Public Administration

The modules offered in the MPA programme are designed to provide participants with a rigorous and inter-disciplinary curriculum in public administration, economics, and law. The MPA aims to equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of the nature, role and development of the public sector, and an awareness of public service values. Students take compulsory modules in Public Administration, Economics, Organisational Behaviour, Policy Analysis and Law. For the research element of the programme students participate in a research methods module designed for practitioners and complete an individual research project.

Key Fact:
A key feature of the programme is the interdisplinary nature of the subject offerings. Students can undertake modules in areas such as Ecomonics, Law and Public Policy.

Subjects taught

Full-Time Programme Content
Autumn Semester
• Public Administration Theory & Practice
• Research Methods for Practitioners
• Organisational Behaviour
• Economics for Business

Spring Semester
• Collaborative Governance & Leadership
• International Economic Issues
• Administrative Law
• Using Evidence to Improve Societal Outcomes in the Real World

Summer Semester
• Dissertation

Part-time Programme Content
Year 1
Autumn Semester
• Public Administration Theory & Practice
• Organisational Behaviour
• Economics for Business

Spring Semester
• Collaborative Governance & Leadership
• International Economic Issues
• Administrative Law

Year 2
Autumn Semester
• Research Methods for Practitioners

Spring Semester
• Using Evidence to Improve Societal Outcomes in the Real World

Summer Semester
• Dissertation

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Master's programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

Alternative Exit route of Graduate Diploma in Public Administration on completion of 2 semesters (60 ECTS). Students who attain the standard of second class honours grade one on completion of the (60 ects) may, on the submission of an appropriate research proposal, be permitted to transfer to the MPA register at the discretion of the Course Board.

Application dates

How to apply:
1. Choose your programme.
2. Check closing date for the programme.
3. Apply online at www.ul.ie
4. Have your supporting documentation ready to upload.
5. Pay the application fee (€35 online / €40 bank draft or cheque).
6. Submit your application.

Please have the following documents ready to upload with your application:

Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)

English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)

References if desired

A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

Duration

1 Year, Full-Time or 2 Years, Part-Time.

Enrolment dates

09/Sep/2019

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PgDip/MA

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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    Course provider