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Policy Analysis

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.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis is a one-year, part-time programme that focuses on improving the policy-analysis skills of Irish public servants. It responds to a palpable need for greater understanding of project management, economic and financial analysis, social policy analysis, cost benefit analysis and data analysis.

Entry requirements

This programme is open to public servants of all grades who are concerned with policy analysis.


The Postgraduate Diploma takes one year to complete. Students attend lectures at the IPA on one evening and on one full weekday.

Careers or further progression

Students who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to proceed to a further year of study for a Master’s qualification, Master of Economic Science in Policy Analysis (MEconSc).

Subjects taught

Students take four subjects in each of the two semesters.

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

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

Students who do not wish to take all the subjects may choose to study one or two on a phased basis. Students who do not need the full qualification can choose particular subjects of interest.


Accredited by UCD
Level 9 (Major Award) on the National Framework for Qualifications

The IPA is a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD). From 2011, 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. This Postgraduate Diploma is at Level 9 (Major Award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Application date

Prospective students should have an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.

To enrol, obtain and complete and application from the Graduate Office at the IPA and return it with:

one copy of your degree or equivalent qualification

one passport-type photograph

the programme fee

a letter from your employer confirming that fees will be paid directly to the IPA.

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Commencing September

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