Structured PhD / MA in International Development Education and Practice
This Structured PhD in International Development Education and Practice 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.
The Structured PhD in International Development Education and Practice is a four-year full-time programme. Candidates who wish to opt for study on a part-time basis may do so over a maximum of six years.
Each element of the ‘taught’ programme will entail face-to-face lectures and workshops as well as web-supported delivery designed to enhance student learning outcomes. The online aspect of the programme will feature online discussion groups, access to all course documents, e-books and relevant journal articles, student formative assessment tasks, synchronous and asynchronous communication and collaborative learning between staff and students. All materials relating to the programme such as the syllabus, course readings, assignments, videos, podcasts and recorded lectures will be uploaded to MIC’s virtual learning environment, Moodle.
After successfully completing two semesters of the programme, participants may complete a dissertation (30 ECTS) in Semester 3 and, if successful, exit the programme with a Master of Arts (MA) in International Development Education or a Master of Arts (MA) in International Development Practice after completing 90 ECTS of study. Those who do not fulfil the requirements of a Masters programme may be able to graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Development Education and Practice, subject to satisfying the necessary requirements of the Graduate Diploma component of the programme (60 ECTS).
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. For graduates of the Structured PhD in International Development Education and Practice at Mary Immaculate College a wide variety of career options exists in the area of development cooperation, particularly in the public and private sectors as well as within civil society, development consultancy, NGOs and international and European Union agencies such as Irish Aid, Oxfam, Trócaire, Concern and Action Aid.
This programme will also help professionals currently working in development-related areas to strengthen their academic qualifications, engage in continuing professional development, and to deepen their understanding of development education and 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. Additionally, students on the programme will demonstrate their ability to use research methods and techniques by undertaking a substantial piece of original supervised research.