PG Cert/Diploma/Master in Arts: Ma Leadership and Management for the Community and Public Sector

Category: Educational Courses, Leadership and Management, Masters Programmes
Duration: 2 or 3 years Part-time
Level: 9
Credit: Various exit routes please see details below
Start Date: September 2017
Qualification Required: Primary Degree (min H2:2) or equivalent academic evidence / Recognition for Prior Learning
Qualification Attained: Masters Degree with exits available at Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma.


Course Outline

This Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/Master of Arts in Leadership and Management for the Community and Public Sector aims to develop a range of skills for students to distinguish and analyse leadership, management and governance in the community, voluntary, non-profit, statutory and public sectors. Students are encouraged to bring their own experiences in the sector to apply to the theoretical and academic resources of the programme. This flexible, part-time programme offers either completion in two or three years and is accredited by NUI Galway.

The programme enables students to build a knowledge base and personal capacity in leading and managing change, governance and legislative compliance, organisational and operational management and advancing the organisation. By combining weekend seminars, online learning activities and self-directed study, students can develop strong leadership, analytical and research skills. The programme assignments combine reflective learning practices, case study analysis, management skills development (e.g. briefing documents, presentations) that allow students to draw from their own professional or volunteering experience. The final assignment is a Masters dissertation of 20,000 words on a topic negotiated with an assigned supervisor.

For the autumn 2017 intake, the programme continues to offer flexible, module-by-module learning options over the calendar year and it is possible to complete the Postgraduate Certificate by April 2018. Starting the autumn 2018, the Advanced Research Methods module and Masters Dissertation is delivered for all Master students with tutorials to focus specifically on the Leadership and Management in the sector strand.

Course Duration

Master of Arts Degree: two or three years (modular, part-time) (6 modules, 90 ECTS)
Exits available: Postgraduate Certificate (3 modules, 30 ECTS) or Postgraduate Diploma (5 modules, 60 ECTS).

The full programme is comprised of six modules, taken on a flexible, module-by-module basis:

Year 1 modules

  • Governance and Legislative Compliance (10 ECTS)
  • Organisational and Operational Management (10 ECTS)
  • Advancing the Organisation (10 ECTS) 
  • Introduction to Leadership and Management for the Community, Non-Profit and Public Sector (15 ECTS) 

Successful completion of three of these module satisfies the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate.

*These courses are also available on an audit basis for those interested in the content without completing the assessment (or accumulating ECTS). A certificate of attendance will be issued. 

Year 2 modules

  • Advanced Research Methods (15 ECTS) 

Successful completion of this module (following all four modules of Year 1) satisfies the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma.

  • Master of Arts Dissertation (30 ECTS) 

Successful completion of this module (following all five subsequent modules) satisfies the requirements for a Master of Arts.

Programme Schedule

Please note all dates are accurate on the date of posting (February 2017). On the unlikely event of a change, registered students will be alerted with sufficient notice.

2017-2018 (Year 1 module offerings)


Semester 1 (Year 1) Autumn Leadership Institute

September – December 2017

Module Offered: Organisational and Operational Management – 10 ECTS

Course begins Monday 25th September with information posted on Moodle

3-day block in-class sessions 9:00am - 4:30pm each day

Thursday 5th October, Communications Room

Friday 6th October, Communications Room

Saturday 7th October: Lecture Room 4



Semester 2 (Year 1) 

January  – April 2018

Module Offered:

Introduction to Leadership and Management for the Community, Non-Profit and Public Sector

 – 15 ECTS

Module Offered:

Winter Leadership Institute

Advancing the Organisation

 – 10 ECTS

6pm-9pm Friday evening; 9am-5pm Saturdays

Friday 12th  January, Lecture room 4

Saturday 13th January, Lecture room 4

Friday 16th February & Saturday17th February Lecture Room 4

Friday 23rd  March, Lecture room 4

Saturday 14th April, Lecture room 4

Course begins 22nd January with information posted on Moodle

3-day block in-class session:

Thursday 1st February & Friday 2nd February, Eist Linn 1

(9:00am-4:30pm each day)

 Saturday 3rd February - Lecture room 4

 Saturday 24th March (9am-5pm)  BM 101 & BM 102

Successful completion of these three modules satisfies the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate.


Semester 3 (Year 1) Spring Leadership Institute

May – July 2018

Module Offered: Governance and Legislative Compliance  – 10 ECTS

3-day block (Sessions 9:00am – 5:00pm each day)

Thursday 10thMay Lecture room 3

Friday 11th May & Saturday 12th May, Lecture room 4

Successful completion of all four modules during the 2017-2018 year entitles students to progress to Year 2 of the Programme in Autumn 2018.

