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 Structured PhD/Masters in International Development Education and Practice

The closing date for receipt of applications has been extended to July 31st 2017.

This Structured PhD in International Development Education and Practice builds on two postgraduate programmes that have been offered by Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in recent years: the Graduate Diploma/Master’s programme in International Development Practice (MIDP) that has been offered at MIC since the academic year 2012-13 and the Masters programme in Development Education which was first offered at MIC in the autumn of 2006.

This structured PhD programme will train generalist practitioners and educators by combining a range of teaching and learning approaches developed by a cohort of experts from academia, policy making and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The format of the programme will allow those in full-time employment to take the course on a part-time basis.

This innovative programme is designed for those who wish to pursue careers within international organisations, government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), philanthropic institutions, and consultancy firms engaged in international development practice. The programme will create a cohort of international educators and practitioners with the capacity to analyse and scrutinise some of the most chronic developmental problems of the twenty-first century and to provide participants with the practical skills to provide resolution along a wide spectrum of critical policy areas.


A range of modules, emphasising the practice and theory of development education and practice, will be offered in year one of the programme.

The Structured PhD in International Development Education and Practice includes a combination of taught modules in year 1 of the programme and individual research culminating in the doctoral thesis.

Participants may decide to specialise in Development Education or Development Practice after successfully completing semester one of the programme.

Click here to view the programme structure.

The following modules, among others, will be offered in Year 1 of the Structured PhD programme:

The minimum requirements for this programme are the following:

-Applicants should be the holders of a first class honours primary degree or upper second class honours (2.1) primary degree (Level 8, NFQ) in a relevant or cognate discipline that incorporates a substantial education or social science component.

OR

-A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification (Level 9, NFQ), at a minimum 2.1 honours level that has been obtained from a university or other institution recognised by the University of Limerick following a period of study similar to that required in the University of Limerick.

OR

-A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification (Level 9, NFQ), at a minimum 2.2 honours level, in Development Education, Development Practice, or a related area, that has been obtained from a university or other institution recognised by the University of Limerick following a period of study similar to that required in the University of Limerick.

AND

-A minimum of two years’ experience as a development practitioner, or as a teacher of Development Education or related fields, may be considered as a basis for entry on a case-by-case basis. Acceptance under this criteria will be subject to an interview and in accordance with the University of Limerick Policy on Accredited Prior Learning.

On application, candidates are required to submit a satisfactory provisional research proposal which is approved at departmental and faculty level in terms of academic merit and suitability of topic. This proposal will then be reviewed by the MIC Post Graduate Research Sub-Committee (PRSC).

English Language Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st May 2017.

Fees (EU and non-EU)

For more information about fees for this programme, please go to the postgraduate fees 2016-17 page – click here

How to Apply

  1. Download and complete the application form - click here
    • The application form must also include your university transcripts.
    • In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS is also required, or equivalent.
  2. Return the application form plus application fee* by email to: admissions@mic.ul.ie or by post to:
    • Admissions Office, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland
    • Telephone: +353 61 204348/204929


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