Public Management

The MA – Public Management is a two-year, part-time programme that combines instruction in key subjects in public management with an opportunity for students to research and write about a specific topic in the public management field. It aims to raise the level of analysis of Irish public management and to develop more efficient and resourceful public sector managers.

On completing the first year of the programme, students receive the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. Six modules are covered in the first year, three before Chirstmas and three after. Students study course material and attend intensive weekend seminars at the IPA campus in Dublin. The second year of the course is devoted to the preparation of a dissertation on a topic of partiuicular relevance to a student's professional life. Working under the guidance of an IPA supervisor, students apply the ideas and principles they encountered in their first year to an agreed public management issue. In so doing, they obtain significant, transferable competencies and skills in research and critical analysis. 

The research methods module that students take in the first year helps prepare them for the dissertation phase. Their abilities to research and write a postgraduate thesis are further developed through a four-day seminar/workshop at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Belgium. 

Master of Arts – Public 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

NUI

Place on NFQ

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Commences

September 2018

Application Deadline

August 2018

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. 

Progression

Students may enter the first year of the MA (Postgraduate Diploma) in September or January. Those who enter in September can, on successful completion of the academic year, proceed to the second year. Those who enter in January can finish within the calendar year and proceed to the second year the following September. 

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The Programme

The MA – Public Management is a two-year, part-time programme that combines instruction in key subjects in public management with an opportunity for students to research and write about a specific topic in the public management field. It aims to raise the level of analysis of Irish public management and to develop more efficient and resourceful public sector managers.

On completing the first year of the programme, students receive the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. Six modules are covered in the first year, three before Chirstmas and three after. Students study course material and attend intensive weekend seminars at the IPA campus in Dublin. The second year of the course is devoted to the preparation of a dissertation on a topic of partiuicular relevance to a student's professional life. Working under the guidance of an IPA supervisor, students apply the ideas and principles they encountered in their first year to an agreed public management issue. In so doing, they obtain significant, transferable competencies and skills in research and critical analysis. 

The research methods module that students take in the first year helps prepare them for the dissertation phase. Their abilities to research and write a postgraduate thesis are further developed through a four-day seminar/workshop at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Belgium. 

Is This Programme for you?

This programme is suitable for students working in all parts of the public sector, from large central government departments and local authorities to small public agencies. 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

Dissertation

In the second year of the course, students write a dissertation on an issue or topic that is germane to their work or environment. They also attend a week-long seminar at the Louvain Institute for Ireland in Europe in Belgium.

Assessment

Students are assessed by means of assignments, examinations and a dissertation.

Seminar Dates

Autumn 2018

  • Orientation Seminar: September 7-9
  • Review Seminar: October 6-7
  • Final Seminar: November 3-4
  • Examinations: Week of December 10

 

Spring Semester 2019

  • Orientation Seminar: January 4-6
  • Review Seminar: February 2-3
  • Final Seminar: March 2-3
  • Examinations: Week of April 8
Prospectus

Postgraduate Prospectus 2018 / 2019

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

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