Public Management

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management is both a one-year, stand-alone qualification and the first year of the IPA's MA programme. It analyses public management issues using models and concepts from the social sciences and from quantitative disciplines. Students receive instruction in areas vital to the effective management of public services, including the cost-appraisal of projects, the promotion of organisational change, public sector financial management and the significance of EU institutions and policies for Ireland. The programme is divided into two semesters - September to December and January to April - and is delivered through a blend of distance education and intensive weekend seminars at the IPA. 

Postgraduate Diploma in 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

One academic year

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 the Postgraduate Diploma (which is also the first year of the MA programme) in September or January. 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 Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management is both a one-year, stand-alone qualification and the first year of the IPA's MA programme. It analyses public management issues using models and concepts from the social sciences and from quantitative disciplines. Students receive instruction in areas vital to the effective management of public services, including the cost-appraisal of projects, the promotion of organisational change, public sector financial management and the significance of EU institutions and policies for Ireland. The programme is divided into two semesters - September to December and January to April - and is delivered through a blend of distance education and intensive weekend seminars at the IPA. 

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. New responsibilities or career ambitions may well mean that you require graduate-level education in public management subjects. As the programme is delivered through a blend of distance education and weekend seminars, you can work toward a postgraduate qualification while remaining in fulltime employment.

Subjects

Semester One (September – December)

Economics

This course focuses on public sector economics. The State plays a very important role in all our economic lives and in the economic health of the nation. Among the topics that are addressed are taxation, the economics of regulation, efficiency and effectiveness in the public sector, monopolies, project appraisal, sources of funds and portfolio theory.

Managing Human Resources

On completing this course, which attends to both human resource management and organisational behaviour, students will be able to evaluate the human resource management system in their organisation. It considers, among other topics, strategic HR planning, performance and rewards management, theories of leadership, group dynamics, communication in organisations, politics and conflict, organisational change, and job design.

Finance

Public sector managers, like their private sector counterparts, should have a solid understanding of the main principles and tools of contemporary financial management. This course explores financial reporting, financial statement analysis, budgeting and working capital, cost and management accounting, and investment. It also attends to the ideas and practices of modern financial governance, auditing and risk. 

Semester Two (January – April)

Organisation and Strategy

This course gives students a solid understanding of the evolving role of the State, of different approaches to policy-making and strategy, and of organisational design.  Focusing on the public sector, it will provide them with ideas and arguments that they can use to evaluate their organisation, its working environment, and its success. Among the specific topics addressed are the role and evolution of the State, decision-making in organisations, and public management in the 21st century. 

Research Methods

This course explores both research theory and design and quantitative techniques. With regard to the former, it considers how knowledge is best obtained, different research strategies, sampling, interviews, and focus groups. Its treatment of quantitative techniques examines how to present data, the application of probability distributions, the estimation of population parameters, and the forms that relationships between quantitative variables can take. 

Managing Service Delivery/Managing in Europe

This course falls into two parts. The first explores some of the main issues around the management of service delivery in the public service.  It addresses the changing demands and challenges, the effects of consumerism, and the use of contracting and devolved management. The second part of the course explores the history of European integration, how the EU functions and the debates about its direction and future. 

 

Assessment

Students are assessed by means of assignments in all modules and examinations at the end of each semester. 

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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