Post Graduate Training

The UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy is home to almost 40 graduate research students from disciplines across the social sciences, health sciences and business. These students have research space in the Institute while they work under the supervision of professors or lecturers in one of UCD's Schools.  If the supervisor is a member of UCD Geary Institute, the student is then affiliated to UCD Geary Institute and may be based at the Institute during the duration of the PhD programme.

More about UCD Graduate Studies

In addition to being the host for a wide range of graduate student work, the Institute is closely involved in a number of doctoral education initiatives. These include:

PhD in Complex Systems and Computational Social Science (CSCS) was launched in early 2009. The programme is an innovative collaboration of research groups at Geary Institute and CASL and the Schools of Business, Computer Science and Informatics, and Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering. 

PhD and Master of Public Policy 

Public policy making has become more challenging in recent years in the context of the increasing complexity of clients’ needs, growing expectations regarding appropriate service quality and diminishing public spending in many countries. The Master of Public Policy is specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to meet these challenges.

We examine the socio-economic changes and political issues which influence policy making, the challenges associated with effective regulation and administration of public services and ensuring that policy decisions are evidence based. If you are interested in public policy research you can take a number of specialist modules on this issue. We also provide a number of optional streams which will enable you to examine different policy fields in depth.

The TCD-UCD Masters degree in Development Practice (MDP) 

Established in 2009 following recommendations from the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice, the Global Masters in Development Practice (MDP) is a world-leading and uniquely innovative interdisciplinary graduate degree programme that blends health, natural, social, and management sciences--combined with cross-sectoral field training and professional local and international work-based placements to better understand international development problems and best practices.

The Dublin MDP is a member of this global network of Master’s in Development Practice, headquartered at Columbia University, New York, linking with over 30 universities and hundreds of partner organisations worldwide.

The two-year fulltime Masters in Development Practice encompasses an integrated theoretical and practical approach with multidisciplinary training in four “pillars”- health, natural, social, and management sciences. Eighteen core academic modules (link) provide rigorous training across the core pillars, complemented by masters level training in research design, methodology, and methods including training in leading edge quantitative, qualitative, and digital tools and techniques. The programme includes four work-based placements (link) which provide hands-on practical experience for students, both in International Development NGOs and International Intergovernmental Organisations. This programme aims to create a new generation of development practitioners with the skills to implement and manage comprehensive approaches to sustainable and efficient development.

The Dublin MDP is a joint degree led by the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) School of Natural Science and University College Dublin (UCD) School of Politics and International Relations, and delivered by staff from all faculties across the universities, in collaboration with leading scientific researchers, and national and international organisations with specialist skills.

Interview with Professor Patrick Paul Walsh, Geary Institute, Course Director of the TCD-UCD Master's in Development Practice (MDP) program can be seen here at this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36KIp31R68M&feature=related

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