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How To Apply

The MA in International Development programme at Kimmage DSC is accredited by Maynooth University since June 2016, and as a result of this change, from January 2017 all applications to the programme, whether full-time or part-time/distance, must be made through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) for Maynooth University. On the initial page, search for “International Development” to see the relevant programmes. Applicants for the full-time programme should select “MH50N – MA in International Development”, and part-time or distance learners should select “MH51N – MA in International Development (part-time)”. Click on the “Apply” link on the right of the programme name to complete the application form.


Apply for MA in International Development programme


Note that applications via the PAC system will be acknowledged but will not be processed until the application fee (€50) has been received, and full supporting documentation has been uploaded. If you have not received an acknowledgement of your application within 10 days, please contact the admissions office to check the status of your application. You may pay the application fee by credit or debit card, or by direct bank transfer (see How to pay the application fee).

Single Module study

You may opt to study single modules without registering for the entire MA programme. In this case, use the Single Module Study Application Form instead of the PAC system.

Scanned copies of supporting documentation may be sent by email, but originals should be sent by post or courier as soon as possible after completing your application. It is important that you submit your application well in advance of the start of the academic semester in which you wish to commence your studies.


Apply for Single Module Study


Supporting documentation

  • Personal statement of your academic and professional goals
  • Letters of recommendation (references) from two referees
  • Official Transcripts of degrees not earned at Maynooth University**
  • A copy of your Birth Certificate or valid Passport (non-Maynooth University students only)
  • IELTS or TOEFL certificate where English is a second language (at least 6.5 in IELTS test or a score of 580 in print based TOEFL is required)

**Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. A certified copy is a photocopy of a document that has been stamped and verified by one of the following: a Lawyer or solicitor; a Local Embassy or Consulate official; Commissioner for Oaths or Member of Judiciary; A British Council Official; A University Dean or Registrar.

Writing the Personal Statement of Academic and Professional Goals (500 words)

All applicants should provide a personal statement (around 500 words) of your academic and professional goals. Your personal statement should include the following: a brief description of any aspects of your work or other experience which you feel are relevant to the programme; your general research interests in the field of international development and/or ideas for a thesis project; your professional/career goals and how the degree in International Development will help you achieve them.

Letters of Recommendation (References)

You must make prior arrangements with two referees to write letters of recommendation on your behalf; these should be academic references, or if you do not have recent academic experience, then some other type of professional reference; personal character references are not appropriate. In your application, provide the names and contact details (preferably emails) of these two referees. When applying through PAC, upload electronic (or scanned) copies of the references as part of your application. If applying for Single Module study only, please ask your referees to send the references directly to applications@kimmagedsc.ie; references should be signed and on letterhead, and should be sent from the referee’s own email address. They can also be sent by post to Admissions Officer, Kimmage Development Studies Centre at the address below.


Supporting Documentation should be sent by post or courier to:

Applications Office
Kimmage Development Studies Centre
Whitehall Road
Dublin 12
Republic of Ireland



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