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 2016 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 2017. Starting autumn 2017, 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)- MALM Module 1
  • Organisational and Operational Management (10 ECTS) – MALM Module 2
  • Advancing the Organisation (10 ECTS) – MALM Module 3
  • Introduction to Leadership and Management for the Community, Non-Profit and Public Sector (15 ECTS) – MALM Module 4

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) – MALM Module 5

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) – MALM Module 6 Successful completion of this module (following all five subsequent modules) 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 are future prospects 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.

Programme Applications:

  • To maximise the benefit of the programme to participants, the intake is restricted to 20 students. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early.
  • Closing Date for Applications: Open all year round for applications onto individual modules
  • 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. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early.
  • Once you are registered for the programme there is no need to reapply, simply indicate your interest to the CLL Office of your intention to enrol in modules offered. Closing Date for New Applications (autumn intake): Friday 12th August 2016
  • Closing Date for New Applications (winter intake): Friday 25th November 2016
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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
2 years
5,990 EUR
EU (2015 rate, total cost of programme plus a €40 registration fee). Non EU €10, 250 (fees do not include accommodation, medical insurance, transfers, course books). Scholarships for non EU students up to €2000.00 available dependent on academic qual
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