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The MA in European Development Studies is a one-year interdisciplinary degree programme offered within the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Studies at University College Cork. It is coordinated by the Department of Geography and involves major contributions from the Departments of Economics and Food Business and Development, as well as significant inputs from the Departments of Law and History. This programme of study, therefore, brings together a variety of academics who possess expertise on a range of issues that are central for a critical evaluation of developmental trends within contemporary Europe.

Aims and Expected Outcomes
Through a combination of taught courses and personal research, the MA is designed to provide graduates with an in depth analysis of contemporary development within Europe.
The aims of this MA programme are to:
• Enhance the critical intellectual abilities of students regarding contemporary developmental processes operating at a variety of spatial scales within Europe
• Gain a deeper understanding of selected specialist thematic areas which impact on the development process and especially within the context of core-periphery relationships
• Provide students with a range of critical analytical techniques and research methodologies to facilitate the inception and successful submission of a research project
• Provide a high quality, postgraduate training that will help students to acquire vocationally useful skills and qualities, together with an understanding of complex developmental processes which together will provide a good basis for a career in a variety of public, private or non-governmental sectors

By the end of the course, students should be able to:
• Analyse problems and devise workable solutions
• Demonstrate an enhanced appreciation of developmental issues confronting Europe and Europeans
• Work effectively as an individual and as a member of a task-focussed team
• Present findings effectively both in oral and a variety of written forms

The MA in European Development Studies is a one-year Master’s programme comprising taught and research components of equal weighting. It involves contributions from the Departments of Economics, Food Business and Development, Geography and Law. Visiting speakers will also contribute to the programme. The taught component runs from October to March, and students who successfully complete this phase are awarded 45 credits and are allowed to proceed to the research component. This runs from April to September and culminates in students submitting a 25,000 word dissertation. On being approved, this is worth 45 credits.

Part 1 is composed of five taught modules, which are offered in the first two semesters.
ES6001 European Development: Different Meanings to Different Europeans
ES6002 Core-Periphery Relationships in Europe
ES6007 Applied Skills and Data Management
ES6008 Research Strategies
ES6009 Assessing Cohesion within Europe: Case Studies
Part 2 involves a research dissertation of 25,000 words (Module ES6010) and commences following the successful completion of Part 1 at the end of semester two (March). Each student is allocated a research supervisor and the completed dissertations are submitted in September.




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