International Development

International Development is a new subject choice for students for 2022.

Why Chooses this Subject?

  • If you want to impact the lives of those living in developing countries, this course is for you.
  • International Development is an interdisciplinary subject combining themes of Rights and Equality, Sustainable Development, Business Development, Policy and International Development Practice.
  • Over the next 10 years the government will double its expenditure on development projects to €30 billion, meaning there will be demand for graduates.
  • Students will have an opportunity to engage in a work placement.

Year One Modules

Year 1 will provide an introduction to key themes of the programme in Development Studies, Human Rights and Sustainable Development.

  • DEV1100 – Introduction to Sustainable Development I
  • DEV1103 – Introduction to International Development
  • HR101 – Introduction to Human Rights I
  • HR102 – Introduction to Human Rights II.

Please note: Students taking this subject won’t be able to take other subjects in groups 1 or 2.

Study Abroad

All students of International Development are highly encouraged to undertake an Erasmus or study abroad exchange. Students undertaking the Languages pathway must spend their third year abroad studying in their chosen language, ideally either in a developing county context or taking modules in development studies ora related area in the foreign language. Students may also apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired in Years 1 and 2 within real-world professional settings, engaging in a range of intensive professional activities while taking part in an internship in a development practice role within an organisation. 

Career Opportunities

The valuable oral and written communication skills, advanced development practice skills, and critical thinking skills that the subject Development Practice will offer students are highly transferrable and sought after by employers in various sectors, including: international development projects; International, National and Regional Development Agencies; Development Consultancies; International Organisations, Foundations, Aid Agencies, Social Enterprises, and Think Tanks; the Public Sector, Civil Service and Diplomatic Corps; and Multinational Technology Companies. This will allow graduates to progress to an exciting variety of careers, including development project management and implementation, policy development, developing don