Upon completion of Advanced Research Methods in autumn 2018 satisfies the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma. Upon completion of the Dissertation  January – July 2019 satisfies the requirements for a Master of Arts.



2017-2018 (Year 2 module offerings)


Semester 1 (Year 2) 

September – December 2017

Module Offered: Advanced Research Methods  – 15 ECTS

Friday 15th September, Eist Linn 2

Saturday 16th  September, Eist Linn 2

Friday 20th October,& Saturday 21st October, Lecture room 1

Friday10th November & Saturday 11th November Lecture room 4

600pm-9:00pm Friday evening; 9:00am-5:00pm Saturdays 

Successful completion of Advanced Research Methods in autumn 2017 (along with four modules in Year 1) satisfies the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma.


Semesters 2 and 3 (Year 2) 

January  – July 2018

Module Offered: Master of Arts Dissertation  – 30 ECTS

No formal weekend sessions scheduled. Students may arrange meetings at the College with supervisor on the same weekends as other modules or at other scheduled dates/times/locations agreed.

A morning session on academic writing and academic research will be offered on Saturday 13th January 2018 (optional to attend)   Room Lecture room 4


Dissertation submission date (for 2018 graduation): 2nd July 2018

Successful examination of the Dissertation in 2018 satisfies the requirements for a Master of Arts.


Who should apply?

This programme will be of interest to those who:
• Work in leadership or management in the community, voluntary, non-profit and public sector
• Wish to progress into leadership/management roles within the sector/their organisation
• Members of voluntary management committees/boards in the community or voluntary sector
• Work in governance or leadership positions in the local authority or statutory sector
• Represent local authority, statutory or community/voluntary sector in a governance role on a public sector or community board of management
• Graduates of undergraduate programmes with a foundation or interest in the sector

What are the entry requirements?

A primary Degree (min 2:2) OR equivalent academic credits
• At least two years of experience working or volunteering in the community, voluntary or public sector is strongly recommended.

What future prospects are there for students graduating from this programme?

The potential for career advancement into managerial or leadership roles in community organisations, non-profit and social enterprise along with public and statutory agencies exist for graduates of the programme. As there is a continued emphasis on corporate governance, fiscal sustainability and leadership accountability, employment opportunities and board positions within this sector will be in demand. Graduates with this knowledge base and skill set will be set to take up these responsibilities and apply this knowledge for the public good. Students can also consider progressing their studies to doctoral level.

Students in the programme are eligible for student membership of the Institute for Managers in Community and Voluntary Organisation in Ireland (IMCV).

Graduates of the Programme are eligible for Senior Membership of the Institute for Managers in Community and Voluntary Organisation in Ireland (IMCV), and with membership may use the post-nominal letters SiMCV.


Closing Date for Applications: Open all year round for applications for September start.  Final extended deadline for applications is Friday 8th September 2017.

Module dates: Weekends: approximately one weekend (Friday evening/Saturday) per month

Programme Accreditation: National University of Ireland, Galway - NUI Galway (Level 9)

Programme Applications

To maximise the benefit of the programme to participants, the intake to any module is restricted to 20 students. 

Applications are accepted all year round and are evaluated for entry in sequence of application submission (full application information received including transcripts).  Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early. Closing date for applications (autumn application entry now) is 11th August 2017.

How much does it cost?

EU €5,990 (2017 rate, total cost of programme )
€750.00 per module (first four modules) Advanced Research Module - €990; Dissertation Module: €2,000   = Total: €5990

Payments are processed through the Finance Department. You will be invoiced on a yearly basis and payments can be made by direct transfer to the College Bank Account, by cheque/postal order or by credit card over the phone with finance at 071-9195524.All information on tuition fees and payment methods will be available on your invoice.

How do I apply?

Please complete the on-line application form below (under tutor profiles)
Alternatively, print and complete the application form

Tutor Profiles

  1. Dr Maria Gallo, Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning
    Dr Maria Gallo has almost 20 years of experience working in governance, leadership and management roles the wider public sector in Ireland and Canada, including in higher education institutions and the community/voluntary sector. View full profile here...
  2. Claire Galligan, Lecturer, Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/Master of Arts in Leadership and Management for the Community and Public Sector
    Claire Galligan has 15 years experience in working for the community and public sectors. As a development consultant and social researcher she has supported a wide range of community organisations and public bodies in the North West Region. View full profile here...
  1. Online Form: educational-application

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