How can aid workers study without giving up the day job? Your thoughts please.

For a sector that employs a relatively large number of people, the ‘aid business’ often still seems to think small. Getting a job in it is a lottery – very few graduate entry schemes, or other ways to identify and recruit keen and talented people. Instead people are supposed to scrabble their way into jobs by somehow gaining ‘experience’, when jobs nearly always require you to have experience already. Nightmare. See here for some other thoughts on getting a job and here’s a big list of job websites.

Then suppose you’ve got a job, and you want to improve your understanding of development issues through study, either for personal reasons, or as part of improving your job prospects. Tough. The sector Father-working-on-laptop--008seems to give priority to activism over reflection. New arrivals at Oxfam go on a KOO (knowledge of Oxfam) course, but there’s no accompanying KOD (Knowledge of Development). Across the sector, there is very little focus on learning or study, in contrast to say, the medical profession with its requirements to stay up to date on new developments, clinical doctorates etc.

Instead, if they want to study, people often assume they have to go back to college. But many can’t do that – they have kids, responsibilities etc so can’t drop everything and go back to being a full-time student. What options are there for distance learning that enables them to brain up while still paying the bills? I get asked this a fair amount by keen types I come across in Oxfam and beyond, and struggle to answer.

Also, if you want to reflect on your work, link theory and aid/development practice etc, rather than just pursue a purely academic course, where should you go?

I need your suggestions here.

The best course that I know of that ticks both boxes is still the Open University Masters in Development Management. Everyone I know who has done it raves about it, and I’ve used the materials myself in the past. The blurb for the course reads:

‘This MSc is for anyone with a professional and/or personal interest in development and a desire to bring about good change. It addresses the needs both of those who would label themselves development managers, and those, such as engineers, health workers, educationists, agriculturalists, bankers, scientists, who need the capacity to manage development if they are to do their work oulogo-56effectively. It engages with development at all levels, from the local to the global, and is as relevant in rural as in urban contexts. It addresses development in diverse fields, including health and well-being, livelihoods, education, the environment, war and resettlement, infrastructure, with the issues of poverty and inequality running through all. It takes theory seriously; consciously and constantly linking it to practice and policy, looking to enhance the competence of individuals and the capacity of agencies to undertake development successfully.

It is designed for anyone in government, non-governmental organisations, international and inter-governmental agencies and public MOOCand private enterprises, who have responsibility for development interventions, programmes and policies. It is also of value for anyone wishing to move into such areas, or who for personal and/or professional reasons wants to build up a better understanding of the complex processes labelled ‘development’, with a view to managing those processes better.’

But that course has been running for decades. In this world of MOOCs and online everything, I’m assuming there are other courses geared to the needs of mid career aid people who want to dig deeper. Please tell me about them.

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43 Responses to “How can aid workers study without giving up the day job? Your thoughts please.”
  1. Caroline Sweetman

    I know a fantastic MSc in Development and Humanitarian Practice which is done part-time by many students (over two years) in Oxford – at Oxford Brookes University, in its Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) –
    The site says: Founded in 1985, CENDEP is a multidisciplinary centre that brings together aid workers, academics, professionals and practitioners to develop practice-oriented approaches in disaster risk reduction and response, chronic poverty, building urban resilience, conflict transformation, refugee studies and torture prevention.

    The MSc in Development and Humanitarian Practice began running in 1991 and has won awards, but I know how good this course is because each year I spend a couple of days doing gender-focused work with the students as a visiting lecturer – though analysis of inequalities runs throughout the course. When you’re in this position you can get a view of both the teaching and the students and both are really excellent. If I were starting over this is the one I’d go for.

  2. Ryan Gawn

    Thanks for this Duncan.

    I found that MITx’s free MOOC “The Challenges of Global Poverty” was a great refresher, and would highly recommend it (blurb below):

    The second semester of classes began yesterday, so readers still have a chance to sign up!

    Best wishes,


    Blurb: This is a course for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty, and are hopeful that economists might have something useful to say about this challenge. The questions we will take up include: Is extreme poverty a thing of the past? What is economic life like when living under a dollar per day? Are the poor always hungry? How do we make schools work for poor citizens? How do we deal with the disease burden? Is microfinance invaluable or overrated? Without property rights, is life destined to be “nasty, brutish and short”? Should we leave economic development to the market? Should we leave economic development to non-governmental organizations (NGOs)? Does foreign aid help or hinder? Where is the best place to intervene? And many others. At the end of this course, you should have a good sense of the key questions asked by scholars interested in poverty today, and hopefully a few answers as well.

