• » Master of Science in Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service

    Programme Title  Master of Science in Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service
    CAO Code  Add-on programme. Not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  LY_BIMPS
    Duration  2 Years Part-time
    Standard Code Places:  15
    National Framework Level  9
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT & Ulster University
    Is this Programme for Me?
    The demand for strong leadership in transformational change is being stimulated by the impact of challenging public service reform agendas and digital transformation on almost every activity. The highly successful Master of Science in Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service develops the leadership talent of public sector managers in order to deliver significant organisational improvement.  It draws on the real life experience of its participants and is the only North-South programme of its kind.
    This programme was originally developed by Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Ulster University in collaboration with the Office of An Taoiseach and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister who were integral to deciding on the content, structure and philosophy of the programme.
    The programme, and the related knowledge network, represents a unique cross-border approach to moving the modernisation and reform agenda forward and will provide a mechanism for co-creating synergies within and across a wide spectrum of public organisations including – finance, revenue, health, social security, agriculture, education, and expanding to include the wider public sector such as local authorities, non-departmental public bodies and the voluntary sector.
    MSc in Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service Course Brochure
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    A second-class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; and be in relevant employment within the Public Services.
    What will I study?
    The programme is 2 years long and is designed to facilitate executives in the workplace. It comprises 6 taught modules (each module is block delivered over 2 days) and a dissertation.
    YearProposed ModulesNo of Credits
     1  Context of Leadership, Innovation and Transformation 10
     Transformational Leadership 10
     Citizen Centric Policy Design 10
     Change and Cultural Management 10
     2  Digital Transformation and Shared Services 10
     Performance Management 10
     Research Project 30
    Learning Outcomes
    • Acquire advanced knowledge and thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles, theories, practices and legislative frameworks underlying the reform and modernisation of government services as an academic discipline and as a tool for improved public service delivery.
    • Understand the external environment and the internal organisational, political, technological, cultural, business, administrative, legal, moral and ethical challenges involved in the implementation of reform initiatives.
    • Undertake the advanced study of public sector organisations, their leadership and management and the changing external context in which they operate.
    • Design and formulate solutions to a range of problems (wicked issues, societal injustices, transitional, departmental, integrative or generic) through systems implementation.
    • Learn in both familiar and unfamiliar complex situations making effective use of information-retrieval skills and of learning resources.
    • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously, or as part of a team, in planning and implementing tasks to a professional level.
    • Development of a career in senior public sector leadership and management by developing skills at a professional and strategic level. Further, to enhance life wide learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to public services and society at large.
    • To help develop the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of public sector management to complex and societal challenges, both systematically and creatively, to improve services and leadership in practice.
    Follow-on courses?
    Progression is possible to Research Masters and Doctoral Programmes in Institutes and Universities in Ireland and abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Your in-depth knowledge and practical experience gained in this programme will leave you well placed in your organisation to take up positions with increased responsibility.
    Postgraduate Programmes Application Form
    • Contact Patricia Doherty Head of Department of Business Studies, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: Patricia.Doherty@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: 00353 (074) 9186202