International Relations and Development (Level 5)

This innovative course offers students the opportunity, to develop their understanding of current global development issues and challenges. It examines the interactions and relationships between state and non-state actors within the global political/economic community. Students also explore the role of international institutions in international relations and development.

It provides students with the theory and practical skills for a career in the development sector, working in non-governmental agencies or voluntary agencies.

Ireland’s Aid is delivered through the government aid programme, Irish Aid, as well as through many non-government organisations such as GOALTrocaireSelf-Help Africa and Concern. Graduates of this course will be well-equipped to work in global development agencies and organisations in the areas of fundraising, publicity, advocacy and development.

The course is designed for both the school-leaver and the adult learner who has an interest in pursuing a career or further studies in global development.

The following websites may be of interest for more information on International Aid & Development courses:; ; and

  • QQI Certificate in Business Studies (5M2102) – NFQ Level 5
  • Certification Awarding Body: QQI
  • Award Title: Certificate in Business Studies
  • Award Code: 5M2102
  • Level: 5 – Further Education & Training

Please note the above course descriptor is subject to change.

A minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.


Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 qualifications.

The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be
considered as being equivalent to the Leaving Certificate.

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

  • Global  Development Issues
  • Applied Economics
  • Political Studies
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Word Processing
  • Internet

Disclaimer: The college reserves the right to make any alterations to any programme as might be required. Where there is insufficient enrolment a course may be cancelled.

For information on all relevant higher education links visit , and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions. Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit

Full-time Courses:

  • DCU – BA (Hons) International Relations -DC231
  • UCC – BSc (Hons) International Development -CK214
  • UCD- BSocSc Social Policy & Sociology – DN750
  • UCD- BSc Sustainability- DN240
  • South East Technology University (SETU) – Ballsbridge College has a progression agreement with SETU linking this course’s QQI award (5M2102) to a range of WIT degrees. Please see

Ibitola DanielWhen I left school, I knew I wanted to study something concerning liberal arts but couldn’t quite figure out in what direction I wanted to go in terms of my third level studies. This course was the only one I could find that had I direct link to what I was interested in studying in university. Modules like Global Development, Applied Economics and Political Studies were modules that I couldn’t find in other courses, or other places simply didn’t offer.

The tutors at Ballsbridge were very knowledgeable and made the content comprehensible and intelligible. I always found them approachable and cordial. In the library there were many resources for International Aid and Development that helped me with my assignments. The way the modules are graded allowed me to build the ability to work independently and critically and decisively think for myself.

During my year in Ballsbridge College, we covered everything thing from the colonisation of Africa in Global Development to International Trade in Applied Economics and different political ideologies in the Political Studies module. I’m really glad I made the decision to study the International Aid and Development course at a Ballsbridge College as it made me certain that I wanted to progress onto third level education and further my understanding in this area. It has provided me with a great foundation and strong background in Liberal Arts so I am now entering UCD) with confidence as I begin my degree in Social Sciences.”  

Ibitola Daniel, International Relations and Development 2020, progressed to BSc. Social Sciences, UCD

I chose Ballsbridge College because is the only further education institute in the country that offers the specific course I was interested in. While I was there I received an extremely well rounded educational experience. A wide range of supports are provided to all students to ensure you get the most you can out of your education.

The faculty and staff are all extremely friendly and you feel very comfortable approaching them with whatever problems that may arise. Over the course of my learning I felt like I really developed my abilities and self confidence. Ballsbridge College helped me foster skills that will be incredibly valuable as I progress in my career.”  

Sinead Whelan, International Relations and Development graduate 2021, progressed to Politics & International Relations, UCD

The level of support and guidance I received from the course tutors and academic staff during the year influenced my decision to continue and pursue a degree in International Relations at DCU. During my time at Ballsbridge College I gained invaluable experience, developed academic skills and confidence essential to progress to third level education.

The course tutors were supportive and encouraging throughout the year. The course offered a diverse range of modules, so you can explore a specific area of interest. The personal assessments and tutorials throughout the academic year were helpful. I would highly recommend the course.”  

Sophie Mahood, International Relations and Development graduate, progressed to International Relations, DCU

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