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Diploma in Local Government Studies

Key Facts

  • Distance learning supported by attendance at weekday tutorials at the IPA in Dublin and regionally where demand warrants this. Regional locations are not confirmed until after the closing date for applications.
  • Four tutorial days and one seminar day over one academic year (September to April)
  • Accredited by UCD
  • Level 6 (Special Purpose Award) on the National Framework for Qualifications
  • Commences September/October
  • The Cost is €840 (including all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments. See p. 85 of the brochure for more details
  • Participants who successfully complete the Diploma programme may advance to year 3 of the Local Government stream of the IPA’s Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree, on completion of a bridging course.
  • Download the BrochureRead the Key Facts Sheet

The Diploma in Local Government Studies provides a more in-depth and analytical treatment of the main local authority services. It is also designed to amplify and build on the foundation coverage of legislation provided by the Certificate in Local Government Studies.  Both programmes are intended to be an important step in the career development path of local authority staff and to provide material of relevance to enhance the competence of individuals in their career path.

Audience

This Diploma is ideally suited to:

  • Staff of all disciplines who have successfully completed the Certificate in Local Government Studies (accredited by the NUI)
  • Graduates of the IPA Certificate in Local Government Studies
  • Graduates of the IPA Higher Certificate in Local Government Studies

Delivery and Duration

This one year programme will commence in September and ends with examinations in April. It will require student participation through attendance at four x one day intensive tutorials one x one day compulsory seminar. Students will receive a learning pack comprising a specially developed distance learning text and associated reading lists

The tutorials are designed to support students and to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the course text. The course material is updated annually and incorporates all key aspects of local government legislation and practice.

Tutorials are delivered by experienced practitioners on a regional basis where demand warrants this. Regional venues around the country are selected to suit the range of participants.

Tutorial Regions* and Dates* are to be confirmed for 2016-2017.

*Regions are subject to minimum student numbers and dates may be subject to change.  See the Key Facts Sheet for proposed dates.

Programme Content

This Diploma covers the following topics:

Module One

  • Local Government Reform
  • Local Government Finance

Module Two

  • Community Development / Governance
  • Human Resources

Module Three

  • The Housing Function
  • The Roads Function / Water Services

Module Four

  • Planning and Development
  • Environment

There will also be a compulsory one-day seminar which will be concerned with developing the themes of inter-functional and authority wide issues. It will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss new/topical areas of direct interest to their jobs. Topics covered include Comparative Local Government; EU and Local Government; Local Government and economic, social and cultural development.

Accreditation

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. The Diploma in Local Government Studies is at Level 6 (Special Purpose Award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Progression

Participants who successfully complete the Diploma programme may advance to year 3 of the Local Government stream of the IPA’s Bachelor of Arts degree, on condition that they complete a bridging course. The bridging course is delivered during the summer months via three two-day weekend seminars. The subjects that are assessed in the bridging course are: Irish Government and Politics; Micro and Macro Economics; and Organisation and Management.  BA graduates may continue their studies through the Institute’s MA in Local Government Management.

Assessment

Assessment is continuous throughout the programme and consists of four project assignments and review through examination.

Fee, Enrolment Procedures and Admissions

The IPA's undergraduate brochure provides all this information and can be downloaded from this page.

Read the Key Facts Sheet

Read the Brochure

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