24 months
6500 EUR/year
3350 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The International Development degree from Maynooth University is a taught master programme that can be taken by either attending classroom modules part-time entirely by distance learning (on-campus attendance not required), or by a combination of both study modes. 

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The International Development degree from Maynooth University is 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 critically analyse development policies and practices. It builds skills especially in relation to critical reflection, 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 in Ireland or in other countries in the Global North or South.  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 and development.  Places are also retained for recent graduates who wish to study further before embarking on a career in development work.


Graduates of this programme are well placed to pursue a career in development and humanitarian related field either overseas or in Ireland, including both ‘hands on’ management / field positions overseas, support roles in head offices and / or working in the development education sphere domestically. The course is appropriate for those already working in the sector but looking to ‘upskill’, those recently returned from overseas work or volunteer experiences or those contemplating a career in the sector.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Anthropology and Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Managing Development Organisations
  • Participatory Adult Learning for Development
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Leadership in Groups

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General 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 recognised 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13000 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3350 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6700 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Maynooth

650 - 1000 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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