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Economic Science in Policy Analysis

This two-year, part-time programme addresses the tangible need for the development of policy analysis skills across the wider public service. It explores subjects that are crucial to the expert assessment of contemporary public policy, including project management, economic and financial analysis, social policy analysis and cost-benefit analysis. On completion of the first year of the programme, students receive the Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis. In the second year, they complete a supervised dissertation on a policy analysis issue that they are particularly interested in.

The subjects taken in the first year, including a module on research methods, will help prepare students to choose and complete an appropriate dissertation. Graduates of this programme are very well-equipped to play a role in the formulation and implementation of public policies in a very wide range of areas.

Is This Programme For You?
Yes, if you appreciate the vital role that policy analysis plays in promoting economic and social progress and want to understand the tools and methodologies that should be applied in such analysis. You may well work in the wider public service and wish to play a professional role in the formulation and analysis of policy.

Entry requirements

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

Duration

One/two academic years.

Delivery Method
In the first year – the Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis – students attend lectures on one evening and one full day over the course of the academic year and occasional tutorials. The second year – during which students attend scheduled seminars – is devoted to the preparation of a dissertation.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Year One
Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis
Students take four subjects in each of the two semesters:

Semester One (September – December)
• Elements of Economic Analysis
• Financial Analysis
• Public Sector Economics
• Policy Evaluation

Semester Two (January – April)
• Economic Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis
• Project and Risk Management
• Research Methods
• Social Policy Analysis

Year Two
Master of Economic Science in Policy Analysis
In the second and final year of the programme, students complete a dissertation on a policy analysis issue, building on the knowledge and skills that they have obtained in the Diploma year. Students will also meet with their classmates on several occasions to discuss their research and their ideas.

Comment

Accreditation: National University of Ireland
Place on NFQ: Level 9 (Major Award).
Award: Master of Economic Science in Policy Analysis.
Interim Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis.

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

The first year is assessed on the basis of exams at the end of each semester. The second year is assessed on the basis of the student dissertation.

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 first year of the programme (Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis) is €7,900 per annum. The fee for the second year (Master of Economic Science in Policy Analysis) is €5,000 per annum. Fees include all matriculation and examination fees, all seminars, textbooks and course material, payable in two instalments.

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 2018.

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