|Category:||Educational Courses, Leadership and Management, Masters Programmes|
|Duration:||2 or 3 years Part-time|
|Credit:||Various exit routes please see details below|
|Start Date:||September 2018|
|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.|
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 2018 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 2019. Starting autumn 2019, the Advanced Research Methods module and Masters Dissertation is delivered for all Masters candiadtes with tutorials to focus specifically on the Leadership and Management in the Community and Public Sector strand.
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
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
Successful completion of this module (following all four modules of Year 1) satisfies the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma.
Successful completion of this module (following all five subsequent modules) satisfies the requirements for a Master of Arts.
Please note all dates are accurate on the date of posting. In the unlikely event of a change, registered students will be alerted with sufficient notice.
2018-2019 (Year 1 module offerings)
Semester 1 (Year 1) Autumn Leadership Institute
September – December 2018
Module Offered: Organisational and Operational Management – 10 ECTS
Course begins early September (exact date TBC) with information posted on Moodle
3-day block in-class sessions 9:00am - 4:30pm each day
Thursday 20 September, ST2
Friday 21 September, ST2
Saturday 22 September, Éist Linn 2
Semester 2 (Year 1)
January – April 2019
Introduction to Leadership and Management for the Community, Non-Profit and Public Sector
– 15 ECTS
Winter Leadership Institute
Advancing the Organisation
– 10 ECTS
6pm-9pm Friday evening; 9am-5pm Saturdays
Friday 11 & Saturday 12 January [Lecture Room 1 Friday and Éist Linn 1 Saturday]
Friday 22 & Saturday 23 February [Lecture Room 4 both days]
Friday 22 & Saturday 23 March [Lecture Room 3 both days]
Course begins early January (exact date TBC) with information posted on Moodle
3-day block in-class session:
Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January (9am-5pm each day) [Lecture Room 4 each day]
Saturday 6 April (9am-5pm) [BM101]
Successful completion of these three modules satisfies the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate.
Semester 3 (Year 1) Spring Leadership Institute
May – July 2019
Module Offered: Governance and Legislative Compliance – 10 ECTS
3-day block (Sessions 9:00am – 5:00pm each day)
Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 May [Éist Linn 2 each day]
Successful completion of all four modules during the 2018-2019 academic year entitles students to progress to Year 2 of the Programme in Autumn 2019.
Completion of Advanced Research Methods in autumn 2019 satisfies the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma. Completion of the Dissertation January – July 2020 satisfies the requirements for a Master of Arts.
2018-2019 (Year 2 module offerings)
Semester 1 (Year 2)
September – December 2019
Module Offered: Advanced Research Methods – 15 ECTS
Friday 5 & Saturday 6 October [Lecture Room 4 Friday and Éist Linn 2 Saturday]
Friday 2 & Saturday 3 November [Lecture Room 4 both days]
Friday 16 & October 17 November [Lecture Room 4 both days]
600pm-9:00pm Friday evening; 9:00am-5:00pm Saturdays
Successful completion of Advanced Research Methods in autumn 2018 (along with four modules in Year 1) satisfies the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma.
Semesters 2 and 3 (Year 2)
January – July 2019
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 in early January 2019 (exact date TBC) (attendance optional) Lecture Room 4
Dissertation submission date (for 2019 graduation): 1st July 2019
Successful examination of the Dissertation in 2019 satisfies the requirements for a Master of Arts.
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
• 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.
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.
Closing Date for Applications: Open all year round for applications for September start. Deadline 1 September 2018.
Module dates: Weekends: approximately one weekend (Friday evening/Saturday) per month
Programme Accreditation: National University of Ireland, Galway - NUI Galway (Level 9)
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 10th August 2018.
EU €6,000 (€3,000 per year)
Payments made in two instalments per year - €1,500 by 31 October and €1,500 by 31 January each year = Total: €6,000
Payments are processed through the Finance Department. You will be invoiced 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?
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