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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. In the second year of the course, students
write a dissertation on an issue germane to their work or
environment. Students also attend a week-long seminar at
the Louvain Institute for Ireland in Europe. Students who do
not wish to take all three subjects in any particular semester
may choose to study one or two on a phased basis.

The research methods module that students take in the
first year helps prepare them for the dissertation year. With
assistance from an IPA supervisor, students complete a
dissertation on a subject they are especially interested in or
one that features in their workplace.

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.

Entry requirements

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

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.

Duration

2 years

The MA is delivered through distance education, so students can remain in full-time employment. Students attend some weekend seminars at the IPA in Dublin.

Further enquiries

Postgraduate Office,
Whitaker School of Government and Management,
Institute of Public Administration,
57 - 61 Lansdowne Road,
Dublin 4,
Ireland.

Tel +353 (0) 1 240 3600
LoCall 1890 20 26 26
Fax +353 (0) 1 668 9135
Email postgrad@ipa.ie

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. (See pages 10-11 for more
details on the subjects).

Semester One
- Economics
- Managing Human Resources
- Finance

Semester Two
- Organisation and Strategy
- Research Methods
- Managing Service Delivery/Managing in Europe

YEAR TWO
Dissertation
In the second year of the course, students write a dissertation
on an issue or topic that is germane to their work or
environment. They also attend a week-long seminar at the
Louvain Institute for Ireland in Europe in Belgium.

Comment

Accreditation
The IPA is a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD). From 2012, any student entering an accredited IPA Programme will graduate with a UCD award. The IPA and UCD are part of the wider National University of Ireland (NUI) network. The MA (Public Management) is at Level 9 (Major Award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Interim Award
Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management

Assessment method

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

Application date

Please complete the application form at the end of the prospectus (or view link below) 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. Successful applicants will receive further details prior to the commencement of the programmes.

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.

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