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

The programme is delivered through a blended learning model. Students attend in-person seminars at the IPA and online webinars, study bespoke course material, and access a range of online resources.

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

NUI

Place on NFQ

Level 6 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

October 2023

Application Deadline

September 2023

Fees

€1,400 (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in two instalments.

Employers and Fees

Where employers are paying fees, students, when enrolling, must provide a PO number and employer authorisation on the applicaiton form OR submit a letter from their employer confirming that fees will be paid directly. 

Students Paying their own Fees

Fees can be paid by:

  • Electronic transfer (contact the Undergraduate Office).
  • Debit/credit card (contact the Undergraduate Office).
  • Cheque (payable to the Institute of Public Administration).
  • Bank draft.

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

Progression

Students who successfully complete the Certificate can choose to continue their studies with the Diploma in Civil Service and State Agency Studies or Stage 1 of the Diploma in Public Management/BA (Hons) with an exemption from the Politics, Government and Public Administration module.

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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 consists of assignments and a final examination. 

Seminar Dates

How To Apply
  1. Download the application form that is on the IPA home page and complete it (if your fees are being paid by your employer, be sure to include all the relevant details on the application form).
  2. That application form MUST be accompanied by: (a) proof of ID (copy of passport, birth cert, or driving licence), (b) a passport photo, (c) the programme fee (see section on Fees).

Send the completed application form and the above items to undergrad@ipa.ie.

You may also apply by post.

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Programme Delivery and Applications

IPA programmes are part time and generally delivered through a blended learning model.  To apply, see the How to Apply section on the relevant programme and download the application form below.

Undergraduate Application Form 2023

 

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