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MA in International Development, Environment and Conflict

Master of Arts in International Development, Environment and Conflict

  • PAC CodeDC635(Full Time), DC636(Part Time)
  • Course type Postgraduate
  • Qualification Masters Degree
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Duration (FT - 1 Year), (PT - 2 years)

The contemporary world is characterised by critical global challenges and interdependencies. Economic and human development challenges remain pervasive across large parts of the world. Environmental challenges such as climate change are increasingly shaping world politics. Development and environmental challenges interact in complex ways to shape patterns of conflict and insecurity.

The MA in International Development, Environment and Conflict explores the interconnections between these critical global agendas and the ways in which they play out around the world. Students on this programme will develop critical insights into how these contemporary challenges and governance responses are reshaping the contours of world politics.

Graduate View

(Testimonials)

“The busy year studying the DCU Masters in Development programme gave me a better insight and understanding of the politics of international development and the disciplines directly linked to it, such as political economy of development and international human rights. The year at DCU equipped me with better research skills and allowed time to put them to practice. The MA in Development programme had enough flexibility that I could concentrate on the topics most important to me. Coming out of the year I felt more confident in understanding international politics and development. Working for European Movement Ireland as well as the Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation and gaining in-field development work experience in Thailand has been a desired outcome for me during the year after completing the course.”

 

Mirjam Sutrop, Policy Officer with Trialog, Brussels     

Programme

Why Do This Programme?

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the fields of international development, environmental change and management, and conflict and security studies, and how they combine to shape contemporary world politics.
  • Understand specific aspects of each set of policy challenges, including the determinants of economic and human development, the drivers of climate change and related environmental challenges, and evolution of contemporary insecurity and conflict at global and national levels.
  • Open doors to further postgraduate studies in International Development, Environmental Studies, Political Science and International Relations and Security Studies.
  • Learn through interactive, hands-on teaching methods in small group settings, and get a head start on your career through relationships with colleagues from varied backgrounds and specialisms.

 Programme Structure and Content

This MA can be completed in one year on a full-time basis, or in two years on a part-time basis.

As a full-time student, you’ll take three core modules in Semester 1, along with a research methodology class. In Semester 2, you’ll take one core module and choose two other modules from a range of thematic- and region-focused options. You may also take a language as one of your options. A dissertation is due in September.

If you’re a part-time student, you’ll complete all modules (four core modules plus research methodology, and two optional modules) over the course of two years, taking one or two modules per semester and attending college Fridays, 2-8pm. A dissertation is due in September of Year 2.

The programme features seminars and presentations by guest speakers—including politicians, officials, academics and diplomats—that prompt you to explore key issues in international politics, security, and development, as well as to build connections to key practitioners.

Programme Aims and Objectives

  • Link theory, policy and practice.
  • Offer high quality academic training in international development.
  • Give participants a critical understanding of different theories of and frameworks for international development, environmental change and management, and security and conflict.
  • Enhance the practical skills of participants in the areas of research, communication, policy analysis, and programme and project management.

 

 

 

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Why DCU

Why Choose DCU?

  • The School of Law and Government is Ireland’s leading academic department for the study of international development, environment and conflict studies. 
  • DCU is a young, innovative university with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research consistently rated in the ‘Top 50 under 50’ by the QS World University Rankings. 
  •  This MA is highly regarded in Ireland and internationally and provides a challenging and innovative learning environment. 
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the fields of international development, environmental change and management, and conflict and security studies, and how they combine to shape contemporary world politics.
  • Get a head start in your career as you build relationships and contacts with colleagues, specialists and policy makers from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Open doors to further postgraduate studies in International Development, Environmental Studies, Political Science and International Relations, and Security Studies.

 

Programme Chairperson: Dr. Diarmuid Torney

Tel: +353 (0)1 700 6468

Email: diarmuid.torney@dcu.ie

Fees: www.dcu.ie/fees/index.shtml

Careers

The knowledge and skills you acquire through this programme are highly sought by government, research organisations, the national and international non-governmental (NGO)/non-profit sector, and the inter-governmental (IGO) sector.

Potential Careers

Graduates have careers in a variety of government departments, including the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of An Taoiseach and Department of Justice, as well as international organisations including the European Union and United Nations.  Others may gravitate towards agencies and NGOs such as Trócaire, Amnesty International, Concern and Oxfam, or major multinational organisations, financial services companies, the media and international business.

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

Full Time -

Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent, but applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also, on the basis of the relevant University regulations and procedures, be offered places.

Part-Time -

Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent, but applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and/or experience may also, on the basis of the relevant University regulations and procedures, be offered places.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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