  3. Linda Curry

    I work on distance learning postgrad programmes (both Masters and Postgrad Diploma) in International Development in the Department of International Development at the University of Birmingham. We have been delivering DL for around ten years now and, in addition to offering the straight ID also offer pathways in Conflict, Security and Development and also in Poverty, Inequality and Development. Our students come from all over the world, with many working for DFID, the various UN agencies, small and large ngos, and some who are relatively new to the business.

    Our courses are delivered online (but with hard copy study materials as well as access to an extensive electronic library) and the diverse experience of our student groups adds a richness to the learning which it can be hard to achieve with full time study. They constantly engage online in tutor-led discussion activities and get to know one another quite well whilst they are studying.

    So, I think that distance learning is brilliant. It opens up a world of opportunity for those who would not otherwise be able to study – and it also makes the world a smaller place. But, for me, the most important two words in the world of DL are ‘support’ and ‘flexibility’. That, I think, is the key to success – and that is what we seek to achieve at Birmingham.

    On the subject of MOOCs, the University of Birmingham is part of the FutureLearn consortium which launched its first round of MOOCs in autumn 2013. We are running a short (3 week) MOOC on Cooperation in the Contemporary World on 12 May – so watch out for the trailer on the FutureLearn website. The course will look at how various actors in the developed/developing world cooperate and why. But of course it is only a taster – as a lot of MOOCs provided by UK institutions currently are. There is no ‘qualification’ at the end of it.

    If you are interested what Birmingham has to offer to distance learners do visit the site at It contains some video of students talking about their experience of the programmes.

    (Apologies for the blatant advertising!)

    • Maddie Colin

      Actually, I’m taking that ID MSc distance learning program which Linda mentions at the moment, while working at Oxfam, and would thoroughly recommend it! A colleague took the course full time on the 1 year program and from what she has told me, the distance learning version compares very favorably.

      Thanks Duncan for raising again how difficult it can be to either start or build a career in this sector! As a graduate with no intention of going back to full time study, I found distance learning really was the only feasible option available to give me a fighting chance of progressing.

    • Shouvik Mitra

      Hi Linda, I have also gone through the detail of the various DL course. I have one query, at the end of the succesful completion, what type of certificate do you offer? Is it recognised across the world and specially in India. Being an Indian, I understand that in India we have a hell lot of a snobbery in favour full time programs compared to online/ distance learning program. Waiting for your reply? Thanks in anticipation. I would request you to kindly email me…my email id is

  4. Linda_Margaret

    I like Coursera (free – currently offering a Jeffrey Sachs course in sustainable development here:, which a colleague recommends. I also am starting TechChange (, not too pricey and you get training from those currently ‘in the field’ via Skype/Google hangout options.) Since I work in web, I’ve also already done the Avinash Kaushik ‘Market Motive’ class on web analytics – their strategic, results-oriented approach is relevant to nonprofits as well as for-profits. More here: In fact, they force you, as part of the course, to do an analysis of a non-profit site, paying particular attention to how the web presence supports the goals of the organisation. Pricey but valuable. I also completed and learned a lot from Derek Halpern’s ‘Blog that converts’ online class: I did all my classes while working full-time (and not as a part of my job – all my classes were external to my work time). I’ve appreciated each of them and have used the skills learned in one way or another.

  5. Claire Donner

    I’m currently taking the Birkbeck Msc in Development Studies while working full-time in the sector. Though it does ground itself quite a bit in theory, there are lots of opportunities to make links with practice, particularly if you select modules such as ‘Development Management’. For example I did my last essay on campaigning.

    One of the most valuable things about studying at Birkbeck (which teaches exclusively in the evenings) is that it attracts people with a great deal of ‘real-world’ and professional experience. I think all but a handful of my course-mates work full time, and typically in the development sector. This makes the discussions and debates much more engaging and relevant to practice.

  6. Sally Brooks

    The University of York offers a range of online masters programmes and short courses, designed for those working in or with public services who wish to further develop their skills, capacity and strategic contribution Currently there are 220 students, spanning more than 70 countries, enrolled in these programmes, which includes an MPA in International Development

  7. Audrey

    I thoroughly agree! I’ve changed jobs at Oxfam and my new (ish) job requires me to understand quite a lot about water and sanitation engineering. Not my specialty (I studied art and marketing!!!) so I’ve had to basically research and learn all this myself whilst performing at a new job… Pretty challenging!

