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How To Apply

Notice to all Applicants

To ensure your application is processed in the most efficient way, please read the instructions below.
All applications to the MA in International Development whether full-time, part-time and distance learning must be made through the PAC application system.

Full-time and Part-time Applicants starting September 2018

If you are applying for the MA in International Development Programme on a full-time or part-time basis commencing September 2018, please apply through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) system by clicking on the Apply for the MA in International Development Programme  button below.  You will be required to upload the required Supporting Documentation necessary to process your application and pay the PAC application fee of €50 before your application can be processed.

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.

Distance Learning Applicants starting in October 2018

Please apply through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) system using the code MH51N. Distance learners are advised to undertake no more than three MA modules per semester. Please ensure that you attach the required Supporting Documentation necessary to process your application and pay the required application fee via Paypal.


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).


Supporting Documentation

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.

  • 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. You should upload electronic (or scanned) copies of the references as part of your application on PAC.



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