Public Management

Institute of Public Administration - IPA

Public Management

Accreditation: National University of Ireland

Place on NFQ: Level 9 (Major Award).

Award: Master of Arts

Interim Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management

The Programme

The MA – Public Management is a two-year, part-time programme that combines instruction in key subjects in public management with an opportunity for students to research and write about a specific topic in the public management field. It aims to raise the level of analysis of Irish public management and to develop more efficient and resourceful public sector managers.

On completing the first year of the programme, students receive the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. Six modules are covered in the first year, three before Christmas and three after. Students study course material and attend intensive weekend seminars at the IPA campus. The second year of the course is devoted to the preparation of a dissertation on a topic of particular relevance to a student’s professional life. Working under the guidance of an IPA supervisor, students apply the ideas and principles they encountered in their first year to an agreed public management issue. In so doing, they obtain significant, transferable competencies and skills in research and critical analysis.

The research methods module that students take in their first year helps prepare them for the dissertation phase.

Is this programme for you?

This programme is suitable for students working in all parts of the public sector, from large central government departments and local authorities to small public agencies. 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.

Subjects taught

Year One

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management

Interim Award

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.

Semester One

• Economics

• Managing Human Resources

• Finance

Semester Two

• Organisation and Strategy

• Research Methods

• Managing Service Delivery/Managing in Europe

Year Two


In the second year of the programme, students write a dissertation. The topic they address will be relevant to their professional formation and interests and determined on foot of advice and support from their IPA supervisor. A seminar at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe —which takes place at the start of the academic year—prepares students for their research.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.

Application dates

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Download the programme application form and complete it in full.

Email that form, along with all the items below, to, 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.

Assessment Info

Students are assessed by means of assignments, examinations and a dissertation.


Two academic years.

Delivery Method

In the first year of the programme, students attend seminars/webinars on three weekends in each term and are supported in their studies by a range of resources, including online course material and essential textbooks. In the second year, under expert supervision and with seminar/webinar support, they prepare a dissertation.


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.

Enrolment dates

Commences: September 2024

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.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Daytime,Weekend,Blended

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