Politics & International Relations - International Development
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 practictioner or as an academic/policy specialiist. Learning is designed to be participatory and a critical, but constructive, approach to interdisciplinary development issues (ecconomic, politival and other) is encouraged.
acquaint students with cutting edge development issues
allow students to comment critically on development interventions
develop oral presentation skills
enhance group work skills
enhance students' abilities to assess development practice on the ground
equip students with the skills to work in the field of international development
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 (credits in parentheses)
Please note this is subject to change
POL40100 Politics of Development (10)
POL41860 Governance, Pol, Dev (10)
POL40050 Theories of Internat.Relations (10)
POL40140 International Political Theory (10)
POL40950 Introduction to Statistics (10)
POL40970 Politics European Governance (10)
POL41020 Politics of Human Rights (10)
POL41650 Global Political Econ ofEurope (10)
POL41800 Theories of Int'l Rels Stream2 (10)
POL41910 Political Violence (10)
POL41930 Psychology of Conflict in MENA (10)
POL42040 Gender & the Political System (10)
POL42340 Programming for Soc Scientists (10)
GS40100 Gender, Harm and Justice (10)
POL40160 Comparative Public Policy (10)
POL40370 International Political Econom (10)
POL40540 Comparative European Politics (10)
POL40610 EU Foreign and Security Policy (10)
POL41030 Theory of Human Rights (10)
POL41640 Qual Research Methods for Pol (10)
POL41720 Gender, Peace, and Security (10)
POL41780 The Politics of Inequality (10)
POL41870 Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr (10)
POL41980 Peace & Conflict Studies (10)
POL42000 Political Theory and the EU (10)
POL42050 Quantitative Text Analysis (10)
POL42060 International Security (10)
POL42070 Politics of (mis-)information (10)
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
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
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:
Civil society organisations