    Early January, I started this course from the Wesleyan University.. it was very good and challenging, unfortunately couldn’t keep up with it as got the flu for one week, so I’m gonna have to start again at a later time. But much recommended:

    How to Change the World

    How can we use the things we share in common to address some of the most challenging problems facing the world? This course examines issues concerning poverty, the environment, technology, health care, gender, education and activism to helps us understand better how to initiate positive change.

    About the Course

    How to Change the World has its origins in the Social Good Summit held at the 92nd Street Y in New York. The summit brought together some of the world’s most creative entrepreneurs, writers, academics and political leaders to discuss ways innovative thinking and technology can address pressing global challenges. Beginning from talks, panels and conversations from the summit, we will add lectures, on-line discussion groups, hangouts and readings to explore the issues in politics, technology and the environment in broader academic and historical contexts. We will then discover together what actions we can take to make a difference.

    Course Syllabus

    How to Change the World examines how we can develop “social goods” and use them to create networks of progressive change. Classes will explore the meaning of “social goods” and then address the following topics: Poverty and Philanthropy; Climate Change and Sustainability; Women, Education and Social Change; Social Networks, Education and Activism. Each week will be structured along the following questions: 1. What do we know? 2. Why should we care? 3. What can we do?

    At the end of the class students should have a clearer understanding of these global issues, and they should develop strategies for working with others to begin to address them. Our aim is simple and bold: to put together the facts, the energy and the actions to make a real difference in addressing some of the major problems confronting the world today.

    Course Syllabus

    Week 1: What are Social Goods? From the Commons to Moral Revolutions

    Week 2: Poverty, Prosperity and Aid

    Week 3: Climate Change and Sustainability

    Week 4: Disease and Global Health Care

    Week 5: Women, Education and Social Change

    Week 6: Education, Social Networks and Activism

  8. Johanna Stratmann

    After five years in the sector, and having worked mostly on poverty eradication in sub-Saharan Africa, and next to what I’ve picked up during trips and country-focused policy work, I feel more and more the need for a more systematic understanding of the continent’s history, contemporary politics (incl. regional integration) and culture – and how all this impacts development

    I hold a degree in European studies and found it always helpful in my policy and advocacy work within Europe. Now that I’m about to move to Zambia for two years, I’ve been looking for an online course in African studies, but haven’t found anything convincing yet. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

  9. Lucy Morris

    Last week I stumbled upon the ‘Learning Technologies 2014 Conference Backchannel’ here: which has a link to a presentation on ‘Open Badges’ I wonder if NGOs will start to accredit independent learning using a ‘badge’ system in the future?

  10. Andrew Dorward

    SOAS (University of London) runs a range of postgraduate distance learning programmes that are studied by development professionals around the world (see Programmes are provided from three centres – in Environment, Development and Policy; in Financial and Management Studies; and in International Studies and Diplomacy.
    Students enrolled with the Centre for Environment, Development and Policy (see can take MSc’s, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates in Poverty Reduction Policy and Practice, Sustainable Development, Managing Rural Development, Environmental Management, Agricultural Economics, or Environmental Economics. There is considerable flexibility as regards timing and optional modules, and component modules can also be studied separately as Individual Professional Awards. In addition, people who do not have the normal academic qualifications for entry to a UK MSc programme but have relevant professional experience can enrol initially for an individual module or postgraduate certificate, with successful performance allowing the transfer of their registration to a full MSc.
    Students are provided with an electronic study guide and paper based readings and textbooks, and are encouraged to engage with online discussions with tutorial support. These programmes build on 25 years’ experience in postgraduate distance learning, with around 1,500 students in almost every continent (no-one in Antarctica just now, as far as we are aware!).
    Postgraduate distance learning is hard work, but a great way to combine learning and practice in one’s career. Like Linda, my apologies for blatant promotion, but there is a great range of distance learning programmes available across different institutions and topics, offering both education and qualifications at the same time.

    • Linda Curry

      I agree, Andrew, about there being a range of courses out there. If you are looking for postgrad qualifications there are search engines like a And, of course, MOOCs can provide great taster courses for free. Some MOOC providers offer some form of credit (for a fee); but you can still pick up the freebies if you just want to update skills or acquire the start of some new ones.

