Award Type and NFQ level : POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA (9)

CAO/PAC code : MH52N

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Closing Date : 30 June 2018

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The  full time Post Graduate Diploma in International Development is a 1 year (9 month) Level 9 post graduate   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.

* Note: Under the accreditation arrangements, Kimmage Development Studies Centre is considered to be a linked provider to Maynooth University. In 2016/17 the PG Diploma in International  Development programme is delivered at  and from the  Kimmage DSC’s campus in Kimmage Manor, Whitehall Road, Dublin 12

For 40 years, Kimmage DSC has facilitated education and training for development practitioners working in a range of occupations from over 65 countries. We have a strong reputation in Development Studies in Ireland and abroad and offer an inter-cultural and experience-based learning environment. Since 2013, Kimmage DSC has been responsible for the delivery of the International Development programme at  BA level on-campus in Maynooth University, under a partnership agreement between both institutions. The Executive Director of Kimmage DSC is Dr. Rob Kevlihan. Profiles of Kimmage DSC lecturers can be found here:

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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

60 ECTS credits are required to complete the full  PG Diploma in International Development by part time or distance study mode. PG Dip learners must complete six core taught modules (35 credits in total) – Political Economy of Development, Gender and Development,  Managing Development Organisations, Sociology of Development, Adult Learning, and Research Methods, as well as any  5 elective modules (25 credits). Leaners whe enrol on the PG Diploma can transfer to the 90 credit MA in International Development at a later date should they wish to do so, and  will get credit for any modules already completed.

Full time learners take most taught modules  in a classroom setting (on-campus delivery) at Kimmage DSC. while certain modules are available either online/by distance only, or can be taken either online or through on-campus delivery. On-campus delivery of each 5 credit module involves 24 hours of class-contact. Reflecting the diverse needs of our student population, a flexible approach to such delivery is taken with some courses offered through 2 hour taught classes over 12 weeks (with some modules taught during the evenings) with others offered through more concentrated one or two week blocks of time depending on timetable requirements and arrangements. Online learning is structured to allow students to study at their own pace over a semester.

Kimmage DSC adopts a learner centred, participative approach to learning. This, combined with the diverse groups of full and part time learners, including a significant number of students from the global South, creates a unique learning environment that builds on both the diverse array of experiences of participants and on the knowledge of experience facilitators and instructors. PG Diploma leaners take exactly the same modules as MA in Development Studies learners. The difference is that PG Diploma leaners are not expected to complete a final research thesis.

Course Duration: 1 year Full-time

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.

The following information should be uploaded to PAC:

* Online PAC application form

* Personal statement of your academic and professional goals (SEE BELOW)

* Names and contact details of two referees who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you (SEE BELOW)

* Official Transcripts of degrees not earned at Maynooth University**

* A copy of your Birth Certificate or valid Passport (non-Maynooth University students only)

* IELTS or TOEFL certificate where English is a second language (at least 6.5 in IELTS test or a score of 580 in print based TOEFL is required)



**Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth Univeristy qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. A certified copy is a photocopy of a document that has been stamped and verified by one of the following: a Lawyer or solicitor; a Local Embassy or Consulate official; Commissioner for Oaths or Member of Judiciary; A British Council Official; A University Dean or Registrar.


Writing the Personal Statement of Academic and Professional Goals (500 words)

All applicants should provide a personal statement (around 500 words) of your academic and professional goals. Your personal statement should include the following: a brief description of any aspects of your work or other experience which you feel are relevant to the programme; your general research interests in the field of international development and/or ideas for a thesis project; your professional/career goals and how the degree in International Development will help you achieve them.


Arranging for letters of recommendation

You must make prior arrangements with two referees to write letters of recommendation on your behalf; these should be academic references, or if you do not have recent academic experience, then some other type of professional reference; personal character references are not appropriate. In your application, provide the names and contact details (preferably emails) of these two referees, Please ask your referees to send letters directly to; letters should be signed and on letterhead, and should be sent from the referee’s own email address. They can also be sent by post to Admissions Officer, Kimmage Development Studies Centre at the address below.




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