Public Policy

GradCert Public Policy
Graduate Taught (level 9 NFQ, credits 40)
Vision and Values Statement
Public policy making has become more challenging in recent years in the context of the increasing complexity of clients' needs, growing expectations regarding appropriate service quality and diminishing public spending in many countries. The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy FT is designed to provide you with a core of modules to introduce general concepts and skills to meet these challenges.

We examine the socio-economic changes and political issues which influence policy making, the challenges associated with effective regulation and administration of public services and ensuring that policy decisions are evidence based. After successful graduation, the GradCert provides the option for specialisation in certain public policy areas and further studies towards the Master of Pulic Policy.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Evidence-Based Policy Making SPOL40450
Data & Methods for Policy Analysis SPOL41020
Public Administration & Policy SPOL41060
Ideas, Ideology in Public Pol.SPOL41110

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will be identical to those obtaining for the current Public Policy programme intake (fulltime and part- time):

The academic minimum standard for admission to a Masters programme is an Upper Second Class degree or its equivalent. Relevant professional experience and motivation will be considered where the first degree was taken in a field with little or no relevance to the social sciences, or where the first degree was taken a long time ago (eg more than ten years prior to application).

Relevant professional experience and motivation may also be taken into account in the case of students who have not attained the minimum academic standards: in this case, they may be offered a place on the Graduate Diploma programme, with the possibility of transferring to the MP, subject to academic performance and grades attained.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
Grad Cert Public Policy FT (W469)
Deadline: Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No


Grad Cert Public Policy FT (W469)
Duration: 9 Months
Attend: Full Time

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  • Qualification letters

    Prof. Dip.

  • Qualifications

    Graduate Certificate

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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