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Award Type and NFQ Level: POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA (9)
Course code: PDIDEP
CAO/PAC code: MH53N
Closing date: 30 June 2022
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The Postgraduate Diploma in International Development (Part-Time)  is a taught postgraduate  programme that can be taken by either attending classroom modules part-time, entirely by distance/online learning (on-campus attendance not required), or by a combination of both study modes. Learners who attend most modules in a classroom setting can complete the full programme in as little as two years, while distance learners typically take between 3 - 4 years (maximum) to complete all requirements. Learners who enrol on the Postgraduate Diploma can transfer to the MA in International Development at a later date should they wish to do so, and will get credit for any modules already completed.

The Postgraduate Diploma is designed to prepare learners 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 learners 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 in international development. Places are also retained for recent graduates who wish to study further before embarking on a career in development work.


The Postgraduate Diploma in International Development programme will commence in September.

Part-time learners are encouraged to register at that time, but can start modules at different times of the year based on module availability.

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