      At the end of the day, it is important to look at the course content, judge how flexible the programme is going to be to your particular circumstances, and ask the all important question ‘What support will I get – tutor, pastoral, day-to-day admin?’. If you are enquiring with an institution you should also feel free to ask if they can put you in touch with either a current student on the programme or one of their alumni. It’s good to hear what others’ experience of the course has been and you are going to be investing a lot of time and money so it is important to make the right choice.

  11. Audrey

    There’s also this:
    Online Course on Essentials of International Humanitarian Law
    The first of these courses consists of 15 sessions focusing on the Essentials of International Humanitarian Law, building on ten years of legal and policy research in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University, as well as other key research centers. Using the latest interactive online platform available, it also aims to provide an enriching interactive learning experience for humanitarian professionals based around the world. This online course has been developed as a complement to the Advanced Professional Trainings on Humanitarian Law and Policy, providing brief introductions and highlighting the key concepts that are explored in depth in the onsite Core Professional Trainings on Humanitarian Law and Policy.

  12. Elisa Martinez

    I know this isn’t really what you’re looking for, but in fact, after earning a Master’s (development policy) and then working 12 years at CARE, I felt I simply needed a bigger break step away from the game than I could do while still being in it. I entered a PhD program in sociology, fully funded, and while it hasn’t been easy (aid workers need to stop complaining about low salaries and long days, until they try living on a grad student stipend), it has been transformative in many ways.

    I’m not going to lie – in many ways, the program is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, mostly because it all depends on me. But if you have (and you should have) deeper doubts about why all the good effort you see in our sector doesn’t seem to generate the kinds of changes it purports to pursue, but are having a hard time getting perspective, this might just do it. If you also happen to see a gap in what is available in the literature about Aidland, and think you might want to fill it, you may write one of the very few theses that actually gets read by people in the real world! And, finally, it’s a chance to alter the pace of your hyperwarp life, and to live more fully in a community where people don’t know anything about RBAs, TOCs, or Censemaking, but who are practicing politics and futures positive in their own ways – via local activism, organic farming, and all those other things you don’t have time for!

  13. Hugh

    Thanks for raising this Duncan. Some suggestions:

    The SOAS distance courses are apparently very good.

    If you are looking for a masters programme that you can do whilst working full time but still get some time in the classroom then there are some interesting modular options. These require some source of funding (they’re not cheap!)and leave or time off for the face to face modules.
    Here are two options focused on public policy – one at the University of Cape Town and another at London School of Economics.

    I would be interested to know what subject area your readers think is most useful to study at post-grad level for the international development or international charity sector. With the exception of specialist humanitarian work, I can’t help but think that traditional development studies training was suited for the old aid paradigm and is not so relevant now. Better to invest in learning about public policy (e.g. Health Policy), economics, trade policy, international tax law or something similar?

  14. Ian Attfield

    Completed an early MSc out of Birkbeck College in 98-2000 whilst working in
    Cambodia, to avoid losing pay and job prospects. Still seems a good choice 15 years on. Also tried the eDX MOOC mentioned above.

    A challenge now is to identify courses that are worthwhile, recognised as adding value by employers and stretching, based on volume of suggestions above?

  15. Helen Lindley

    I’d highly recommend Coursera and edX. I wanted to strength my stats and quantitative methods skills so have taken:

    Quantitative Methods in Public Health Research
    Stats 101

    Which were great, there are a few others on Coursera as well.

    MIT Open Courseware is also good for dipping in and out of:

    And finally the Gender Violence Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine runs an excellent one week course in Researching Gender Based Violence

  16. LB

    As someone already ‘in the game’, I’m strongly aware of my need to obtain a Masters to be competitive for the next job that I apply for. ‘Problem’ is, I keep getting moved around the organisation, including to different overseas offices. It’s great hands on experience! But academic qualification is also an important factor. I note many excellent correspondence courses listed in the comments section here. Truth be told, I find it a little challenging to adjust to a new country, timezone and culture, and work and study all at the same time. I think my approach will be a six month break to study intensively and get the piece of paper.

