Governance

The Professional Certificate in Governance is a one-year part-time programme that addresses a key area of concern to professionals in the public and private sectors. Governance is a subject used in several contexts and is a subject of much debate in Ireland and elsewhere. This programme examines governance as a set of structures and processes used in arriving at and implementing decisions. 

Addressing such topics as the role and responsibilities of governing bodies and boards, the performance and accountability of directors, assurance arrangements, fiduciary responsibilities, executive and non-executive functions and reserved functions of boards, the Certificate explains the principles of governance and the constituent elements of ‘good’ governance. In short, graduates will have authoritative knowledge of the principles and practice associated with decision-making and control in organisations. 

The lecturing team includes experienced governance specialists and practitioners. Study groups and peer interaction are facilitated and encouraged.

Professional Certificate in Governance

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

For the academic year 2021-2022, the programme is delivered through a blended learning model. Via the IPA’s online learning portal, students will access comprehensive course material, video lectures, and live webinars where lecturers will cultivate discussion. Students will also receive a hardcopy textbook and access to the resources of the IPA Library.  Any further seminar arrangements will be made in line with public health restrictions. Further details will be provided on registration.

Accessing and using the online content will be a straightforward affair; students will not require anything beyond standard ICT skills. The IPA will provide comprehensive guidance and support.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.

Duration

One academic year

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

Level 9 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

September 2021

Application Deadline

September 2021

Fees

The cost of the programme is €2,500 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees, all seminars, textbooks and course material), payable in two instalments.

Note: Fees may increase slightly from year to year. Where this occurs, continuing students will be charged the increased fee.

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The Programme

The Professional Certificate in Governance is a one-year part-time programme that addresses a key area of concern to professionals in the public and private sectors. Governance is a subject used in several contexts and is a subject of much debate in Ireland and elsewhere. This programme examines governance as a set of structures and processes used in arriving at and implementing decisions. 

Addressing such topics as the role and responsibilities of governing bodies and boards, the performance and accountability of directors, assurance arrangements, fiduciary responsibilities, executive and non-executive functions and reserved functions of boards, the Certificate explains the principles of governance and the constituent elements of ‘good’ governance. In short, graduates will have authoritative knowledge of the principles and practice associated with decision-making and control in organisations. 

The lecturing team includes experienced governance specialists and practitioners. Study groups and peer interaction are facilitated and encouraged.

Is This Programme for you?

Yes, if you wish to obtain a professional qualification in a field of contemporary and enduring relevance and to advance your own understanding of the principles and practice under which commercial, non-commercial, State and public benefit organisations operate. The well-publicised governance, ethical and audit problems that defined the global financial crisis have clearly shown that there is a palpable need for board members, senior managers, administrators and policy-makers to critically assess the governance arrangements in place for particular sectors or organisations. This part-time programme will enable graduates to assess and enhance the governance mechanisms that operate in organisations and to clearly articulate and put in practice the ideas that lie behind the rhetoric of governance. 

Subjects
  • Principles of Governance
  • Governance in the Public and Private Sectors
  • Governance of Agencies
  • Governance Roles and Responsibilities
  • Best Practice and Professional Models
  • Ethics
  • Performance and Accountability
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Control and Risk Management
  • Assessing Good Governance
Assessment

Students are assessed on the basis of an assignment, a project and an examination. 

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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