International Development

The MA Degree in International Development is designed to prepare participants for work in international development in a community, local government, youth/ adult education, or NGO setting. It offers learners an opportunity to explore contemporary theories of social change and development and to analyse development policies and practices. It builds skills, especially in relation to research, leadership and working with groups and in the planning, management and evaluation of development projects.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree (2.2 or higher) in a development related discipline (e.g. Agricultural Science, Anthropology, Economics, Education, Engineering, Geography, Health related discipline, Nutrition, Rural Development, Sociology or other Social Science etc) or a recognized international equivalent. Those with a professional background in work related to international development are particularly welcome to apply. In exceptional cases, applicants without a primary degree may be considered on the strength of their professional work experience, other qualifications and completion of a qualifying essay. For international students whose first language is not English, IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score (Note: In exceptional cases candidates may be accepted with a score of 6.0, subject to T&Cs by Kimmage DSC).


1 year full-time, 2-4 years part-time

Careers or further progression

Graduates of this programme are well placed to pursue a career in development and humanitarian related field either overseas or in Ireland, including both 'hands on' management / field positions overseas, support roles in head offices and / or working in the development education sphere domestically.

Further enquiries

Programme Coordinator:
Eilish Dillon
Tel: +353 (0)1 4064386 / 4064380

Kimmage Development Studies Centre,
Kimmage Manor, Whitehall Road, Dublin 12.

Subjects taught

Course Structure
PGDip learners must complete six core taught modules (35 credits in total) – Political Economy of Development, Gender and Development, Managing Development Organisations, Sociology of Development, Adult Learning, and Research Methods, as well as any 5 elective modules (25 credits). There is no requirement to complete a research thesis for this award.

* A flexible approach to delivery is taken. Learners have the option of studying:

* part-time through on-campus delivery at Kimmage DSC

* combine some on-campus delivery with distance / online learning ‐

* undertake the full programme by distance/ online learning with no requirement to attend any modules in Ireland.


International Development
International Development is concerned with the development of people all over the world. The international development programme was established in Maynooth University in 2013 in collaboration with the Kimmage Development Studies Centre, providers of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Development Studies since 1974. We bring together a community of practitioners and learners who want to link development theory with practice, to question and seek alternatives to current development processes, to learn how to turn development aspirations into realities, and who wish to reflect on their own experience

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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