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 56604 (Assigned by Qualifax. Not an official code)
Course Type Lifelong Learning
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Special Purpose Diploma (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 is through a blended learning model that combines seminars and online resources.

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 €1,300 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in 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

Expand+The Programme
The Diploma in Civil Service and State Agency Studies is designed to complement the Certificate in Civil Service and State Agency Studies, which has been running successfully since 2004. The Diploma provides a more in-depth explanatio...

Subjects Taught This Diploma covers the following topics:
• Key Aspects of the State
• The Changing Public Service
• Government Financing and the Economics of Taxation
• Policy Formulation and Analysis
• Public Sector Economics
• Ireland and the EU
Assessment Method Assessment consists of assignments and examinations.
Careers or Further Progression Progression
Students who successfully complete the Diploma can, after a short course of Bridging Studies, enter Year 2 of the BA (Hons).
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