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International Development Education & Practice - Structured

This Structured PhD in International Development Education and Practice builds on two postgraduate programmes that have been offered by Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in recent years: the Graduate Diploma/Master’s programme in International Development Practice (MIDP) that has been offered at MIC since the academic year 2012-13 and the Masters programme in Development Education which was first offered at MIC in the autumn of 2006.

This structured PhD programme will train generalist practitioners and educators by combining a range of teaching and learning approaches developed by a cohort of experts from academia, policy making and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The format of the programme will allow those in full-time employment to take the course on a part-time basis.

This innovative programme is designed for those who wish to pursue careers within international organisations, government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), philanthropic institutions, and consultancy firms engaged in international development practice. The programme will create a cohort of international educators and practitioners with the capacity to analyse and scrutinise some of the most chronic developmental problems of the twenty-first century and to provide participants with the practical skills to provide resolution along a wide spectrum of critical policy areas.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirements for this programme are the following:

-Applicants should be the holders of a first class honours primary degree or upper second class honours (2.1) primary degree (Level 8, NFQ) in a relevant or cognate discipline that incorporates a substantial education or social science component.

OR

-A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification (Level 9, NFQ), at a minimum 2.1 honours level that has been obtained from a university or other institution recognised by the University of Limerick following a period of study similar to that required in the University of Limerick.

OR

-A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification (Level 9, NFQ), at a minimum 2.2 honours level, in Development Education, Development Practice, or a related area, that has been obtained from a university or other institution recognised by the University of Limerick following a period of study similar to that required in the University of Limerick.

AND

-A minimum of two years’ experience as a development practitioner, or as a teacher of Development Education or related fields, may be considered as a basis for entry on a case-by-case basis. Acceptance under this criteria will be subject to an interview and in accordance with the University of Limerick Policy on Accredited Prior Learning.

On application, candidates are required to submit a satisfactory provisional research proposal which is approved at departmental and faculty level in terms of academic merit and suitability of topic. This proposal will then be reviewed by the MIC Post Graduate Research Sub-Committee (PRSC).
English Language Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.

Further enquiries

For further information about the course, please contact: Dr Gerard Downes. gerard.downes@mic.ul.ie or Phone (061) 204540 / 00353-61-204540 (outside Ireland)

Subjects taught

A range of modules, emphasising the practice and theory of development education and practice, will be offered in year one of the programme.

The Structured PhD in International Development Education and Practice includes a combination of taught modules in year 1 of the programme and individual research culminating in the doctoral thesis.

Participants may decide to specialise in Development Education or Development Practice after successfully completing semester one of the programme.

The following modules, among others, will be offered in Year 1 of the Structured PhD programme:

Development Theory and Practice
Agriculture and Sustainable Development
Development Education for Development Practitioners
Research Field Methods & Logistics
Financial Management for Development Practitioners
The Political Economy of Sustainable Development
Environmental Heath
Project Management for Development Practitioners

Application date

Applications for 2017 are currently being accepted.

If you are thinking about applying to a postgraduate research programme at MIC, please email rgso@mic.ul.ie and a member of the Research and Graduate School will get back to you. If you are interested in a taught Master’s programme, please contact the relevant Course Coordinator.

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