GradDip International Development
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
The Grad Dip in International Development is designed to provide you with an interdisciplinary understanding of the process of development by bringing together expertise in politics, economics, agriculture, political economy and other areas.
• Oldest and largest school of its kind in Ireland with over 150 years of experience in political studies
• World-renowned staff drawn from many countries.
Vision and Values Statement
This programme aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in international development - either as a practitioner or as an academic/policy specialist. Learning is designed to be participatory and a critical, but constructive, approach to interdisciplinary development issues (economic, political and other) is encouraged.
The Graduate Diploma in International Development is a 60-credit programme.
Full time students must take three 10-credit modules in the first trimester and three 10-credit modules in the second trimester.
Depending on their performance, aspirations and selection of modules, students may be able to transfer from the graduate diploma into the MA International Development after the first trimester.
Current Core and Option Modules for Graduate Diploma in International Development
These are the current modules for 2022/23 but are subject to change. Each of the following modules carries 10 credits unless otherwise specified.
• POL41860 Governance, Pol, Dev (Autumn)
• POL40100 Politics of Development (Spring)
• GS40100 Gender, Harm and Justice
• POL40050 Theories of Internat. Relations
• POL40140 Global Issues in Pol Theory
• POL40950 Introduction to Statistics
• POL40970 Politics European Governance
• POL41020 Politics of Human Rights
• POL41510 Middle East & North Africa
• POL41650 Global Political Econ of Europe
• POL41800 Theories of Int'l Rels Stream2
• POL42040 Gender & the Political System
• POL42330 Research Design
• POL42440 Political Economy of Security
• POL40160 Comparative Public Policy
• POL40370 International Political Econom
• POL40540 Comparative European Politics
• POL41030 Theory of Human Rights
• POL41640 Qual Research Methods for Pol
• POL41720 Gender, Peace, and Security
• POL41780 The Politics of Inequality
• POL41870 Pol Economy & Comparative Dev
• POL41930 Psychology of Conflict in MENA
• POL41980 Peace & Conflict Studies
• POL42000 Political Theory and the EU
• POL42050 Quantitative Text Analysis
• POL42060 International Security
• POL42340 Programming for Soc Scientists
• POL42430 Social Theory & IR
Please note, to be enrolled on POL42430 in Spring, students must have taken and passed either of the following two modules: POL41800 or POL40050.
This programme is intended for applicants at least a lower or upper second class honours (2.2) or international equivalent in their primary degree in a relevant subject such as political science, international relations, social science, sociology, history, geography, economics, global studies, public policy, development studies, EU studies, law.
• Professional experience may also be taken into account
• Applicants whose first language is not English should have met the
English language requirements as listed on the following link. Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement.
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip International Development FT (W299)
Grad Dip International Development PT (W300)
* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
Each application is considered on its individual merits. The applicants should have earned an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as political science, international relations, social science, sociology, history, geography, economics, global studies, public policy, development studies, EU studies, law/international law etc.
W299: 1 year full-time
W300: 2 years part-time
Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Post Course Info
Careers & Employability
Graduates of the programme have found employment with the official Irish aid programme, in Irish and international non-governmental organisations such as Trocaire, Goal, Action Aid and Oxfam, and with agencies of the European Union and the United Nations as well as in journalism, education, local community development, and many other areas such as:
• Public administration
• Civil society organisations
• Voluntary sector
• Academic institutions