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Leadership & Strategy

The MA – Leadership and Strategy is a two-year, part-time programme that explores the theory and practice of effective leadership and strategy formulation. Both public and private sector organisations need leaders with expertise in the HR, strategic and financial components of organisational life. This programme sees students undertake a dissertation in the leadership and strategy field, a dissertation that may well take an aspect of their professional life as its starting point.

This programme has wide appeal, but it is particularly relevant to those whose professional life involves making and executing decisions. In addition to their study of core economic, financial and HR subjects, students will undertake supervised research on a leadership or strategy issue

Entry requirements

Applicants for Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates, MA, MEconSc and MSc programmes must have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.

This programme has wide appeal, but it is particularly relevant to those whose professional life involves making and executing decisions. As with the other MA programmes, students study through a blend of distance education and intensive weekend seminars at the IPA.


2 years

The MA is delivered through distance education, so students can remain in full-time employment. Students attend some weekend seminars at the IPA in Dublin.

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

Subjects taught

The first year of the programme is divided into two semesters,
and each semester is devoted to the study of three subjects:
Semester One
- Economics
- Managing Human Resources
- Finance

Semester Two
- Organisation and Strategy
- Research Methods
- Managing Service Delivery/Managing in Europe

Semester One
Leadership in Context
Evolving perspectives of leadership, the psychology of
leadership, leadership and influence, leadership and politics,
moral and ethical leadership, social leadership, public sector
leadership, commercial and entrepreneurial leadership.

Strategic Management and Analysis
The strategy process, visions and missions, formulating
strategies, internal and corporate appraisal, external
environmental analysis, analysis and evaluation of risks,
structures and contingencies, stakeholders and interest groups,
the strategic management of innovation.

Leadership & Strategy Implementation
Leadership and strategy formulation, strategic analysis
and evaluation, leadership and the decision process, public
and private sector leadership, policy formulation and
implementation, the management of change, leadership and
strategy implementation in a global context, ethics and social

Semester Two
In the second semester of year two, students write a
dissertation on a specific leadership and strategy topic.


The IPA is a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD). From 2012, any student entering an accredited IPA Programme will graduate with a UCD award. The IPA and UCD are part of the wider National University of Ireland (NUI) network. The MA (Leadership and Strategy) is at Level 9 (Major Award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Assessment method

Students are assessed on the basis of assignment, examinations, and their dissertation.

Course fee

The cost of the programme is €5,000 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees, all seminars, textbooks and course material), payable in two instalments.

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