Public Administration

Key programme benefits to future students
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 course 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 study a wide range of topics including Public Administration, Economics, Organisational Behaviour, Policy Analysis and Law.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Public Administration Theory & Practice
• Research Methods for Practitioners
• Organisational Behaviour
• Economics for Business

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

Summer Modules
• Dissertation

Autumn Modules
• Public Administration Theory & Practice (Y1)
• Organisational Behaviour (Y1)
• Economics for Business (Y1)
• Research Methods for Practitioners (Y2)

Spring Modules
• Collaborative Governance & Leadership (Y1)
• International Economic Issues (Y1)
• Administrative Law (Y1)
• Using Evidence to Improve Societal Outcomes in the Real World (Y2)

Summer Modules
• Dissertation (Y2)

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.

What to Include with Your Application
Qualification transcripts and certificates
A copy of your birth certificate or passport
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, on-campus.

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Graduate careers
Graduates pursue careers in public agencies or non-governmental organisations working with government, whether at the local, national or international levels.

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  • Qualifications

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

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time,Part time

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