Public Management

This one-year, part-time programme provides a systematic introduction to the subjects at the heart of public management in Ireland. Students take four subjects and address such crucial topics as constitutional law, the principles of economics, the Irish system of government and the most influential theories of management. The Certificate is both a stand-alone qualification and the first year of the four-year BA (Hons) programme. Students who successfully complete this year can enter the second year of the Diploma in Public Management or BA (Hons), where they will have the opportunity to specialise in a field of particular relevance to them. If students do not wish to take all the subjects in one year, they can take the programme on a phased basis. 

Certificate in Public Management

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

  • Evening lectures at the IPA.
  • Distance education (plus complimentary regional tutorials where numbers permit) supported by weekend seminars at the IPA.

All delivery methods involve attendance at some weekend seminars at the IPA.

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 (Minor award) what is this?

Commences

September 2017

Application Deadline

September 2017

Fees

The cost of the programme is €2,820 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments. 

Progression

Students can progress to the second year of the Diploma in Public Management or BA (Hons).

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The Programme

This one-year, part-time programme provides a systematic introduction to the subjects at the heart of public management in Ireland. Students take four subjects and address such crucial topics as constitutional law, the principles of economics, the Irish system of government and the most influential theories of management. The Certificate is both a stand-alone qualification and the first year of the four-year BA (Hons) programme. Students who successfully complete this year can enter the second year of the Diploma in Public Management or BA (Hons), where they will have the opportunity to specialise in a field of particular relevance to them. If students do not wish to take all the subjects in one year, they can take the programme on a phased basis. 

Is This Programme for you?

For over 25 years this programme has proved invaluable to students who require a solid grounding in subjects fundamental to public management. It is an ideal choice for those returning to education and keen to obtain a thirdlevel qualification over one academic year, with an option to continue to degree level. Students on this programme often work at junior to middle grades in: 

  • Government Departments 
  • Local Authorities 
  • State-sponsored Agencies
Subjects
Economics

This introductory-level course explains the main theories and principles of economics. The course covers both micro and macro-economics and addresses such topics as the laws of supply and demand, how market prices are reached, monopolies and competition, national income, the financial system and monetary policy. 

Law

Public servants must understand the fundamentals of the legal system. This course focuses on the fundamentals, explaining the Irish legal system and the main provisions of the Irish Constitution. Students explore, among other topics, the structure of the court system, practice and procedure in the courts and the rights that the Constitution affords citizens.

Politics, Government and Public Administration

This course is divided into two parts. The first is largely concerned with the institutions of government and the Irish political system. The Irish institutions and systems are compared to those in other countries. The second part of the course focuses on Ireland’s system of public and social administration, explaining how the civil service is organised and the management of social welfare services, healthcare, education and housing. 

Principles of Management

This course provides a solid grounding in the key principles of modern management theory. It explains the origins of contemporary management science and details the most important elements of management, including leadership, HRM and change management. 

Assessment

The programme is assessed by means of assignments and final examinations.

Prospectus

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Undergraduate Prospectus 2017 / 2018

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

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