  17. Emma E

    I only commenced my development career 2 years ago and at the same time commenced a Master of International Development at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia I’m now half way through and the course offers a flexible delivery mode – distance learning/face to face classes/intensive classes as well as the opportunity to undertake a research project that aligns with my work focus. However in saying that I have been a little disappointed at the limited online/intensive class offering especially over summer semesters in order to be able to complete the course sooner than the 3 years it’s going to take working full time and studying part time each semester. The reason I chose this course over others is that it offers a broad introduction to the development sector but also allows me to choose to study units in which I have a particular interest being health policy and indigenous policy. The teaching staff also have very interesting backgrounds in the development sector and can bring some interesting perspectives to the classes. But with a year and a half left to go it does feel a little overwhelming at times as I feel I can’t really advance in my career without this formal qualification! LB – good luck with your plan, sounds like a good way to go if you are in a position to take a break and study intensively to finish your course.

  18. Noah Brod

    In terms of a course that’s accessible to working professionals, I enjoyed the Development Project Management Institute. It’s a three week intensive program run out of the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

    I am also a student in their Public Administration Master’s program. Within that program there’s track that focuses on NGO administration and development issues. They’re also really flexible to allow for people with jobs to attend. Many of my fellow students are getting their degrees while also being employed.

  19. Katie

    I just finished the Open University MSc at the end of last year and I agree that it’s a great course for those looking for a structured but flexible Masters programme.
    Since then, I’ve been exploring the world of MOOCs. A week ago, I started a Stanford course in International Women’s Health and Human Rights, run by Anne Firth Murray who founded the Global Fund for Women. I’ve greatly enjoyed the first week and highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject matter – it’s not too late to sign up!

  20. Anna B

    I am currently pursuing a Master in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, though it is not an online course, I would highly recommend it.

    Apart from significantly lower tuition fees than in the UK/US (though admittedly living costs possibly higher than in London, depending on your lifestyle), the location of the Institute itself is a major advantage. Many students are able to work at HQs of one of the many NGOs/IOs based in Geneva alongside their studies. As someone who work 40% I can say that this is totally manageable.

    The course itself is well-structured, with the first semester giving a broader overview of Intl. Law, Economics, Political Economy, etc. from the development perspective, and the subsequent semesters being split according to the chosen track: Conflict and Peace-building; Human and Social development; and Environment. You also have the advantage of being taught by many who have worked in and even headed various organisations (this semester for example there is a course on humanitarian action run by the former president of the Red Cross).

    The student body is varied from those with only a few internships under their belt, to those with a decade or more of experience. The Institute therefore is very accommodating to people coming over with families, as well as the younger students. There are also opportunities to spend a semester abroad in a variety of universities across the America, Africa and Asia.

  21. Alice

    I did my masters in international and community development by distance through Deakin University (based in Australia although I never actually went to the campus during my studies):

    If you’re looking for a coursework masters to do whilst working full-time, this can be a good option. Most students seem to be working whilst doing it – in various interesting parts of the globe – so the staff are really understanding when you need extensions, etc.

    After graduating, when I lived and worked in Solomon Islands, I decided to take a unit with the local branch of the University of South Pacific to help me understand more about the context I was working in. I took a 200-level unit, “Contemporary Politics in Melanesia,” through Distance Flexible Mode. I had classmates in different parts of the Pacific (mainly Fiji and Solomons) and a lecturer from Solomons (based in Fiji, with satellite tutorials).

    That really helped me to think through what I was facing / learning in my work, and get peer and academic perspectives from people from that region – which helped a lot. Not a masters degree but a helpful course, for the situation I was in. Others in similar contexts may want to look at what’s offered locally.

    USP link here:

  22. Stuart Denoon-Stevens

    Someone needs to compile these comments into a guide! Here’s my contribution:

    History of Economic Ideas

    Economic Development

    Development Economics

    Challenges of Global Poverty:

    Sustainability for Professionals:

    And the super compendium of MOOCS (where I sourced the above from):

  23. Paul Nichols

    Good thread to open Duncan and interesting comments so far. What strikes me about the responses is that they are all very focused on formal learning and qualifications. Having worked for 27 years in this sector, across NGO, commercial and Government entities, and having just begun a new phase of my ‘career’ at La Trobe university in Melbourne working to establish think tank/do tank on development practice, my reflection would be that qualifications and theory are one thing, but learning by doing, having great mentors, and investing your own time in reflection points (like signing up to speak at a conference and writing an abstract which forces you to put things on paper) are great ways to learn. Also, the formal literature is always a few steps behind the best practice – it is important to find out who is doing great work and try to collaborate and engage with them. Developing a great body of practice over time hones and refines your skills, whether it is in policy development, advocacy or project management. Building in reflection points with colleagues, like weekly seminars, six monthly management reviews, and bringing in experienced consultants to review the work and give advice and direction are all important. All this requires great management, so managers out there commit yourselves to building your teams’ capacities! But staff don’t need to be passive, the best times I’ve had are when staff initiate learning and development and support each other in the effort, then management can get behind it.

