programme is divided into two semesters and each semester is devoted to the study of three key subjects in public management.
- Managing Human Resources
- Organisation and Strategy
- Research Methods
- Managing Service Delivery/ Managing in Europe
On completing this course, students will understand the theory and practice of financial strategy and be able to apply the theories of corporate finance to the Irish and international financial environment. The course focuses on capital investment decisions and risk, capital structure, financial planning, the management of working capital, derivatives and corporate governance.
Public Sector Finance
The size and role of government activity in an economy effect every citizen in the State. This course explores the level, trend and economic consequences of such activity. Among the specific topics addressed are public/private partnerships, costing and pricing, expenditure reviews, the economics of tax and debt, and international developments in public sector finance.
Governance and Audit
This course is concerned with governance and audit and the related issue of risk management. With reference to modern governance scandals, it explores reform in the Irish public service around governance and accountability, regulatory frameworks, financial reporting requirements in the public and private sectors, internal audit, internal control systems and risk management.
In the second semester of year two, students write a dissertation on a specific financial management issue. Students must successfully complete the taught courses before moving to the dissertation phase.
Applicants for Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates, MA, MEconSc and MSc programmes must have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.
How to Apply
By Email (preferred method)
Please download and complete the application form on
www.ipa.ie and email it, along with the items listed below, to email@example.com
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
• 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.
Students submit assignments, sit final examinations and complete a minor dissertation.
Two academic years.
In the first year of the programme, students attend seminars/webinars on three weekends in each semester. In the second year, they attend three seminars/webinars in the first semester and then, in the second, prepare, under expert supervision, a minor dissertation. They are supported in their studies by a range of resources, including bespoke course material and module textbooks.
The cost of the programme is €5,000 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees, all seminars, textbooks and course material), payable in two instalments.
Commences: September 2020.
Post Course Info
Students may enter the first year of the MA (Postgraduate Diploma) in September or January. Those who enter in September can, on successful completion of the academic year, proceed to the second year. Those who enter in January can finish within the calendar year and proceed to the second year the following September.