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The DGov is a 4 - 5 year professional doctoral programme.
It provides public policy-makers and public sector managers
with the advanced knowledge and high-level critical skills
that their professional lives demand. Students explore how
public policy-making has evolved, and is continuing to evolve,
as a result of changes in the structure and practices of the
modern state. The programme will enable policy-makers to
gain a comprehensive understanding of issues and patterns
of governance in Ireland and abroad. It involves the study of
various modules and the preparation of a research project.

The DGov programme attracts participants from the civil service, local government service, health services, security services, other state services and the voluntary sector in Ireland, Great Britain and the rest of Europe. Applicants should normally possess a primary degree, or equivalent qualification, of at least upper second class honours (2.1) standard and have at least five years’ full-time work experience at an appropriate level in a relevant public service profession. Interviews may be held to assess the suitability of applicants.


4 - 5 years.

Careers or further progression

The DGov is the Whitaker School’s highest award and produces graduates with great expertise in issues fundamental to a successful and rewarding career in the public service and related fields. Study groups and peer interaction are facilitated and encouraged.

Further enquiries

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

Tel +353 (0) 1 240 3600
LoCall 1890 20 26 26
Fax +353 (0) 1 668 9135

Programme Leader
Dr Michael Mulreany
Course Director
Institute of Public Administration
Lansdowne Road
Dublin 4

Subjects taught

The first two years of the programme are devoted to nine modules including the following:
- Modernisation: Government and the Modern State
- Governance in Europe
- Governance and Regulation
- Economics and Governance
- Corporate Governance
- Governance, Policy and Implementation
- Research Methods

The remaining years of the programme are devoted to a research project of 50,000 words on an agreed subject of the participant’s choosing. A module on Research Methods and Design is also provided.


Directed study, residential seminars and a research project.

Accredited by UCD
Level 10 (Major Award) on the National Framework for Qualifications

Programme Delivery and Evaluation
This part-time programme is delivered by means of directed
study and a research project on a subject relevant to the
participant’s work experience and professional formation.
Participants can pursue the programme no matter where they
live or work but must attend a number of intensive weekend
residential study sessions. Evaluation is based on assignment
papers prepared by participants under the direction of the
tutors responsible for the different programme modules and
the final research project.

Residential Study Sessions
These sessions comprise lectures, seminars and workshops and are scheduled over three days for each module. The sessions provide participants with the opportunity to compare and exchange best-practice experience.

Key Attributes
The DGov programme:
- Provides a unique curriculum of leading-edge, doctoral level education
- Is delivered under the direction of an international team of acknowledged academics and practitioners
- Focuses on applying academic understandings and skills to professional practice
- Facilitates research into, and debate on, key issues affecting policy-makers
- Creates opportunities to develop inter-jurisdiction networks
- Involves residential study sessions to facilitate learning and esprit de corps among participants and teaching staff
- Includes a doctoral research project on a subject of the participant’s choice
- Provides extensive participant support, including an induction workshop, personal tutor and progress tutorials at each study session.

Assessment method

Evaluation is based on the standard of assignment papers prepared by participants under the direction of the tutors responsible for the different programme modules.

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
- 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 €8,000 per annum,

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