Governance

The DGov is a 4 - 5 year professional doctoral programme. It provides public policy-makers and public sector managers with the advanced knowledge and high-level critical skills that their professional lives demand. Students explore how public policy-making has evolved, and is continuing to evolve, as a result of changes in the structure and practices of the modern state. The programme will enable policy-makers to gain a comprehensive understanding of issues and patterns of governance in Ireland and abroad. It involves the study of various modules and the preparation of a research project.

The DGov programme:

  • Provides a unique curriculum of doctoral level education
  • Is delivered under the direction of a team of acknowledged academics and practitioners
  • Focuses on applying academic understandings and skills to professional practice
  • Facilitates research into, and debate on, key issues affecting policy-making and governance 
  • Creates opportunities to develop inter-jurisdiction networks
  • Involves residential study sessions to facilitate learning and esprit de corps among participants and teaching staff
  • Includes a doctoral research project on a subject of the participant’s choice
  • Provides extensive participant support, including an induction workshop, a personal tutor and progress tutorials at each study session.

Doctorate in Governance (DGov)

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

This part-time programme is delivered by means of taught modules, directed study and a research project on a subject relevant to the participant’s work experience and professional formation. 

Participants can pursue the programme no matter where they live or work but must attend a number of intensive weekend residential study sessions. Evaluation is based on assignment papers and the final research project.

Entry Requirements

To apply please contact the Graduate Studies office at the IPA and request an application form. This should be completed and returned, together with:

  • A copy of the applicant’s CV
  • Copies of degree certificates
  • A covering letter detailing the applicant’s reasons for applying
  • Two references 
  • A letter confirming that the course fees will be paid by the student or a third party, e.g. the applicant’s employer

Duration

4 - 5 years

Interim Awards

MSc in Applied Governance

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

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Commences

September 2018

Application Deadline

August 2018

Fees

The cost of the programme is €8,000 per annum.

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The Programme

The DGov is a 4 - 5 year professional doctoral programme. It provides public policy-makers and public sector managers with the advanced knowledge and high-level critical skills that their professional lives demand. Students explore how public policy-making has evolved, and is continuing to evolve, as a result of changes in the structure and practices of the modern state. The programme will enable policy-makers to gain a comprehensive understanding of issues and patterns of governance in Ireland and abroad. It involves the study of various modules and the preparation of a research project.

The DGov programme:

  • Provides a unique curriculum of doctoral level education
  • Is delivered under the direction of a team of acknowledged academics and practitioners
  • Focuses on applying academic understandings and skills to professional practice
  • Facilitates research into, and debate on, key issues affecting policy-making and governance 
  • Creates opportunities to develop inter-jurisdiction networks
  • Involves residential study sessions to facilitate learning and esprit de corps among participants and teaching staff
  • Includes a doctoral research project on a subject of the participant’s choice
  • Provides extensive participant support, including an induction workshop, a personal tutor and progress tutorials at each study session.
Is This Programme for you?

The DGov programme attracts participants from the civil service, local government service, health services, security services, other state services and the voluntary sector in Ireland, Great Britain and the rest of Europe. Applicants should normally possess a primary degree, or equivalent qualification, of at least upper second class honours (2.1) standard and have at least five years’ full-time work experience at an appropriate level in a relevant public service profession. Interviews may be held to assess the suitability of applicants.

The DGov is the Whitaker School’s highest award and produces graduates with great expertise in issues fundamental to a successful and rewarding career in the public service and related fields. Study groups and peer interaction are facilitated and encouraged.

Subjects

Years One and Two: 

The first two years of the programme are devoted to ten modules:

  • Governance and the Modern State
  • Governance in Europe
  • Governance and Regulation
  • Economics and Governance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Public Administration and Governance
  • Governance, Policy and Implementation
  • Social Justice and Governance
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Practice Module

On successfully completing the first two years, students can exit the programme with the award of MSc in Applied Governance.

Subsequent Years:

The remaining years of the programme are devoted to a research project of 50,000 words on an agreed subject of the participant’s choosing. A module on Research Methods and Design is also provided.

 

Other Information

Programme Leader:

Dr Michael Mulreany
Course Director
Institute of Public Administration Lansdowne Road Dublin 4
Email: mmulreany@ipa.ie

 

Prospectus

Postgraduate Prospectus 2018 / 2019

Full details on all IPA postgraduate programmes are available in the prospectus, which you can view or download here.

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