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The joint TCD-UCD Masters degree in Development Practice (MDP) is a new two-year programme that offers a world class training and education in development practice at graduate level. The first intake of students will be in September 2010, with a pre-entry intensive training programme held in September 6th - 24th 2010.
The Masters in Development Practice will develop the core competencies required by practitioners in international development. The programme combines a range of teaching and learning approaches and mechanisms in the seminar room and in the field, and brings to bear expertise from both academics and practitioners. This approach will develop capabilities and capacities in students so that they can understand the theories, practices and languages of different specialities. The four pillars of the MDP are Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Economics, Management and Health Sciences. Particular emphasis will be laid upon the interconnectedness between politics, governance, civil society, health, environmental conflict and climate change, amongst others. This will enable students to visualise, design and implement collaborative sustainable development solutions and work flexibly as development practitioners across a variety of contexts.
The Masters in Development Practice (MDP) is funded by the MacArthur Foundation (U.S.A.) and is part of a global network of Masters degrees in Development Practice, headquartered at Columbia University in the United States. The MDP will be delivered jointly by TCD and UCD in collaboration with the National University of Rwanda, Realizing Rights, Trócaire, Kimmage Development Studies Centre and Earthmind. Students will be jointly registered at TCD and UCD. The National University of Rwanda is a key partner and students will spend a portion of time completing cross-disciplinary fieldwork in Rwanda as well as in Geneva and Liberia (more information on fieldwork below).
A wide variety of careers will be open to graduates from this programme in overseas development assistance for public, private and non-governmental organizations. It is envisaged that the programme will also attract active professionals already working in these fields who wish to strengthen their qualifications.
There are four key pillars in the MDP curriculum: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Management and Health Sciences. The course will be taught by staff from TCD and UCD with input from the National University of Rwanda, Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Realizing Rights and Trócaire.
Planned modules are listed below. Please click on each module name for further details. Please note all details contained here are module outlines only and are subject to change.
Pillar 1:Natural Sciences
* Module 1: Tropical Agriculture and Sustainable Development
* Module 2: Climate Change and Development
* Module 3: Science, Technology and Sustainable Development
Pillar 2: Social Sciences
* Module 4: Human Rights and Development
* Module 5: Economic Policy and Analysis
* Module 6: Advanced Economic and Policy Analysis
* Module 7: Macroeconomic Policy and Sustainable Development
* Module 8: Political Ecology and Sustainable Development
* Module 9: Gender and Development
* Module 10: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals
Pillar 3: Management
* Module 11: Development as a Reflective Practice
* Module 12: Methods of Sustainable Development Practice
Pillar 4: Health Sciences
* Module 13: Global Health 1
* Module 14: Global Health 2
* Module 15: Intensive Pre-MDP Induction Module
* Module 16: Impact Measurement in Development Aid
* Module 17: Global Classroom
* Module 18: MDP Cross-disciplinary Seminar and Practical Exercise
* Module 19: Field Study Pre-Departure Seminar
* Module 20: Kiswahili Language Course
* Module 21: Workshop in Development Practice: Getting Things Done
* Module 22: Fieldwork 1
* Module 23: Fieldwork 2
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).
All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:
* IELTS: Grade 6.5
* TOEFL: 88 - iBT, 230 - Computer based, 570 - paper based
* Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C
|CAE score:||80 (Grade A)|
|TOEFL paper-based test score:||570|
|TOEFL computer-based test score:||230|
|TOEFL iBT® test:||88|
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