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Local:$ 5.07 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 11.7 k / Year(s)  
501–600 place StudyQA ranking:2713 Duration:12 months

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The Masters in Development explores the nature of development in a local and global context and enables participants to increase their own capacity as development actors and/or motivators in a variety of development contexts.

The course provides a broad understanding of development in theory and in practice - in relation to economic, social and cultural change and the associated role of individuals and institutions involved in developmental praxis. This course may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.


This programme of study is designed to address three areas of competence:

* Knowledge - this programme is designed to increase knowledge of different developmental contexts and issues, and to provide students with adequate training to recognise and analyse alternative developmental contexts and issues.
* Disposition - a key part of this programme is concerned with fostering within development actors and motivators a self-reflexive attitude towards alternative development values, goals, ambitions and objectives, so that participants may recognise alternative developmental ambitions - within themselves, within specified development programmes and throughout the field.
* Skills - this programme is designed to provide the appropriate skills base, so as to enable participants to operate more effectively as developmental actors and change managers.


The course is designed for those who want to pursue a professional career in the private or public sectors as well as for those who want to pursue further postgraduate study.

For full-time students, the course takes one academic year to complete, from September to September, with graduation (following successful completion of the course programme) in January. Students taking the programme on a full-time basis take six taught disciplinary modules over two semesters (from September to December and from February to May), plus two research methods training modules. In the remaining three months (June to August), programme participants are given the opportunity explore the practical and theoretical problems associated with carrying out a self-administered research project at first-hand by undertaking a research project themselves in the form of a individually supervised written dissertation over the summer.

For part-time students, the course takes two academic years to complete. Part-time students are required to take six taught disciplinary modules and two research training modules over four academic semesters (from September to December and from February to May in year one and again in year two). Core modules are time-tabled so that part-time students may avail of this course on a day-release basis throughout the teaching term. Part-time classes are scheduled every Monday throughout the teaching terms.

In addition to the compulsory core modules that form the basis of this programme of study, students may, by virtue of their choice of additional elective modules, choose to focus their studies in either the international or domestic development spheres, or some combination of the two.

The dissertation is between 10,000 -15,000 words and is written under the supervision of an appropriate supervisor. A grade of C3 or above in the dissertation is obligatory for the successful completion of the programme. The dissertation will be worth 30 ECTS credits out of a total of 90 for the MA.

Students are required to take three core modules and three elective modules, plus the research methods module in both semesters.

Semester 1

Core modules: Development Theory and Practice*, Public Policy Analysis: Theory and Method*

Global Transformation and Exclusion* OR Mainstreaming Social inclusion*, Research Methods*

Semester 2

Core modules: Issues in international Development* OR Political Economy of Ireland*
Public Policy and Programme Management*, Research Methods*


Foreign Aid and Development* Political Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Conflict, International Security, Russian and Post Soviet Politics Partnership and Governance, Feminist Perspectives on Conflict and Development Issues, Comparative Politics Issues in International Public Policy, Issues in Contemporary Democratic Theory Origins, Development and Resolution of Conflict External Relations of the European Union

Some elective modules may not be offered if student numbers are too small or if there are irresolvable timetable clashes

*Modules marked are scheduled together for part-time students.

Summer semester:


Applicants should normally be the holders of a primary degree with first or second class honours in a cognate social science discipline or an approved equivalent qualification. (Primary Degree: Level 8 NQAI).ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTSAs all international students are required to possess sufficient language skills to attend lectures and sit examinations at the University of Limerick, students should be competent to communicate through the medium of English prior to their arrival.Students must have a minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213(computer based) 80 (internet based) in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score in the range of 6.5-7 and not less than 6.0 in any one component. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 80 (Grade A) TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80
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