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Distance Learning at Kimmage DSC

Patti Abozaglo

Patti Abozaglo – Kimmage Graduate, Regional Liaison Officer for Horn & East Africa with Trócaire

The academic and CDS activities of KDSC have transferred to Maynooth University.

For any general queries about BA and MA in International Development or CDS activities, including KODE, please see the Maynooth University’s Department of International Development webpage at or contact the Department of International Development by email at


Why Development? International Development is concerned with the development of people all over the world. It focuses, in particular, on the countries of the Global South, in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and the opportunities and challenges they face in a rapidly changing international context.  International Development highlights local-global connections and how we need to think globally when acting locally. It’s about issues such as globalisation, climate change, food security, poverty, human rights, health, education, gender, inequality and empowerment.

The study of Development will help you to understand development activism and how development can be planned, organised and managed to meet the needs of all, especially the most marginalised communities around the world. You will learn from lecturers and fellow learners who have first hand experience of working with international aid agencies and local communities in Ireland and in the countries of the Global South.

MA in International Development by Distance

Flexible Distance Learning

The MA in International Development 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.

The Post Graduate Diploma / Master’s (MA) in International Development by Flexible and Distance Learning (FDL) offers learners the opportunity to combine work and study anywhere in the world, while still connecting online with a diverse and vibrant learning community. Learners can undertake the MA completely online or they can combine the best of distance and e-learning with classroom participation – it is tailored to the needs of learners who like to study in their own time and at their own pace, but still want to have the option of drawing on the benefits of face to face, participatory and experience-based interaction with other participants and tutors. Some places are also retained for recent graduates who wish to study further before embarking on a career in development work.

It is a less costly option than a face to face programme, especially for learners living outside of Dublin or Ireland, as travel and living expenses are minimised, and because you can continue to work where you are based. Despite geographical distance, by participating in online discussions and other networked activities, students are still part of a community of learners at Kimmage.

Participants successfully completing the programme will be awarded an internationally recognised MA in International Development, validated by Qualification and Quality Ireland (formerly HETAC).

MA learners can specialise within the programme by choosing from a number of elective areas that are most suited to their area of interest. These ‘specialist pathways’ include ‘Globalisation and Change’; ‘Faith and Development’ and ‘Development and Management’. Note that this course is also available through the Full-Time Study and Part-Time Learning options.


What this Programme is About

The programme is designed to prepare participants for work in 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

The programme aims to give participants the opportunity to develop:

  • a critical awareness of social, economic and management issues underlying socio economic change
  • conceptual and analytical skills critical to understanding and engaging with contemporary debates relating to development, including contrasting arguments and understandings of development processes
  • the ability to apply such knowledge to policy analysis and practical problem solving
  • a set of operational skills pertinent to working in the public, private, faith-based and NGO domains, especially in relation to leadership, motivation and working with groups and in the planning, management and evaluation of development projects
  • understanding of research processes appropriate to different development contexts and issues, and the ability to undertake effective primary research in the development field
  • new friendships and contacts with a dynamic and diverse group of committed people

 Single Subject Option

The Single Subject Option enables participants to study one or more individual modules outside the structure of one of our formal programmes. Single Modules are ideal for participants who wish to update their professional knowledge, enhance their career, or sample the PG/MA programme.
Single Module learners can subsequently transfer and register for the full MA or PG Diploma and will be credited with any modules already successfully completed. Click here to view the list of modules starting in September 2015. Contact for further information on this option.

Why Kimmage?


Kimmage Manor

Kimmage DSC has provided courses in International Development since 1974. We are a dedicated development studies centre with a strong reputation in Ireland and abroad. Options for study exist on both a full and part-time basis based at Kimmage Manor, as well as by flexible and distance learning (FDL) where you can study from almost anywhere in the world.

At Kimmage we bring together a community of practitioners and learners who want to link development theory with practice, to question and seek alternatives to current development practices, to learn how to turn development aspirations into realities, and who wish to reflect on their own development work.

Our reputation is established by our many graduates who work as activists such as Silas Siakor, conservationists like Bayarjargal Agvaantseren,  Maria Keating, UNDP Country Director for Kenya and Maanda Ngoitiko, founder of the Pastoral Women’s Council of Tanzania.

Some of our graduates go on to apply their learning from Kimmage to areas that may seem less obvious but that are equally important to international development such as documentary making and business.

Many work in senior management positions in NGOs, Faith-Based Organisations and in local governments in countries including Ireland, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Lesotho, Malawi, Timor-Leste, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia; as UN staff and volunteers in Sierra Leone, Nepal, Afghanistan and Mozambique, community development facilitators in Peru, Liberia, Myanmar and Ireland, as well as human rights and peace activists in Pakistan, Tanzania and Sri Lanka.

For further information …

Click here to read more about how the course works and the various modules, or contact the MA coordinator ( if you have any questions about this course or wish to apply.



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