The Masters in Development Practice (MDP) is a two-year fulltime programme that offers professional trans-disciplinary graduate degree training that addresses the challenges of sustainable development through a blend of rigorous academic courses and practical engagements. The MDP is led by Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin (TCD) School of Natural Science and University College Dublin (UCD) School of Politics and International Relations, and delivered by staff from all faculties across the universities, in collaboration with leading scientific researchers, and national and international organisations with specialist skills.
The TCD UCD MDP programme is a joint degree course and award. TCD (established in 1592) is Irelands leading university, recognised internationally for the quality of its education and research. UCD (established in 1854) is Irelands largest University and one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities. Students have joint registration during their course.
The goal of the MDP is to produce rounded development practitioners with a deep understanding of scientific methods and techniques to reduce global poverty, in addition to extensive on-the-ground training in developing country contexts, and in international organizations. The course modules are categorized according to each of the Global MDP Programs four pillarshealth, natural, social, and management sciences. Some are categorized as cross-disciplinary, although the program as a whole emphasizes the interconnectedness between development issues in these four fields. The MDP is rooted in evidence that effective public policy must be based science-based. Course offerings include a blend of traditional class-room based modules and three internships including two international field training placements.
MDP Candidates develop specialist skills in:
Economics: Micro and Macro Development Economics
Statistics; Impact Measurement in Development
Research design, methodology, and methods including (including training in leading edge quantitative, qualitative, and digital tools and techniques)
Project and programme management
Sector analysis: Tropical Agriculture and sustainable development; global health; Gender and development; Climate Change, Human Rights, and Sustainable Development; Science, Technology and Sustainable Development; Economics of Sustainable Development; Post-Conflict Situations; Governance, Politics, and Development; and Globalisation and African Development.
Students also produce a dissertation on a specialist research area of their choice.
There are four key pillars in the MDP curriculum: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Management and Health Sciences. The course will be taught by staff from TCD and UCD with input from the National University of Rwanda, The Mary Robinson Climate Justice Foundation, and other leading expert development practitioners.
Students will be jointly registered at TCD and UCD. The National University of Rwanda is a key partner and students will spend a portion of time completing cross-disciplinary fieldwork in Rwanda as well as undertaking internships in leading international organisations. Further information and modules are listed here along with their coordinators.