The two-year Masters in Development Practice encompasses an integrated theoretical and practical approach with multidisciplinary training in four “pillars”- health, natural, social, and management sciences. Eighteen core academic modules (link) provide rigorous training across the core pillars, complemented by masters level training in research design, methodology, and methods including training in leading edge quantitative...
Masters in Development Practice
Established in 2009 following recommendations from the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice, the Global Masters in Development Practice (MDP) is a world-leading and uniquely innovative interdisciplinary graduate degree programme that blends health, natural, social, and management sciences--combined with cross-sectoral field training and professional local and international work-based placements to better understand international development problems and best practices.
The Dublin MDP is a member of this global network of Master’s in Development Practice, headquartered at Columbia University, New York, linking with over 30 universities and hundreds of partner organisations worldwide.
The two-year Masters in Development Practice encompasses an integrated theoretical and practical approach with multidisciplinary training in four “pillars”- health, natural, social, and management sciences. Eighteen core academic modules (link) provide rigorous training across the core pillars, complemented by masters level training in research design, methodology, and methods including training in leading edge quantitative, qualitative, and digital tools and techniques. The programme includes four work-based placements (link) which provide hands-on practical experience for students, both in International Development NGOs and International Intergovernmental Organisations. This programme aims to create a new generation of development practitioners with the skills to implement and manage comprehensive approaches to sustainable and efficient development.
The Dublin MDP is a joint degree led by the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) School of Natural Science and University College Dublin (UCD) School of Politics and International Relations, and delivered by staff from all faculties across the universities, in collaboration with leading scientific researchers, and national and international organisations with specialist skills.
The Dublin MDP it combines a range of teaching and learning approaches both in the seminar room and in the field. Students engage in a minimum of eighteen class-room based modules and four work-based placements to gain hands-on practical experience during the programme.
Specialist skills are formed across a range of areas including research design and methods, development economics, global health, gender, climate change and climate justice, governance and politics and language training. Students engage with leading experts, practitioners, and academics both in the classroom and in the field.
Students also produce a dissertation drawing upon research conducted during fieldwork modules. These have attracted attention from policy-makers, such as the Minister of Education in Rwanda.
Year 1 Modules:
Tropical Agriculture (Natural Sciences Pillar)
Climate Justice, Human rights, & Development (Social Sciences)
Economic Policy & Analysis I (Social Sciences)
Economic Policy & Analysis II (Social Sciences)
Irish NGO Placement (Management)
Fieldwork 1 (Management)
Global Health (Health Sciences)
Global Classroom (Cross-Disciplinary)
Research Design & Methods (Cross-Disciplinary)
Year 2 Modules:
Climate Change & Development (Natural Sciences Pillar)
Science, Technology & Development (Natural Sciences Pillar)
Globalization & African Development (Social Sciences)
Governance, Politics & Development (Social Sciences)
Post-Conflict Situations (Social Sciences)
Gender & Development (Social Sciences)
The UN Architecture: The MDGs & Beyond (Social Sciences)
Impact Measurement in Development Aid (Cross-Disciplinary)
Fieldwork 2 (Management)
Entry Requirements, Applications and Closing Date
Entry to the program will be based on competitive selection. Applications for admission are accepted from
holders of first or upper-second class honors degrees (grade point average 3.5 equivalent) awarded by recognised universities and institutions, and recognised degree awarding bodies (e.g. NCEA, CNAA);
holders of other degrees from recognised universities or degree granting institutions who have experienced at least three years of appropriate employment;
holders of recognised professional qualifications obtained through examinations who have spent at least four years in study and who, in addition, have been employed for at least two years in the work of their profession;
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English in a test administered by an institution independent of their own university (e.g. the British Council).