UCC Adult courses

Development and Global Human Rights Studies - Dip

Course Fact File
Duration2 years
Teaching ModePart-Time
NFQ LevelLevel 7
NFQ Award TitleMinor
Fees€990 per academic year See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing DateTo be confirmed
Next IntakeTo be confirmed

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Start DateTo be confirmed

Course Outline

Programme is currently underview and new details will be updated as soon as possible.

The Diploma in Development and Global Human Rights Studies is an interdisciplinary programme aiming to provide a critical and theoretical understanding of the issues, processes and institutions central to global poverty, inequality and development. This course is designed for adults who have an interest in global development and human rights issues, as it provides a unique experience of the realities of working in those fields It may also appeal and be of relevance to members of the international communities in Ireland. It provides a broad theoretical grounding in key socio-economic areas, and a set of generic transferable skills, that will be valued by employers in many fields, particularly those with an international orientation.

The programme's core modules introduce the student to key debates that have shaped thinking on international poverty and development, and will equip them with knowledge of the conceptual and theoretical bases of development. The aim is to enable the students to participate critically in debates on the changing nature of the multilateral, bilateral and nongovernmental institutions designed to address development issues, the context in which they operate and the constraints they face.

This programme involves modules with different credits, as for each year we have six modules with 5 credits each. In total, we have 12 modules with 60 credits in total. 

DDGHRS includes 12 modules that cover a wide range of topics, and introduce students to provide a critical and theoretical understanding of the issues, processes and institutions central to global poverty, inequality and development.

Course Practicalities

Students who will complete the two years programme and wish to continue their studies in UCC, they will allowed for 5 credits exemptions in the School of Applied Social Studies, and more credits in the Department of Food Business and Development.

2 years part-time. The programme will be run one night per week [Thursday 7.00pm - 10.00pm] over a two-year period, with some full-day sessions on Saturday.


UCC - This diploma can be provided in other locations by request from interested groups


There are no formal written examinations, all work is evaluated on a continuous assessment basis. This incorporates a range of learning techniques including essays, a journal of learning and a case study analysis and research project.

Who teaches this course

Staff from ACE (Adult Continuing Education), School of Applied Social Studies, Department of Food Business and Development, Department of Sociology and other related departments.

Why Choose This Course

Students who will complete the two years programme and wish to continue their studies in UCC, they will allowed for 5 credits exemptions in the School of Applied Social Studies, and more credits in the Department of Food Business and Development.

Areas of employment may include:

  • Equal opportunities / equality advisory
  • Research and Education
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Journalism and Information sector
  • Social and Health sector


  • Normally, applicants will be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application.
  • Applicants who have appropriate training and experience, but who are not yet 21 years, may be deemed suitable by the selection committee.
  • English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.
  • Candidates who successfully complete First Year may opt not to proceed to Second Year and may exit the programme with a Certificate in Development and Global Human Rights Studies.

Diploma programmes are offered subject to a minimum number of eligible applicants registering for the programme. Following completion of year 1 of this programme, should a sufficient number of eligible students not wish to progress form year 1 to year 2 of this programme as to make the year 2 viable, students will graduate with a certificate at that point. Programme viability is determined by reference to fee income and applicable costs in running the programme.

Fees and Costs

€990 per academic year

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.

How To Apply

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

Should you have any queries on this, please contact Programme Coordinator Dr Rola Abu-Zeid O Neill at r.aoneill@ucc.ie 

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]


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