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Public Administration and Leadership

Available from our partner institution, the University of Limerick. More information here.

Public Administration and Leadership can be taken as part of the MIC Arts Degree as a joint honours combination.

About you
You are interested in how the world works, particularly that part of the world that is in the public space that involves decision making, political and otherwise, about how resources are allocated, about who gets what and why. You are interested in current affairs and have a curiosity to explore how Ireland and indeed other countries are managed. Within this you are both interested to learn more about the politics of decision-making and public leadership but also about the ‘machinery’ that keeps this and other countries running, often referred to as public administration. Crucially, you are interested in knowing more about how politics and the machinery of government interact but also about how they relate to and engage with citizens and their organisations. You may be interested in a career in politics or in the public sector or in the non-profit sector, in Ireland or internationally. Indeed, you may even be a future public leader!

Why Study Public Administration and Leadership?
Studying Public Administration and Leadership will open up the world of politics, public administration and civil society in Ireland and internationally. You will learn to recognise that politics is not just the responsibility of those we elect but that it is of concern to individual citizens and to the organisations that they are part of. You will learn not only to understand the world of public leadership but how to critically analyse it. Learning about public leadership is not about amassing lots of information; it’s about enabling and empowering you to know what to do with that information. UL has a long tradition of teaching and research in the area of politics, public administration and civil society and actively engages with a variety of public and community based organisations.

What you will study
In the Public Administration and Leadership programme you will study a range of subjects. As well as core, broaderintroductions to politics and public administration, in your first year you will be able to choose electives from other related disciplines, all of which are designed to generate an understanding of the complexity of public leadership. As you progress through second, third and fourth years you will encounter a range of more specific subjects, both core and electives, in the areas of public policy, international development, political economy, political theory, civic engagement, social justice, European politics, local government and many others.

Career Opportunities
A wide range of career opportunities are open to you from this programme, in the public, private and non-profit sectors:

  • Public sector positions at national and local level and in a range of state agencies and in international public sector bodies;
  • Private Sector opportunities e.g. within the banking and financial services sector as well as in industry;
  • Non-Profit Sector employment within charitable, voluntary and community organisations, including local level community development as well international development NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations).

Follow-on study opportunities include:
• MA Politics
• MA EU Politics and Governance
• MA International Studies
• MA Peace and Development Studies
• MA Sociology
• MA Business Management
• MSc International Management & Global Business
• MSc Marketing, Consumption and Society
• Law LLB (Graduate entry)

Additional Information
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
E: Arts@ul.ie
T: +353 61 202286

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