Course Description

Doctorate in Governance (DGov)



The DGov is a 4 – 5 year professional doctoral programme. It provides public policy-makers and public sector managers with the advanced knowledge and high-level critical skills that their professional lives demand. Students explore how public policy-making has evolved, and is continuing to evolve, as a result of changes in the structure and practices of the modern state. The programme will enable policy-makers to gain a comprehensive understanding of issues and patterns of governance in Ireland and abroad. It involves the study of various modules and the preparation of a research project.

The DGov programme:

  • Provides a unique curriculum of doctoral level education
  • Is delivered under the direction of a team of acknowledged academics and practitioners
  • Focuses on applying academic understandings and skills to professional practice
  • Facilitates research into, and debate on, key issues affecting policy-making and governance
  • Creates opportunities to develop inter-jurisdiction networks
  • Involves residential study sessions to facilitate learning and esprit de corps among participants and teaching staff
  • Includes a doctoral research project on a subject of the participant’s choice
  • Provides extensive participant support, including an induction workshop, a personal tutor and progress tutorials at each study session.
CollegeInstitute of Public Administration
Course LocationBallsbridge, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 4
Course CategoryBusiness Management, Business
Course TypeClassroom Based
Awarding BodyNational University of Ireland
Course Duration4-5 years
Course Fee8,000 per annum
Entry RequirementsTo apply please contact the Graduate Studies office at the IPA and request an application form. This should be completed and returned, together with: A copy of the applicant’s CV Copies of degree certificates A covering letter detailing the applicant’s reasons for applying Two references  A letter confirming that the course fees will be paid by the student or a third party, e.g. the applicant’s employer
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Institute of Public Administration



57-61 Lansdowne Road,, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland. Eircode: D04 TC62

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