For some part-time study is a very attractive option. You end up with the same qualification as a full-time student while balancing your studies with other commitments such as work and family. Some employers may contribute to your tuition fee, and it allows you to take more time to read, study and reflect on your learning. You can choose which modules to take over each of the 2 years and then research your thesis to continue towards the award of MA.
The Part Time Post Graduate Diploma / Master’s in International Development 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 prepares learners for work in development in a community, local government, youth/adult education, or NGO setting. Participants successfully completing the programme will be awarded an internationally recognised MA in International Development, validated by Maynooth University.
This programme 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. Some places are also retained for recent graduates who wish to study further before embarking on a career in development work.
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’; ‘People Centred Development’ and ‘Development and Management’. Note that this course is also available through the Full-Time Study and Flexible Distance Learning options.
- To offer a high quality academic training in International Development, examining contemporary theories in the social sciences and development policies and practices.
- To equip participants with a theoretical understanding of debates relating to development, including contrasting arguments and understandings of development processes, and to enhance their abilities to apply such knowledge to policy analysis and practical problem solving.
- To enhance the skills of participants, especially in relation to leadership, motivation and working with groups and in the planning, management and evaluation of development projects.
- To enhance participants’ understanding of social research on contemporary issues in the development field and to facilitate learners to critically analyse these issues in the light of their own primary research and development experience.
This programme 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. It should also appeal to academics in the countries of the Global South engaged in teaching and research in development. Some places are also retained for recent graduates who wish to study further before embarking on a career in development work.
Applicants to the PG Dip or MA programme must hold a University Degree, preferably in a development related discipline. Those with a professional background in some form of development work are particularly welcome to apply. In exceptional cases, applicants without a degree may be considered on the strength of their professional work experience and qualifications. Read more about our Recognition of Prior Learning here.
For all applicants to the PG Dip / MA in International Development must have a high level of English language ability in reading, writing and study skills, equivalent to a score of 6.5, or higher, in the IELTS test, or a score of at least 580 in the paper-based TOEFL test (PBT), 237 in the computerised TOEFL test (CBT), or 90 in the internet test (IBT), is required. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be asked to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body.
Part time learners study the MA over 26 months (or 21 months for a PG Diploma).
Participants can take a general MA in International Development Degree, or choose from a number of specialist MA pathways by selecting certain elective options.
|Introduction to Political Economy|
|Gender and Development|
|Managing Development Organisations|
|Sociology of Development|
|Adult Learning for Development|
|Dissertation (MA only)|
Pathways & Electives
|General MA in International Development|
|Learners choose from any of the electives listed below to the value of 25 credits.|
|Specialist Pathway 1: People Centred Development|
|Leadership in Groups|
|Facilitation for Transformation|
MA in International Development (People Centred Development): Learners must complete Leadership, Development, Facilitation for Transformation + 1 other elective within the specialisation, + any other elective(s) to the value of 10 credits (25 elective credits in total).
|Specialist Pathway 2: Development and Management|
|Results Based Management for Development|
|Health and Development|
|Sustainable Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation|
MA in International Development (Development and Management): Learners must complete Project and Financial Management + 1 other elective within the specialisation, + any other elective(s) to the value of 10 credits (25 elective credits in total).
|Specialist Pathway 3: Globalisation and Change|
|Human Rights and Advocacy|
|Globalisation and Movements for Change|
|Political Economy of Environment and Development|
|Anthropology and Globalisation|
|Conflict, Development and Security|
MA in International Development (Globalisation and Change): Learners must complete Human Rights and Advocacy & Globalisation and Movements for Change + 1 other elective within the specialisation, + any other elective(s) to the value of 10 credits (25 elective credits in total).
Please note that some modules may not be available or may have to be re-scheduled to allow for minimum numbers of participants [minimum = 10 participants required for Kimmage DSC classroom modules and minimum of 8 participants required for FDL VCT modules].
Assessment is by a combination of continuous assessment, project work, examinations and final essays. Participants who continue towards an MA award are expected to submit a final dissertation (20,000 words) within the time allocated.
Schedule and Validation
Participants for this programme are accepted on to a common postgraduate programme. Participants who meet the required pass standard, having completed all course work modules, will be permitted to continue towards an MA award (equivalent to 90 credits under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)).
Participants who choose to complete their programme having completed all modules, or those who do not meet the minimum standard, will be registered for the award of Post-Graduate Diploma in International Development (60 ECTS credits).
If you chose to undertake just one, or a few, modules, you will receive Single Module/Short Course certificate (s), which will record: the Level of the Award, the module/course(s) completed, results, and ECTS credits.
Both the PG Diploma and the MA in International Development are Level 9 awards under the Irish National Framework of Qualifications and are validated by Maynooth University.
Graduates of the PG Diploma and MA in International Development programmes have gone on to work in areas such as health, environment, human rights, gender and development, agriculture and education. These include personnel in senior management positions in NGOs, Faith-Based Organisations and in local government in Ethiopia, Lesotho Malawi, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia, 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.