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 must hold the Certificate in Local Government Studies (UCD/NUI) or Certificate/Higher Certificate in Local Government Studies (IPA).

Duration

One academic year

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

Level 6 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

October 2018

Application Deadline

July 2018

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 
  • Local Government Finance
  • Local Government Reform
Module Two 
  • Community Development/Governance
  • HRM
Module Three
  • The Roads Function 
  • The Road Function
  • Water Services
Module Four
  • Environment
  • 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
  • Tullamore: Tullamore Court Hotel, O’Moore Street, Tullamore, Co Offaly
  • 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 Tullamore Dublin (IPA) Cork Ennis
Tutorial 1 Tuesday
25 September 2018
Wednesday
26 September 2018
Thursday
27 September 2018
Friday
28 September 2018
Tutorial 2 Tuesday
30 October 2018
Wednesday
31 October 2018
Thursday
1 November 2018
Friday
2 November 2018
Compulstory Tutorial Friday
11 January 2019
Tullamore Court Hotel
Friday
11 January 2019
Tullamore Court Hotel
Friday
11 January 2019
Tullamore Court Hotel
Friday
11 January 2019
Tullamore Court Hotel
Tutorial 3 Wednesday
16 January 2019
Tuesday
15 January 2019
Thursday
17 January 2019
Friday
18 January 2019
Tutorial4 Tuesday
12 February 2019
Wednesday
13 February 2019
Friday
15 February 2019
Thursday
14 February 2019
Examination April 2019
(date to be advised)
April 2019
(date to be advised)
April 2019
(date to be advised)
April 2019
(date to be advised)

 

Prospectus

Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 / 2019

Full details of IPA undergraduate programmes are also available in our prospectus, which can be viewed or downloaded here.

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