Kimmage Development Studies Centre

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For over 40 years, Kimmage Development Studies Centre (Kimmage DSC), Dublin has provided a unique academic and campus experience by offering a wide range of development related subjects while at the same time accommodating a small, multi-cultural and diverse student body.

Postgraduate study

MA in Development Studies

The post-graduate studies programme at Kimmage DSC addresses the many challenges facing development workers and activists in an ever more complex and changing world.  The MA is designed to prepare participant s for work on development related issues.

Delve into and explore contemporary development theories while immersing yourself in participatory learning methods which encourage and value the sharing of real life practice and experience.  The programme enables participants to reflect on and respond to issues such as poverty, human rights, inequality, governance, gender, conflict, food insecurity, aid and climate change.

Course participants develop professional skills especially in the areas of research, leadership and working with groups, advocacy and campaigning and all aspects of project management and evaluation.  We bridge the divide between development practitioners north and south, between academic and civil society, between higher education and adult education, and between NGOs and the missionary sector.

Kimmage DSC graduates are located all over the world in a wide range of roles.  Please see the graduate profiles and testimonial sections on our website to hear what our past participants felt about the time studying in with Kimmage DSC.


Vision and Mission

The vision of Kimmage DSC is a world of equality, respect and justice for all.  Our mission is to promote critical thinking and action for justice, equality and the eradication of poverty in the world. We aim to do this through facilitating the education and training of individual practitioners and groups working for social, economic and political change in society and so enabling all practitioners to work effectively for the holistic development of all.  Kimmage DSC is a not for profit company limited by guarantee.

Course Delivery

Study options include: Full-time (14 months at Kimmage DSC); Part-time (at Kimmage DSC) or by Flexible and Distance Learning (FDL). The FDL option is most suited to those who wish to undertake the programme over two/three years through online or blended learning (a combination of classroom and online).


The MA in Development Studies is a level 0 award validated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

Campus Accommodation

Some accommodation is available for full-time students.


Grants and Scholarships

Information about possible grants and scholarships is also available on our website:

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