MSc Development and the Global South

Academic Year 2019/2020

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This MSc programme offers students a critical understanding of key issues and theoretical debates on development and the Global South. 

  • designed to provide students with an advanced knowledge of key development challenges, potentials and contestations in the Global South at a range of scales and informed by local experiences of development, change and sustainability, including debates on decoloniality and social movements.
  • strong emphasis is placed on developing students’ applied skills in geospatial technology and an understanding of their societal application to development-related issues, research and to informing practice, planning and policy making in the Global South.

Careers & Employability

The MSc Development and the Global South is designed to provide students with the key knowledge and practical transferable skillsets that will be a benefit in many careers. Graduates of this programme may progress to careers in:

  • Further research, whether academic or professional
  • NGOs focused on the Global South
  • International aid, development or humanitarian agencies or organisations
  • Global multilateral agencies (United Nations, World Bank, UNICEF, UN-Habitat etc.)
  • Uni- or multinational think-tanks
  • Private sector research or corporate social responsibility divisions 

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

  • Applications are welcome from students with an undergraduate degree in Geography or a cognate discipline (including, but not limited to, Planning, Economics, Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, Engineering, Biology, etc.).
  • It is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners and professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of key issues and theoretical debates on development and the Global South, and will support candidates to become experts in conducting empirical research on development and in the use of new geospatial applications in the field of development studies and practice.

 

The Global South accounts for over 80 per cent of world’s population, and represents enormous diversity and rapid transformation, commanding an ever-increasing role in global affairs. Many countries of the Global South have achieved impressive economic growth, including some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Yet, the Global South also houses the bulk of the global poor, with growth often accompanied by mounting spatial and socio-economic inequalities.

The MSc Development and the Global South is designed to provide students with an advanced knowledge of key development challenges, potentials and contestations in the Global South at a range of scales and informed by local experiences of development, change and sustainability.

A strong emphasis is placed on developing students’ applied skills in geospatial technology and an understanding of their societal application to development-related issues, research and to informing practice, planning and policy making in the Global South.

This program is aimed at students who wish to develop a career in the field of international development within governmental or non-governmental organisations, or to do further research in the field of studies on global development. We value and encourage our students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who have a critical and reflective approach towards the problems of the Global South, global poverty and the wide range of proposed solutions. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to challenge commonplace understandings and reflect on different approaches to developing their autonomous understanding of key concepts and debates in the field of studies on development and the Global South.

Working groups, fieldwork based research in Vietnam or Brazil, collective discussion and autonomous conceptions of outputs like research essays, presentations and student-led conferences are key elements of the programme’s design. This entails a focus on personal development and critical learning, favoured by the interdisciplinary nature of the themes raised and by our international teaching group.   

    • Gain critical reading skills in the area of Development and the Global South.
    • Obtain knowledge of current challenges relating to development in the Global South at a range of scales, informed by local experiences of development, change and sustainability, including debates on decoloniality and social movements
    • Develop strong writing skills in the form of academic articles and a thesis.
    • Learn research techniques and methodologies.
    • Learn field-based investigation methods and techniques.
    • Demonstrate competency in a range of geospatial technologies, with a particular emphasis on the application of Geographical Information Systems.
    • Establish contacts with development sector actors and policy-makers in Ireland, Vietnam and Brazil.

    View All Modules Here

    The programme comprises of a total of 90 credits with 60 credits of taught modules and a 30 credit thesis. The core modules focus on research design skills, methodology, and field-based research in Vietnam or Brazil. The thesis involves the production of a piece of original research (of around 15,000-20,000 words) supervised by members of the School academic staff.

    • Semester 2 study abroad opportunities are also available with partner universities in Vietnam (Hanoi University, University of Social Sciences and Humanities) and Brazil (Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). 

    Please note the curriculum is subject to a year by year review and the modules may or may not be available in any given year.

    Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

    • Applicants should have a minimum of an upper second class honours (2:1) degree or international equivalent at bachelors level in any academic field, with a preference for fields of study related to your chosen stream.

    • Relevant professional or voluntary experience may be considered as part of the application process

    • Good academic grades (your transcript should include grades for each subject taken).
    • Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation. At least one of these should be a member of academic staff at your current institution.
    • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
    •  Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/ 

     

    “Having a strong sense of how the globalised world works and being cognisant of the geopolitical implications of events is knowledge that I gained in my degree that is vital to the work I do today. Studying geography in UCD provided me with the perfect set of skills in critical thinking; analysis; team work; problem solving and research to underpin my later studies in humanitarian action and in international law and continues to influence how I approach both my career and continued learning”.

    Louise Sarsfield-Collins, International Humanitarian Law Advocacy Officer with Irish Red Cross

    The following entry routes are available:

    MSc Development and the Global South FT (W445)
    Duration
    1 Years
    Attendance
    Full Time
    Deadline
    Rolling *
    MSc Development and the Global South PT (W446)
    Duration
    2 Years
    Attendance
    Part Time
    Deadline
    Rolling *

    * Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised