Local Government

The MA – Local Government Management is a two-year, part-time programme that explores the key issues in local government. It seeks to raise the level of analysis in Irish local government management and to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective management in the local government field. On completing the first year of the programme, students receive the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. The second year of the course is divided into two semesters. In the first of these, students study three subjects essential to local government. In the second, students write a dissertation on a specific local government management issue.

Master of Arts – Local Government Management

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

This programme is delivered through blended learning and can be taken from anywhere in the country. Students receive comprehensive course manuals and all the essential textbooks. They study this material at a time and place of their own choosing. 

Students also attend the IPA on six weekends over the course of the academic year for lectures and seminars. These weekend events also allow them to meet with their classmates and obtain advice from lecturers and subject coordinators.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.

Duration

Two academic years

Interim Awards

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management.

Accreditation

UCD

Place on NFQ

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Commences

September 2017

Application Deadline

September 2017

Fees

The cost of the programme is €5,000 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees, all seminars, textbooks and course material), payable in two instalments. 

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The Programme

The MA – Local Government Management is a two-year, part-time programme that explores the key issues in local government. It seeks to raise the level of analysis in Irish local government management and to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective management in the local government field. On completing the first year of the programme, students receive the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. The second year of the course is divided into two semesters. In the first of these, students study three subjects essential to local government. In the second, students write a dissertation on a specific local government management issue.

Is This Programme for you?

This programme will be of great interest to local authority officials working across a variety of sectors. It combines core public management subjects and those that are specific to local government in Ireland. The programme is delivered through a blend of distance education and intensive weekend seminars and workshops at the IPA. Students can, therefore, pursue this programme no matter where they live and can remain in full-time employment. 

Subjects

Year One

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management (Interim Award)

The first year of the MA programme is divided into two semesters and each semester is devoted to the study of three key subjects in public management.

Semester One
  • Economics
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Finance
Semester Two
  • Organisation and Strategy
  • Research Methods
  • Managing Service Delivery/Managing in Europe

Year Two 

Semester One
Local Government Policy Formulation, Implementation and Evaluation 

This course explores theories relevant to the role of local government in the policy process.  It focuses on five key themes: policy making and strategic planning, community and networks, service delivery, the regulatory environment, and organisation and change. A case study on housing is used to draw out a range of questions about the operation of local government in Ireland.

Local Government Financial Management and Accountability

This course considers the particular financial management considerations that apply to local government in Ireland. Among the topics addressed are the sources of funds available to local government, budget management, financial governance, accrual accounting in local government, analysing capital projects, and corporate governance.

Leadership and Management

In this module, students will explore how theories and practices current in both and public and private sector can apply to local government management. It examines strategy and strategic thinking, leadership and learning in a strategic context, changing organisational culture, and performance management. 

Semester Two

In the second semester, students complete a minor dissertation on a specific local government management topic. 

Assessment

The programme is assessed by means of assignments, examinations and a minor dissertation.

Seminar Dates

Autumn Semester 2017

  • Orientation Seminar: Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 3
  • Review Seminar: Saturday, September 30 – Sunday, October 1
  • Final Seminar: Saturday, November 4 – Sunday, November 5
  • Examinations: Week of December 11, 2017

 

Spring Semester 2018

  • Orientation Seminar: Friday, January 5 – Sunday, January 7
  • Review Seminar: Saturday, February 3 – Sunday, February 4
  • Final Seminar: Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4
  • Examinations: Week of April 16, 2018
Prospectus

Postgraduate Prospectus 2017 / 2018

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

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