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Development & the Global South

MSc Development and the Global South
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
This MSc programme offers students a critical understanding of key issues and theoretical debates on development and the Global South.
-designed to provide students with an advanced knowledge of key development challenges, potentials and contestations in the Global South at a range of scales and informed by local experiences of development, change and sustainability, including debates on decoloniality and social movements.

- strong emphasis is placed on developing students' applied skills in geospatial technology and an understanding of their societal application to development-related issues, research and to informing practice, planning and policy making in the Global South.

Who should apply?
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

Applications are welcome from students with an undergraduate degree in Geography or a cognate discipline (including, but not limited to, Planning, Economics, Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, Engineering, Biology, etc.).

It is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners and professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of key issues and theoretical debates on development and the Global South, and will support candidates to become experts in conducting empirical research on development and in the use of new geospatial applications in the field of development studies and practice.

Course Description
The Global South accounts for over 80 per cent of world's population, and represents enormous diversity and rapid transformation, commanding an ever-increasing role in global affairs. Many countries of the Global South have achieved impressive economic growth, including some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Yet, the Global South also houses the bulk of the global poor, with growth often accompanied by mounting spatial and socio-economic inequalities.

The MSc Development and the Global South is designed to provide students with an advanced knowledge of key development challenges, potentials and contestations in the Global South at a range of scales and informed by local experiences of development, change and sustainability.

A strong emphasis is placed on developing students' applied skills in geospatial technology and an understanding of their societal application to development-related issues, research and to informing practice, planning and policy making in the Global South.

Vision and Values Statement
This program is aimed at students who wish to develop a career in the field of international development within governmental or non-governmental organisations, or to do further research in the field of studies on global development. We value and encourage our students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who have a critical and reflective approach towards the problems of the Global South, global poverty and the wide range of proposed solutions. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to challenge commonplace understandings and reflect on different approaches to developing their autonomous understanding of key concepts and debates in the field of studies on development and the Global South. Working groups, fieldwork based research in Vietnam or Brazil, collective discussion and autonomous conceptions of outputs like research essays, presentations and student-led conferences are key elements of the programme's design. This entails a focus on personal development and critical learning, favoured by the interdisciplinary nature of the themes raised and by our international teaching group.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in any academic field, with a preference for fields of study related to your chosen stream.

Relevant professional or voluntary experience may be considered as part of the application process

Good academic grades (your transcript should include grades for each subject taken).

Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation. At least one of these should be a member of academic staff at your current institution.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Duration

1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time.

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
The MSc Development and the Global South is designed to provide students with the key knowledge and practical transferable skillsets that will be a benefit in many careers. Graduates of this programme may progress to careers in:
- Further research, whether academic or professional
- NGOs focused on the Global South
- International aid, development or humanitarian agencies or organisations
- Global multilateral agencies (United Nations, World Bank, UNICEF, UN-Habitat etc.)
- Uni-or multinational think-tanks
- Private sector research or corporate social responsibility divisions

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Clare Keenan
Contact Number: +353 1 716 8179

Subjects taught

The programme comprises of a total of 90 credits with 60 credits of taught modules and a 30 credit thesis. The core modules focus on research design skills, methodology, and field-based research in Vietnam or Brazil. The thesis involves the production of a piece of original research (of around 15,000-20,000 words) supervised by members of the School academic staff.

Please note the curriculum is subject to a year by year review and the modules may or may not be available in any given year.

Stage 1 - Core
Dissertation
GEOG40520

Development in Asia
GEOG40630

Geographies of the Global Sth
GEOG40760

Latin America: social movements and postcolonial approaches
GEOG40800

Research Design
GEOG40840

Stage 1 - Option
Demographic Techniques: Methods and Models
CSSL40080

Critical Political Economy
EQUL40390

International Economic Crisis
GEOG40470

Geo-spatial Technologies
GEOG40670

International Fieldwork
GEOG40700

Applied GIS
GEOG40820

Global South Fieldwork: Vietnam
GEOG40830

Population Geography
GEOG40880

Politics of Human Rights
POL41020

Economic Globalisation and Social Change
SOC40230

Crit Race & Decolonial Theory
SOC40930

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Development and the Global South FT (W445)
Duration
1 Years

Attendance
Full Time

Deadline
Rolling *

MSc Development and the Global South PT (W446)
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.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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