Accreditation: National University of Ireland
Place on NFQ: Level 9 (Special Purpose Award).
Award: Postgraduate Certificate.
Postgraduate Certificates are one-year programmes in which students take the second year of IPA MA programmes. They are stand-alone qualifications that focus on subjects relevant to a particular sector or function in public management. There is no progression from these programmes to the Master of Arts programme.
Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Management
Students take three or four subjects and complete a minor dissertation. Students must successfully complete the taught courses before moving to the dissertation phase.
Is This Programme For You?
Many graduate students are interested in a number of the fields in which the IPA offers qualifications. Students who wish to focus exclusively on HRM, Financial Management or any other of the specialisms listed above may do so by studying the second year of the MA programme. On completion, they will receive a Postgraduate Certificate in the specialism of their choice. New responsibilities at work or changes in career very often mean that instruction in a new field and an extra qualification are necessary. These one-year certificates are designed to meet such needs.
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 must have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.
Go to www.ipa.ie.
Download the programme application form and complete it in full.
Email that form, along with all the items below, to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading: Application for: Name of Programme. The items below must be scanned and included as attachments in the email:
A passport-type photograph.
A scan of your degree or relevant qualification.
The semester fee OR a letter from your 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.
Students are generally assessed by means of assignments, final exams and a minor dissertation.
One academic year.
Students attend weekend seminars/webinars in relevant modules and prepare a minor dissertation. They are supported in their studies by a range of resources, including online course material and essential 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 2024