    I personally would like to see some reecogition by univeristities of the importance of practice wisdom and practice skills, and then both staff and management could invest in learning in the workplace and be rewarded for it. Other ‘professions’ like Social Work have formal requirements for supervision sessions and on the job learning, why don’t development professionals? Interested in others views on this, and maybe we can get something going from La Trobe!

  24. Kimberly B

    My two cents on a very practical field of study:

    I work for Oxfam and just finished a 2-year (part-time) MSc in Social Research Methods. I work in monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and I found it absolutely complimented my day-to-day work. I studied Development as part of my undergrad and was looking for something quite practical and technical – and the UK doesn’t seem to have much in terms of evaluation courses, but research methods was pretty transferable. In terms of value for money(!), I also think it compared favorably with some of the 1-2 week professional development courses which can cost many hundreds (or thousands) of pounds.

    Because I live in Oxford, I studied at LSE’s Methodology Dept – which unfortunately doesn’t have an online option, and was not in my experience the most part-time-friendly option. (Otherwise, coverage of course topics was great.) I know that’s not incredibly helpful for people outside of London – but my point here was just to give a quick shout-out to this area of study. Worth a look.

  25. Felix Bivens

    Another accredited programme to check out is the MA in Applied Community Change at the Future Generations Graduate School– I teach the research methods component of this programme and find it to be a unique and beneficial combination of online and experiential education.

    It is a 2-year largely online course. However, in addition to the online learning, the curriculum also includes 4 one-month ‘residential’ study programmes during which all of the students in a cohort gather together in one country to study with and learn directly from community-based programmes in different contexts. The residentials for the current cohort include India, Namibia, Nepal and the United States.

    The programme is designed to support community develop workers and other local activists by enabling them to remain active within their home organizations and communities, but with brief learning journeys that provide students the opportunity to see how communities/organizations in other national and cultural contexts are responding to similar issues that they deal with at home. The residentials are also a great space for the participants to share and learn from their colleagues’ work.

    The cost of the programme is discounted for practitioners from the global south.

  26. Tunji

    My name is Tunji Adeleke, a citizen of Nigeria. I need someone to guide as I plan to change my career path though not too different from where I am now. So far, I have always worked with international organizations focusing on Health (esp HIV/AIDS prevention intervention in sub-saharan Africa) despite having my first degree on Political Science and Masters in Project Management while I am currently enrolled at European Centre for International Strategic studies (CERIS) for MA in Governance and Development Policy. Since I started this program it has been awe-inspiring, but I not in a supportive environment where I can learn new things in international development to have hands-on experience or on-the-job training. Please can anyone recommend an organization or website to me? I am keen on leaving where I am to where my heart is: International Development. Also I need to know which area is Int’l development is the right place to start.
    Thanks for your time!

  27. Deirdre Healy

    Readers may be interested to know that Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Dublin offers a range of distance learning opportunities specifically designed for development practitioners/workers.

    MA in Development Studies modules commencing in March 2015 include:

    Gender & Development
    Managing Development Organisations
    Sociology of Development
    Anthropology and Globalisation

    All modules can be taken as single subject modules with academic credit, or as part of taking the full MA or as non-credit modules for professional development purposes

    We also offer short distance education training courses throughout the year including

    Child Protection in Development Practice
    Understanding & Addressing Gender Based Violence
    Sustainable Livelihoods & Poverty Reduction
    Project Management, Governance & Accountability
    Monitoring & Evaluation
    Project Planning and Proposal Writing

    Details of all these courses:- course outlines, course schedule, info on fees etc can all be found on the Kimmage DSC website: or please contact me direct should you have any questions about any aspect of the distance courses at Kimmage DSC.

    Deirdre Healy:

  28. Sukhdev

    Hi – Thanks for the article. I am looking to break into the Development Sector with a focus on poverty reduction and education. Although I have volunteered in related organisations around the world for many years, I have not held a professional position in the field (I have been working in Banking for the past 10 years). I am looking for an MSc which would allow me to expand upon my network whilst also gaining a deep understanding of poverty reduction and education in poorer rural environments in developing countries. I would grateful for any suggestions regarding a potential course. Many Thanks

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