Development Practice, M.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    18035
    Tuition (Year)
    10610
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #151 ,
The two-year Masters in Development Practice encompasses an integrated theoretical and practical approach with multidisciplinary training in four “pillars”- health, natural, social, and management sciences. Eighteen core academic modules (link) provide rigorous training across the core pillars, complemented by masters level training in research design, methodology, and methods including training in leading edge quantitative, qualitative, and digital tools and techniques.

About

The two-year Masters in Development Practice encompasses an integrated theoretical and practical approach with multidisciplinary training in four “pillars”- health, natural, social, and management sciences. Eighteen core academic modules (link) provide rigorous training across the core pillars, complemented by masters level training in research design, methodology, and methods including training in leading edge quantitative, qualitative, and digital tools and techniques. The programme includes four work-based placements (link) which provide hands-on practical experience for students, both in International Development NGOs and International Intergovernmental Organisations. This programme aims to create a new generation of development practitioners with the skills to implement and manage comprehensive approaches to sustainable and efficient development.

The Dublin MDP is a joint degree led by the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) School of Natural Science and University College Dublin (UCD) School of Politics and International Relations, and delivered by staff from all faculties across the universities, in collaboration with leading scientific researchers, and national and international organisations with specialist skills.

Programme Structure

The Dublin MDP it combines a range of teaching and learning approaches both in the seminar room and in the field. Students engage in a minimum of eighteen class-room based modules and four work-based placements to gain hands-on practical experience during the programme.

Specialist skills are formed across a range of areas including research design and methods, development economics, global health, gender, climate change and climate justice, governance and politics and language training. Students engage with leading experts, practitioners, and academics both in the classroom and in the field.
Students also produce a dissertation drawing upon research conducted during fieldwork modules. These have attracted attention from policy-makers, such as the Minister of Education in Rwanda.

Year 1 Modules:

  • Tropical Agriculture (Natural Sciences Pillar)
  • Climate Justice, Human rights, & Development (Social Sciences)
  • Economic Policy & Analysis I (Social Sciences)
  • Economic Policy & Analysis II (Social Sciences)
  • Irish NGO Placement (Management)
  • Fieldwork 1 (Management)
  • Global Health (Health Sciences)
  • Global Classroom (Cross-Disciplinary)
  • Research Design & Methods (Cross-Disciplinary)

Year 2 Modules:

  • Climate Change & Development (Natural Sciences Pillar)
  • Science, Technology & Development (Natural Sciences Pillar)
  • Globalization & African Development (Social Sciences)
  • Governance, Politics & Development (Social Sciences)
  • Post-Conflict Situations (Social Sciences)
  • Gender & Development (Social Sciences)
  • The UN Architecture: The MDGs & Beyond (Social Sciences)
  • Impact Measurement in Development Aid (Cross-Disciplinary)
  • Fieldwork 2 (Management)
  • MDP Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: 7th September
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade A): 200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 570

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Entry to the program will be based on competitive selection. Applications for admission are accepted from

  • holders of first or upper-second class honors degrees (grade point average 3.5 equivalent) awarded by recognised universities and institutions, and recognised degree awarding bodies (e.g. NCEA, CNAA);
  • holders of other degrees from recognised universities or degree granting institutions who have experienced at least three years of appropriate employment;
  • holders of recognised professional qualifications obtained through examinations who have spent at least four years in study and who, in addition, have been employed for at least two years in the work of their profession;
  • holders of diplomas obtained through examinations who have spent three years at least in full-time study at a recognised third-level educational institution and who, in addition, have experienced a minimum of five years appropriate employment.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English in a test administered by an institution independent of their own university (e.g. the British Council).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 18035 International
  • EUR 10610 EU/EEA

Funding

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