Welcome to the Department of International Development
International Development is an important vehicle for just transformation in our world.
As one of the top 100 Young Universities in the world, Maynooth University offers unique opportunities for critical learning for global change. With over 40 years of experience, through the Kimmage Development Studies Centre, our work at the Department of International Development is underpinned by a commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equality and justice. Focusing on local and global development issues, we support skills development and critical engagement at personal, local, national and international levels.
Our courses reflect a combination of formal and non-formal educational methodologies. We facilitate learners to understand the causes of poverty, inequality and injustice around the world, while supporting them to question understandings and responses to the international development challenges we all face. Our MA in International Development offers flexible learning options to study part-time, full-time, or remotely, online.
Studying international development prepares people for careers in local and national government, transnational organisations, non-government organisations and activist groups.
Our graduates work in community development, global education, development policy, project management and in humanitarian and conflict contexts, and on issues such as human rights, gender, climate action, justice, migration and empowerment.