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.

The following information should be uploaded to PAC:

* Online PAC application form

* Personal statement of your academic and professional goals (SEE BELOW)

* Names and contact details of two referees who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you (SEE BELOW)

* Official Transcripts of degrees not earned at Maynooth University**

* A copy of your Birth Certificate or valid Passport (non-Maynooth University students only)

* IELTS or TOEFL certificate where English is a second language (at least 6.5 in IELTS test or a score of 580 in print based TOEFL is required)

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.

Minimum English language requirements:

- IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score

- TOEFL (Paper based test): 560

- TOEFL (Internet based test): 92

- PTE (Pearson): 59

Maynooth University TOEFL code is 8850


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. The course is appropriate for those already working in the sector but looking to 'upskill', those recently returned from overseas work or volunteer experiences or those contemplating a career in the sector.

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.


60 ECTS credits are required to complete the full Postgraduate Diploma in International Development. Postgraduate Diploma 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). Learners who enrol on the Postgraduate Diploma can transfer to the 90 credit MA in International Development at a later date should they wish to do so, and will get credit for any modules already completed.

Full-time learners take most taught modules in a classroom setting (on-campus delivery), while certain modules are available either by distance only, or can be taken either by distance or through on-campus delivery. On-campus delivery of each 5 credit module involves 25 hours of class-contact. Reflecting the diverse needs of our student population, a flexible approach to such delivery is taken with some courses offered through 2.5 hour taught classes over 10 weeks, with others offered through more concentrated one or two week blocks of time depending on timetable requirements and arrangements. Distance learning is structured to allow students to study at their own pace over a semester.

The Postgraduate Diploma in International Development adopts a learner-centred, participative approach to learning. This, combined with the diverse groups of full- and part- time learners, including a significant number of students from the Global South, creates a unique learning environment that builds on both the diverse array of experiences of learners and on the knowledge of experienced academic staff.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date : 30 June 2019

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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