Civil Service & State Agency Studies

Institute of Public Administration - IPA


Course Name Civil Service & State Agency Studies
Course Provider Institute of Public Administration - IPA
Course Code 56566 (Assigned by Qualifax. Not an official code)
Course Type Lifelong Learning
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Special Purpose Certificate (Level 6 NFQ)  More info.. Special Purpose National University of Ireland Level 6 NFQ
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Attendance Options Part time, Online or Distance, Blended
Location (Districts) Ballsbridge
Enrolment and Start Dates Comment Commences: October/ November 2022.
Application Date

Expand+Application Deadline: September 2022.

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Duration One academic year.

Delivery Method:
The programme is delivered through a blended learning model. Students attend classroom-based seminars and are supported in their studies by various online resources and bespoke course material.
Course Fee €1,250 (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments.
Entry Requirements

Expand+Applicants Require:
1. Leaving Certificate (examination from 2017 onwards): Candidates must obtain a pass in at least six subjects accepted for NUI matriculation purposes, with at least Grade H5 in two subjects on the Higher Level and at least Gr...

Comment Accreditation: National University of Ireland.
Place on NFQ: Level 6 (Special Purpose Award).
Course Content

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This programme is designed to provide students with a practical and comprehensive understanding of government in Ireland. In this new era of integrating and transforming public services, students will receive an important ‘system-wi...

Subjects Taught This Certificate covers the following key topics over five modules:
• Central Political Agencies
• Government Departments and Civil Service
• State Agencies & Non-Elected Oversight Agencies
• Sub-National Government, the Health Sector and Legal Agencies
• Issues in Governance and Public Management
Assessment Method Assessment is continuous throughout the programme and consists of assignments and examinations.
Careers or Further Progression Progression
Students who successfully complete the Certificate can choose to continue their studies with the Diploma in Civil Service and State Agency Studies.
Further Enquiries All Correspondence and enquiries should be address to:
Undergraduate Office,
Whitaker School of Government and Management,
Institute of Public Administration,
57-61 Lansdowne Road,
Dublin 4.

Phone: +353 (01) 240 3600