Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
1 Year
Graduate Certificate
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible, Online
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr Bernadette Connaughton
Email: Telephone: 353-61-202792 Web:

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Brief Description

The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and Law is a specialised programme in the study of public administration theory and practice; collaboration and leadership in public administration; equality and diversity in the workplace; the role of evidence in addressing complex social problems and issues.

The Graduate Certificate is principally aimed at both serving the training and development needs of public service practitioners, and those from a variety of backgrounds who are interested in entering public service employment. The Graduate Certificate is a stand-alone programme but it could serve as a basis for learners interested in progressing to the MA Public Administration (MPA) programme or School of Law programmes.



PA6021 Public Administration Theory and Practice (online)

PA5021 Collaborative Governance and Leadership (online)

LA5071 Equality and Diversity in the Workplace (online)

LA5062 Using Evidence to Improve Societal Outcomes in the Real World (online)

Applicants should normally have a primary degree (Level 8 - NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) with a minimum 2.2

Applicants who do not meet the requirements above may be considered under the University of Limerick Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

What to include with your application

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
  • A copy of your most recent CV
  • A copy of your passport or birth certificate (long version)
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  •  If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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EU - €2,136 per annum

Non- EU - €3,956 per annum

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.
Sinead Ni Thuathaigh

I like the interdisciplinary nature of the programme, the broad range of subjects makes the content transferrable to a variety of different settings.  The course allows for flexibility in applying your learning  to both the  public and  private sector . I will be honest the program is challenging but rewarding. There are a lot of transferable skills developed during the course of the Masters programmes such as  critical thinking,  creative thinking,  and analytical skills. Pursuing subjects like economics, public administration and law, you really starting to increase your knowledge in these areas and change your perspective on your work and professional outlook”

Sinead Ni Thuathaigh, MA Public Administration Graduate