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Development Practice

University College Dublin

24 months
19900 EUR/year
9935 EUR/year
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The Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP) offered by University College Dublin (UCD) is a two-year fulltime programme that offers professional trans-disciplinary graduate degree training that addresses the challenges of sustainable development through a blend of rigorous academic courses and practical engagements.


The MPA-DP is delivered by staff from all faculties across the university, in collaboration with leading scientific researchers, and national and international organisations with specialist skills. 

The goal of this Development Practice programme from University College Dublin is to produce rounded development practitioners with a deep understanding of scientific methods and techniques to reduce global poverty, in addition to extensive on-the-ground training with international organisations. The MPA in Development Practice is rooted in evidence that effective public policy must be based science-based. Course offerings include a blend of traditional class-room based modules and two internships including one in an internatinal organisation.


A wide variety of careers will be open to graduates from this programme in overseas development assistance for public, private and non-governmental organizations. The programme also appeals to active professionals already working in these fields who wish to strengthen their qualification.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Economic & Policy Analysis 
  • Science Technology & Dev  
  • Governance Politics & Dev 
  • Global Classroom 
  • NGOs:  Law, Governance & Social
  • Global Health 
  • Fieldwork
  • Thesis 
  • The Economics of Sust. Development 
  • Impact Measurement 
  • Public Administration and Policy 
  • Statistics 
  • Econometrics 
  • Experiments in Economics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled.


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To qualify for a place on the Master of Public Administration Development Practice, students must hold a primary degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19900 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9935 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9935 EUR per year during 24 months.

Part time

  • International: 9,950.00 EUR

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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