Public Management

This programme is designed to provide students with a practical and comprehensive understanding of government in Ireland. In this new era of integrating and transforming public services, students will receive an important ‘system-wide induction’ to the roles and functions of the various sectors of government and the key processes such as legislation, budgeting, modernisation and government decision making. Students will consequently better appreciate the role and interactions of their organisations within this complex system and be better equipped to deal with the myriad of tasks and responsibilities in their public service careers.

Certificate in Civil Service and State Agency 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.

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 3206

Application Deadline

September 2017

Fees

€950 (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in two instalments.

Progression

Students who successfully complete the Certificate can choose to continue their studies with the Diploma in Civil Service and State Agency Studies.

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The Programme

This programme is designed to provide students with a practical and comprehensive understanding of government in Ireland. In this new era of integrating and transforming public services, students will receive an important ‘system-wide induction’ to the roles and functions of the various sectors of government and the key processes such as legislation, budgeting, modernisation and government decision making. Students will consequently better appreciate the role and interactions of their organisations within this complex system and be better equipped to deal with the myriad of tasks and responsibilities in their public service careers.

Is This Programme for you?

This Certificate is relevant to all staff working within the civil service or state agency sectors, but will be particularly useful to staff at junior and middle level grades. The content is appropriate to those in administrative, technical, professional and managerial roles. It will also be relevant to staff in other organisations that have significant interactions with government and the system of public administration.

Subjects

This Certificate covers the following key topics over five modules: 

  • Central Political Agencies 
  • Government Departments and Civil Service 
  • State Agencies and non-Elected Oversight Agencies 
  • Sub-National Government, the Health Sector and Legal Agencies 
  • Issues in Governance and Public Management
Assessment

Assessment is continuous throughout the programme and consists of four assignments and two examinations.

Seminar Dates

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

Tutorial 1 Friday, 3 November 2017
Tutorial 2 Friday, 1 December 2017
Tutorial 3 Friday, 5 January 2018
Tutorial 4 Friday, 2 February 2018
Tutorial 5 Friday, 2 March 2018
Examination  April 2018 (date to be advised)

 

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