The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management is a oneyear, part-time programme that analyses public management issues using models and concepts from the social sciences and quantitative disciplines. It is both a stand-alone qualification and the first year of the MA programme.
The programme is divided into two semesters, each of which includes three subjects. Each semester is self-contained and the programme begins in both September and January. Students can specialise in a field of particular relevance to them. The programme is delivered through a blend of distance education and intensive weekend seminars at the IPA. Students that do not wish to take all three subjects in any particular semester can choose to study one or two on a phased basis.
Over the course of the year, students receive instruction in areas vital to the management of public services, including the cost-appraisal of projects, how to promote organisational change, public sector financial management and the huge significance of EU institutions and policies for Ireland.