PG Cert/Diploma/Master in Arts: 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 2019
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 2019 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 2020. Starting autumn 2020, the Advanced Research Methods module and Masters Dissertation is delivered for all Masters candidates with tutorials to focus specifically on the Leadership and Management in the Community and Public 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 at the time of posting. In the unlikely event of a change, registered students will be alerted with sufficient notice.

2019-2020 (Year 1 module offerings)

Semester 1 (Year 1) Autumn Leadership Institute

September – December 2019

Module Offered: Organisational and Operational Management – 10 ECTS

Course begins early September with information posted on Moodle

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

Thursday 3 October, ST2

Friday 4 October, ST2

Saturday 5 October, Éist Linn 2



Semester 2 (Year 1) 

January  – April 2020

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 10 & Saturday 11 January [Lecture Room 1 Friday and Éist Linn 1 Saturday]

Friday 21 & Saturday 22 February [Lecture Room 4 both days]

Friday 20 March [Lecture Room 3 both days]

Saturday 4 April (9am-3.30pm)

Course begins early January (exact date TBC) with information posted on Moodle

3-day block in-class session:

Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 January (9am-5pm each day) [Lecture Room 4 each day]

Saturday 21 March (9am-3.30pm)  [BM101]

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


Semester 3 (Year 1) Spring Leadership Institute

May – July 2020

Module Offered: Governance and Legislative Compliance  – 10 ECTS

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

Thursday 7, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 May [Éist Linn 2 each day]

Successful completion of all four modules during the 2019-2020 academic year entitles students to progress to Year 2 of the Programme in Autumn 2020.

Completion of Advanced Research Methods in autumn 2020 satisfies the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma. Completion of the Dissertation  January – July 2021 satisfies the requirements for a Master of Arts.


2019-2020 (Year 2 module offerings)

Semester 1 (Year 2) 

September – December 2019

Module Offered: Advanced Research Methods  – 15 ECTS

Friday 27 & Saturday 28 September [Lecture Room 4 Friday and Éist Linn 2 Saturday]

Friday 18 & Saturday 19 October [Lecture Room 4 both days]

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 November [Lecture Room 4 both days]

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

Successful completion of Advanced Research Methods in autumn 2019 (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.

Dissertation submission date (for 2020 graduation): July 2020 exact date to be confirmed

Successful examination of the Dissertation 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.


Closing Date for Applications: Open all year round for applications. Deadline for September start 1 September 2019. 

Module dates: 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 1 September 2019.

How much does it cost?

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?

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







T: 071 9135628


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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