Local Government

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. 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.

Diploma in Local Government Studies

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

Distance learning supported by attendance at weekday tutorials at the IPA in Dublin and regionally where demand warrants this. Regional locations are not available until after the closing date for applications.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. The papers passed must include Irish, English and a third language.

OR

Mature students (students over 21 on January 1 of the calendar year of entry) may enter a programme without the above qualifications. 

Duration

One academic year

Accreditation

UCD

Place on NFQ

Level 6 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

September 2017

Application Deadline

July 2017

Fees

€840 (including all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments. 

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 (Hons) degree, on completion of a bridging course. 

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The Programme

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. 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.

Is This Programme for you?

This Diploma is ideally suited to: 

  • Staff of all disciplines who have successfully completed the Certificate in Local Government Studies (accredited by UCD/NUI). 
  • Graduates of the IPA Certificate in Local Government Studies.
  • Graduates of the IPA Higher Certificate in Local Government Studies.
Subjects
Module One 
  • The Housing Function 
  • Local Government Reform
Module Two 
  • Water Services 
  • Environmental Services
Module Three
  • The Roads Function 
  • Local Government Finance
Module Four
  • Human Resources
  • Planning and Development

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 topical areas of direct interest to their jobs. Topics covered include comparative local government, EU and local government, local government and economic and social and cultural development

Assessment

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

Seminar Dates

Venues (subject to sufficient numbers)

  • Dublin:  IPA, 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
  • Ennis:  Offices of Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis
  • Cork:  Rochestown Park Hotel, Rochestown Road, Douglas, Co Cork

Please note that tutorial/examination dates may be subject to change.

Module Dublin (IPA) Cork Ennis
Registration Wednesday, 27 September 2017 (2pm) Thursday, 28 September 2017 (2pm) Friday, 29 September 2017 (2pm)
Tutorial 1 Wednesday, 11 October 2017 Friday, 13 October 2017 Thursday, 12 October 2017
Tutorial 2 Wednesday, 6 December 2017 Thursday, 7 December 2017 Friday, 8 December 2017
Compulsory Tutorial Friday, 12 January 2018 (Tullamore Court Hotel) Friday, 12 January 2018 (Tullamore Court Hotel Friday, 12 January 2018 (Tullamore Court Hotel)
Tutorial 3 Wednesday, 31 January 2018 Thursday, 1 February  2018 Friday, 2 February 2018
Tutorial 4 Wednesday, 28 February 2018 Thursday, 1 March 2018 Friday, 2 March 2018
Examination   April 2018 (date to be advised) April 2018 (date to be advised) April 2018 (date to be advised)

 

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