The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management is both a stand-alone qualification and the first year of the MA programme. It explores public management issues using models and concepts from a range of fields, including economics, human resource management, and organisational strategy.
The programme is divided into two semesters: September to December and January to April. Each of these is devoted to the study of three key public management subjects. The programme is delivered through a blend of self-directed study and intensive weekend seminars at the IPA campus in Dublin. Students receive textbooks and course manuals for all subjects.
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.
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. New responsibilities or career ambitions may well mean that you require graduate-level education in public management subjects. As the programme is delivered through a blend of distance education and weekend seminars, you can work toward a postgraduate qualification while remaining in fulltime employment.