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.