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Certificate in Irish Government and Politics

Key Facts

  • Distance Learning supported by one-day seminars in Dublin or, subject to numbers, at regional centres.
  • One academic year (September to April)
  • Accredited by UCD
  • Commences September/October
  • The cost of the programme is €950 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in two instalments, see page 85 of the Prospectus for more details.
  • Students can enter the BA (Hons) programme with an exemption from the Politics, Government and Public Administration module
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The Programme

The Certificate in Irish Government and Politics is a one-year, part-time programme that introduces students to the political institutions and systems that determine how Ireland is governed. It has two main components. The first explains the powers of the Dáil and the Seanad, the voting system in operation, and the organisation of government. The second part of the course focuses on social administration in Ireland, outlining, among other things, how welfare, education, and housing services are delivered.


This introductory-level programme will appeal to all those who are interested in the institutions, structures and systems through which Ireland is governed. It will attract students from the public, private, and voluntary sectors and those who need to reacquaint themselves with the Irish political system.

Delivery and Duration

This programme takes one academic year. It begins in late September and ends with examinations in mid April. It is delivered through a blend of one-day seminars at the IPA in Dublin and self-directed study.


The IPA is a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD).  The Certificate in Irish Government and Politics is awarded by UCD.


This programme is assessed by means of written assignments and final exams.

Fees, Enrolment Procedures, and Admissions

The IPA’s undergraduate brochure provides all this information and can be downloaded from this page.

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