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International Development

The MSc 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.

Includes additional research components including a dissertation and is particularly suitable if you want a career in research or academia.

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Each application is considered on its individual merits. The applicants should have earned an undergraduate 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/international law etc.

Vision & 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.

Programme Outcomes
equip students with the skills to work in the field of international development

allow students to comment critically on development interventions

enhance students' abilities to assess development practice on the ground

develop oral presentation skills

enhance group work skills

develop methodological research expertise

acquaint students with cutting edge development issues

acquaint students with cutting edge development issues

allow students to comment critically on development interventions

develop methodological research expertise

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

Entry requirements

A primary degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) 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. 2H1 is equivalent to 60 per cent, B minus or 3.08 GPA - in American system: B or 3.00 GPA.

Your application will be considered on its individual merits and relevant professional experience will also be taken into account.

English language requirements: applicants whose first language is not English should have met TOEFL, IELTs, or computer-based TOEFL requirements (600, 6.5, or 250 respectively), or the Cambridge English Test (Certificate in Advanced English at a minimum of Grade B, or Certificate of Proficiency in English at Grade C). Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement.

Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Duration

1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

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:

•Public administration
•Journalism
•Media
•Civil society organisations
•Voluntary sector
•Academic institutions

Further enquiries

Contact Name:James Mahon
Contact Number:+353 01 716 8182

Subjects taught

The MSc International Development is a 90-credit programme. Full-time students must take a total of 60 credits between core and optional taught modules. Students must also submit a thesis worth 30 credits that will be written during the summer term.

Stage 1 - Core

Politics of Development POL40100
Introduction to Statistics POL40950
Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science POL41640
Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr POL41860
Thesis POL42310

Stage 1 - Option

Theories of International Relations POL40050
International Political Theory POL40140
Comparative Public Policy POL40160
Africa: Crisis and Opportunity? POL40320
International Political Economy POL40370
Comparative European Politics POL40540
EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.POL40610
Governing the Global Economy POL40820
Politics of European Governance POL40970
Politics of Human Rights POL41020
Theory of Human Rights POL41030
Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa POL41510
The Global Political Economy of Europe POL41650
Gender in Peace and Conflict POL41720
Theories of International Relations – Stream 2 POL41800
Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr POL41870
Political Violence POL41910
Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa POL41920
Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East POL41930
Peace & Conflict Studies POL41980
Political Theory and the EU POL42000
Gender & the Political System POL42040
Quantitative Text Analysis POL42050
International Security POL42060
Politics of (mis-)information POL42070
Global Classroom POL42080
UN Peacekeeping POL42320

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MSc International Development FT (W303)

Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time

Deadline Rolling *

MSc International Development PT (W304)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time

Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

MSc International Development (W303) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MSc International Development (W304) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 5600
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

SPIRe operates a Graduate Scholarship programme. To access details, see SPIRe Graduate Scholarship Scheme.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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