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Leadership & Innovation in the Public Sector

Is this course for me?

This course aims to deliver a range of learning experiences that empower participants to develop their knowledge, understanding and applied skills in the field of innovation and transformational change within the delivery of public services.

It aims to challenge participants to move beyond the passive absorption of information through critical analysis and reflection and towards innovative, strategic and transformational management initiatives within their sponsoring organization.

This course has been developed by Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Ulster University, in collaboration with the Office of An Taoiseach and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, and begins in January each year.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
The entry requirement is a second-class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; and be in relevant employment within the Public Services. Participants are identified as those charged with delivering strategic, transformational change through clear mission and innovative leadership. The course is directed at managers at Grade 7 / Principal Officer grade or equivalent.


2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

Follow-on Courses

Follow up programmes elsewhere include: Level 10 studies (Doctoral) at other institutions and universities at home and abroad.

Career Pathways

The main employers are: Public Service

Graduate Careers
Former graduates are employed in the following capacities: Senior Management in Public Service

Further enquiries

Further Information
Patricia Doherty
Head of Department
Telephone: +353 (0)74 9186202

Subjects taught

Year One

Proposed Modules Mandatory/elective Credits

Context of Leadership, Innovation & Transformation Mandatory 10
Transformational leadership Mandatory 10
Citizens Centric Policy Design Mandatory 10
Change and Cultural Management Mandatory 10
Digital Transformation and Shared Services Mandatory 10

Year Two

Proposed Modules Mandatory/elective Credits

Performance Management Mandatory 10
Research Project Mandatory 30

Course fee

EU Fees: €11,000.00
Non-EU Fees: €11,000.00

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