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The full time MA Degree in International Development is a 1 year taught Masters programme 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.

It is aimed at advanced level participants who hold a primary degree or equivalent qualifications and who have experience of working in a development context. Particularly welcome are leaders, facilitators and managers of community development projects, government and development agency staff, people involved in pastoral ministry, researchers, development educators, volunteers and activists. This course is also relevant to academics in the countries of the Global South engaged in teaching and research in development. A limited number of places are also retained for recent graduates who wish to study further before embarking on a career in development work.

Course Structure

90 ECTS credits are required to complete the MA in International Development. MA learners must complete five compulsory taught modules (30 credits in total) as well as any 6 optional modules (20 credits), and a 30 credit research based thesis. Taught modules commence in mid September and end by early May of the following year. Learners then have approximately 5 months to complete and submit a final research thesis at the end of September.

Full time learners take most taught modules in a classroom setting (on-campus delivery), while certain modules are available either online/by distance only, or can be taken either online 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. Online learning is structured to allow students to study at their own pace over a semester.

The MA in International Development applies 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 participants and on the knowledge and experience of facilitators and instructors.

Career Options

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 ‘up skill’, those recently returned from overseas work or volunteer experiences or those contemplating a career in the sector.

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Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy

Öğrenim seçenekleri

Katılımlı Online/Uzaktan (1 yıl)

Okul ücreti
€13,000.00 (TRY 100,012) Yıllık
Başlangıç tarihi

Planlanan Eylül 2020


National University of Ireland, Maynooth



Republic of Ireland

Giriş koşulları

Türkiye gelen öğrenciler için

Students need to have a minimum score of 560 in paper based TOEFL and 59 in PTE.

Uluslararası öğrenciler için

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 (Note: In exceptional cases candidates may be accepted with a score of 6.0, subject to participation in a supplemental course on English for Academic Purposes provided by Kimmage DSC).

TOEFL (Paper based test): 580

TOEFL (Internet based test): 92

PTE (Pearson): 62

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