Taught course

International Development

Maynooth University · Department of International Development

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree (2.2 or higher) in a development related discipline (e.g. Agricultural Science, Anthropology, Economics, Education, Engineering, Geography, Health related discipline, Nutrition, Rural Development, Sociology or other Social Science etc) or a recognized international equivalent. Those with a professional background in work related to international development are particularly welcome to apply. In exceptional cases, applicants without a primary degree may be considered on the strength of their professional work experience, other qualifications and completion of a qualifying essay. Minimum English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score (Note: In exceptional cases candidates may be accepted with a score of 6.0, subject to participation in a supplemental course on English for Academic Purposes provided by Kimmage DSC). TOEFL (Paper based test): 580; TOEFL (Internet based test): 92; PTE (Pearson): 62. Maynooth University TOEFL code is 8850.

Months of entry


Course content

The full time MA Degree in International Development is a 1 year (14 month) taught Masters programme designed to prepare participants for work in international development in a community, local government, youth/adult education, or NGO setting. It 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 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. This course is also relevant to academics in the countries of the Global South engaged in teaching and research in development. A limited number of places are also retained for recent graduates who wish to study further before embarking on a career in development work.

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of International Development