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Healthcare Management

The MA – Healthcare Management is a two-year, part-time programme that focuses on the issues that affect the Irish health system.

On completing the first year of the programme, students receive the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. The second year of the course is divided into two semesters. In the first of these, students study four key subjects in healthcare management. In the second, students write a dissertation on a specific healthcare management issue. Students who do not wish to take all four subjects in any particular semester may choose to study one or two on a phased basis.

Is This Programme For You?
This programme is suitable for those who work in the health sector, particularly those looking to advance in their career or already in a management role. Students come from across both the public and private health sector and from service areas including primary and community care, acute care, social care, mental health and corporate services. By placing healthcare issues within the broader public management field, the programme gives students an understanding of how healthcare management relates to other economic, organisational and system questions. 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 fulltime employment.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants for Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates, MA, MEconSc and MSc programmes must have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.


Two academic years.

Delivery Method
A blend of distance learning and weekend seminars at the IPA campus in Dublin.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Tel: +353 1 240 3600

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
Semester One
Health Systems and Policy
This module explores what health systems are and what shapes them. It considers health policy formulation, the structure of the Irish health system, current Irish policies in key healthcare areas (including primary and acute care), and future challenges for the Irish health system.

Leadership and Management of Healthcare Organisations
In exploring leadership and management in healthcare, this course addresses organisational theory, organisational behaviour, and managing organisational performance. It also attends to theories of leadership and management and to how best to lead change in the healthcare setting.

Quality in Healthcare
This course examines the structures and processes that should be in place to ensure quality in healthcare. It considers patient safety, quality assessments, clinical and organisational governance, clinical audit and evidence-based medicine. Health Economics and Finance Healthcare management requires a solid understanding of the economic and financial implications of decisions and policies. This course covers the healthcare market, pricing health services, supply-side efficiency, programme budgeting, casemix, and management accounting control and accountability.

Semester Two
In the second semester of year two students write a dissertation on a specific healthcare management issue.


Accreditation: National University of Ireland
Place on NFQ: Level 9 (Major Award).
Award: Master of Arts
Interim Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management

Students who commence an IPA programme in the academic year 2018-2019 will graduate with a qualification accredited by the National University of Ireland (NUI). IPA postgraduate programmes sit between levels eight and ten on the ten-point National Framework of Qualifications.

Assessment method

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

Application date

Apply Online from August 2018, students can apply online at

Apply by Post
Please complete the application form and return it to the IPA, together with:
• One copy of your degree or relevant qualification
• One passport-type photograph
• 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.

Course fee

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.

When fees are being paid by the participant's employer, the IPA will invoice the fee for each semester separately.

Enrolment and start dates

Commences: September 2018.

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