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Public Administration - Graduate Diploma/MA

Ireland

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What will I learn?

The Graduate Diploma/MA in Public Administration (MPA) is a one year full-time or 2 year part-time interdisciplinary programme aimed at providing students with analytical and professional skills, combined with knowledge of public management and policy making in government. The modules offered in the MPA programme are designed to provide participants with a rigorous and inter-disciplinary curriculum in public administration, economics, and law. The MPA aims to equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of the nature, role and development of the public sector, and an awareness of public service values. Students take compulsory modules in Public Administration, Economics, Organisational Behaviour, Policy Analysis and Law. For the research element of the programme students participate in a research methods module designed for practitioners and complete an individual research project.

Career Prospects

A MPA degree is an internationally recognised masters programme with an interdisciplinary curriculum that prepares students for management roles in the public sector. This programme is relevant postgraduate training for both serving public officials and students who are interested in a public service career. It is also suitable for those aspiring to management roles in public agencies or non-governmental organisations working with government, whether at the local organisational, national or international levels.

The Masters in Public Administration provides students with an excellent overview of politics, public administration, law and economics. The Programme's core modules are informative and the real life examples provided help to make the learning process both practical and theoretical. The Programme prepares students for a wide range of future careers and activities, and is particularly suited to those hoping to pursue a career in public management and policy making.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€15,800.00 (US$ 16,397) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

23 January 2023, 11 September 2023

Venue

University of Limerick

Limerick,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:2 undergraduate degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) (or equivalent). Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following: Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved; Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above; TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based); IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component; English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1; GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above; Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B; GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

For international students

Applicants for a Master’s programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement.

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.
English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Limerick

The University of Limerick is a leading institution known for outstanding research based in the heart of Ireland.

  • Named the Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2019
  • Ranked as one of the top 100 Young Universities in the World
  • 2,500 international students
  • Highest graduate employment rate in Ireland

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