Public Management

The MA – Financial Management is a two-year, part-time programme that explores key subjects in financial management. For this academic year, the prorgamme is delivered online. It seeks to raise the level of financial analysis in the public service and equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective financial management. 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 key topics in financial management. In the second, students write a dissertation on a specific financial management issue. Year two will normally only commence in autumn of each year. Students that do not wish to take all three subjects in any particular semester may choose to study one or two on a phased basis. 

Master of Arts – Financial Management

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

This year’s programme is delivered online, so students do not need to travel to the IPA campus in order to study toward a postgraduate qualification. They will be connected with the course components, IPA staff, and fellow learners no matter where they live.

Via the IPA’s online learning portal, students will access comprehensive course material (including bespoke manuals), video lectures that can be viewed on any device, and regular live webinars where lecturers will engage with student questions and enable discussion. Students will also receive hardcopy textbooks for all modules and access to the resources of the IPA Library. They will be able to virtually meet their fellow classmates on forums and exchange experiences and views.

Accessing and using the online content will be a straightforward affair; students will not require anything beyond standard ICT skills. The IPA will provide comprehensive guidance and support.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.

 

Duration

Two academic years.

Interim Awards

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management.

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

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Commences

September 2020

Application Deadline

September 2020

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.

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

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The Programme

The MA – Financial Management is a two-year, part-time programme that explores key subjects in financial management. For this academic year, the prorgamme is delivered online. It seeks to raise the level of financial analysis in the public service and equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective financial management. 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 key topics in financial management. In the second, students write a dissertation on a specific financial management issue. Year two will normally only commence in autumn of each year. Students that do not wish to take all three subjects in any particular semester may choose to study one or two on a phased basis. 

Is This Programme for you?

With relevance to those who work in both the public and the private sector, this programme will obviously be of particular interest to anyone who wants to gain some expertise in financial management. The programme is delivered online, so students can pursue the qualification no matter where they live.

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 
Financial Strategy

On completing this course, students will understand the theory and practice of financial strategy and by able to apply the theories of corporate finance to the Irish and international financial environment. The course focuses on capital investment decisions and risk, capital structure, financial planning, the management of working capital, derivatives and corporate governance. 

Public Sector Finance

The size and role of government activity in an economy effect citizen in the State.  This course explores the level, trend and economic consequences of such activity. Among the specifics topics addressed are public/private partnerships, costing and pricing, expenditure reviews, the economics of tax and debt, and international developments in public sector finance.

Governance and Audit

This course is concerned with governance and audit and the related issue of risk management. With reference to modern governance scandals, it explores reform in the Irish public service around governance and accountability, regulatory frameworks, financial reporting requirements in the public and private sectors, accountability, internal audit, internal control systems and risk management. 

Semester Two

In the second semester of year two, students write a dissertation on a specific financial management issue. Students must successfully complete the taught modules before moving to the dissertation phase.

Assessment

Students submit assignments, sit final examinations and complete a minor dissertation.

Prospectus

Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 / 2021

Full details on all IPA postgraduate programmes are available in the prospectus, which you can view or download by cliking on the image to the left.

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