What will I learn?

The aim of this programme is to address an observed gap in rural specialist knowledge and training that can identify future planning needs and challenges and respond in a critical and reflexive way with innovative and alternative practical strategies, policy narratives and theoretical perspectives to those that have tended towards reactive, predictive and low-impact intervention in this dynamic sphere of development and change. The programme aims to produce graduates who are aware of the complexities of rural issues, the associated innovation and planning processes and the implications for sustainable development at the level of the local place as well as at national and international scales. It aims to produce graduates who are confident in their identification of professional selves in rural innovation planning and futures planning; this means that on completion of this programme their belief in the vital importance of the rural to future sustainable development, and in their professional responsibility and capacity to advance its interests, will be assured.

Its objectives include providing students with specialist knowledge and training that will prepare them to:

  • Identify future planning needs and challenges and respond to these challenges in a critical and reflexive way.
  • Propose innovative and alternative practical strategies, policy narratives and theoretical perspectives to those that have tended towards reactive, predictive and low-impact intervention in this dynamic sphere of development and change.
  • Have confidence in their identification of professional selves in rural innovation planning and futures planning.
  • Evaluate the vital importance of the rural to future sustainable development.

Course Outline

The programme is offered as a full time graduate course delivered over 1 year and 3 semesters, directed primarily at graduates from the Social Sciences and related disciplines who wish to further their knowledge and ability to impact on future rural processes, policy and practice at the strategic place-based level. It is divided into 7 modules; 3 in semester 1 (10 ECTS credits each), 3 in semester 2 (10 ECTS credits each) and 1 in semester 3 (30 credits). The format for these modules is a combination of class-based and field-based activities using methods such as role play, class debates, group and individual presentations, peer review, online MCQs and quizzes, surveys, focus groups, interviews, mapping exercises and feasibility studies. The semester 3 module constitutes an independent project that can be based on a range of formats including dissertation, research report, and portfolio development. It also includes elements of professional development that include CV and interview preparation, and training in data visualization and presentation. Assessment is based on continuous assessment, of both individual and group work.

Future career prospects

Graduates of this programme will be able to consider careers in a number of areas dealing with rural innovation, development and planning, including the following sectors:

  • Government Departments.
  • Public Service Organisations.
  • Local Tourism and Heritage Organisations.
  • Local Development Organisations.
  • International Aid Organisations.

Further study opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be able to continue their studies to PhD level in a range of disciplines at NUI Galway.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts Social Sciences and Celtic Studies

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€16,216.00 (US$ 18,309) per year
EU Fees: €6,716 p.a. (Tuition: €6,576, Student levy: €140)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

5 September 2022

Venue

National University of Ireland, Galway

University Road,

Galway,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Second Class Honours in a Level 8 (bachelor’s or equivalent) engineering degree in a related discipline from a recognised university or third-level college, with substantial elements of energy, mechanical, electrical and/or civil engineering. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

For international students

A Level 8 Degree with a standard of H2.2 overall, with H2.1 in a relevant discipline.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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  • Excellent reputation for teaching excellence and research
  • Exceptionally high graduate employment rates
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