May Immaculate College From January 2013, a fully accredited Graduate Diploma/Masters in International Development Practice (MIDP) programme via online/blended learning will be offered by Mary Immaculate College (MIC), University of Limerick, on a full-time basis over 18 months, with part-time options also available for participants over an extended period. This programme is intended to help to maximise career opportunities for busy professionals and postgraduate researchers. The course will be delivered on a blended learning basis, through a combination of residential Summer and Winter schools, online learning and an international placement programme, which offers course participants the opportunity to obtain real-life experience of integrated approaches to international development practice, plus a 20,000-word dissertation. Additionally, the programme will provide participants with a strong inter-disciplinary foundation and continuing professional development expertise in the area of international development practice.
This innovative programme is designed for postgraduate researchers and development practitioners 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 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, will be offered in year one of the programme. Students who successfully complete this phase of the programme will be awarded a Graduate Diploma after Year One. The third semester of the programme will consist primarily of research and the completion of a 20,000-word dissertation.
The following modules will be offered as part of this course:

  • Project Management for International Development Practitioners
  • Theory and Practice of Development
  • Agriculture and Sustainable Development
  • Development Education for Development Practitioners
  • Research Field Methods & Logistics
  • Financial Management for Development Practitioners
  • The Political Economy of International Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Health

Applicants to the programme should hold at least a recognised 2.2 honours degree. Exceptions may be made for holders of degrees from recognised granting institutions with at least 3 years cognate experience and for holders of recognised qualifications encompassing at least 3 years of study and 2 years of relevant work experience.
Deadline for applications to the 18-month MA programme: December 7th 2012.
More information about this innovative blended learning programme can be found at the course website:
Course fees for this entire programme are €6,200 (for all students)
For further information please contact:
Dr Gerard Downes
Course Coordinator, MIDP,
Mary Immaculate College,
South Circular Road,
T: 061 204540