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.

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 scheduled webianrs/seminars 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 doctoral programme is the highest level of award offered by the Whitaker School of Government and Management at the IPA. It 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 and will attend several day-long or weekend webinars/seminars. Evaluation is based on assignment papers and the final research project.

Entry Requirements

Appliants should normaly possess a primary and postgradaute 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 the public service. Interviews may be held to assess suitability.

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

If exiting the programme after the second year, students can obtain an MSc in Applied Governance.

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

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Commences

September 2021

Application Deadline

September 2021

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.

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 scheduled webianrs/seminars 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. During this dissertation phase, students work under the direction of a supervisor and attend periodic webinars/workshops. 

 

Other Information

Programme Leader:

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

 

Prospectus

Programme Delivery and Application Form

For the academic year 2021-2022, programmes will generally be delivered through a blended learning model. Students access a range of online resources, receive module textbooks, and attend webinars on scheduled dates (mainly weekends). For multi-year programmes, any seminar arrangements will be made in line with public health restrictions. Further details will be provided on registration.

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