International Development Practice

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This dynamic MA in International Development Practice focuses on the social, economic, political and environmental challenges of our rapidly changing world. The Sustainable Development Goals sets out the current Agenda for Change and requires people with new skill sets, including an ability to tackle complex development problems in a multi-disciplinary manner. MIDP Students are offered a range of modules that challenge them to examine concepts of 'development' using core conceptual and practical debates of contemporary international development. The programme is led by staff who work in multilateral agencies, and have a background in human rights, policy, planning, gender, and migration, with practical field-based research experience across many countries worldwide. The MIDP will provide the platform to build on your enthusiasm to instigate and lead change, while positioning your career in this domain.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
An upper second class degree in areas such as social or economic sciences, environmental sciences, management, business, health, human rights, engineering or science. Those with a lower degree grade or relevant experience in international development will be considered. Please also see the University's Recognition for Prior Learning Policy:

Application dates

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis.


1 year full-time.

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Career Opportunities
The MA in International Development Practice enables students to develop their skills so they are competitive for distinct career paths in international development institutions. This includes potential careers within UN agencies (such as the ILO, FAO, UNICEF, IOM, etc.), international NGOs (e.g., Concern, Oxfam, etc.) or bilateral aid organisations. Some students may want to pursue careers in research institutes, for example as PhD students or Research Assistants. Other students may seek careers in companies or foundations which have an international development component. The combination of theoretical knowledge with a practical focus on skills (such as project planning, monitoring and evaluation, economics, data analytics, statistics etc.) will position you for a vibrant career in international development and allow you to engage robustly in discussions related to global development.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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