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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.

Participant Profile
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.

Study groups and peer interaction are facilitated and encouraged.

Key Attributes
The DGov programme:
• Provides a unique curriculum of doctoral level education
• Is delivered under the direction of a team of expert academics and practitioners
• Focuses on applying academic understandings and skills to professional practice
• Facilitates research into, and debate on, key issues affecting policy-making and governance
• 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, a personal tutor and guidance tutorials at each study session

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.

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.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants for the Doctorate in Governance 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.

Duration

4 - 5 years.

Delivery Method
Directed study, residential seminars and a research project.

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.

Further enquiries

Tel: +353 1 240 3600
Email: postgrad@ipa.ie

Programme Leader
Dr Michael Mulreany
Course Director
Institute of Public Administration
Lansdowne Road
Dublin 4
Email: mmulreany@ipa.ie

Subjects taught

Years One And Two
The first two years of the programme are devoted to ten modules:
• Governance and the Modern State
• Governance in Europe
• Governance and Regulation
• Economics and Governance
• Corporate Governance
• Public Administration and Governance
• Governance, Policy and Implementation
• Social Justice and Governance
• Research Methods
• Professional Practice Module

On successfully completing the first two years, students can exit the programme with the award of MSc in Applied Governance.

Subsequent Years
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.

Comment

Accreditation: National University of Ireland
Place on NFQ: Level 10 (Major Award).
Interim Award: Master of Science in Applied Governance

Accreditation
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

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.

Application date

Apply Online from August 2018, students can apply online at www.ipa.ie.

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 €8,000 per annum.

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/October 2018.

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