International development seeks to enable a global reduction in poverty and improvement in human health and wellbeing. On the MSc in International Development Practice you will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of international development work.
- Aimed at students intending to follow a career in international development.
- Introduces key topics in development studies, providing a broad-based overview of the field.
- Interdisciplinary character helps you to develop a more rounded understanding of international development questions and concepts.
- Applied components provide a bridge between the theory of development studies and the real-world challenges faced by development practitioners.
- Integrated training programme connects your academic learning with the development of personal and professional competencies.
The MSc in International Development Practice is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character and an emphasis on applied skills that will be of particular value if you are looking to follow a career in international development.
International development is inherently interdisciplinary. On this MSc subject experts from across the University explore how different academic disciplines understand the character and process of international development.
In this way you will engage with critical perspectives on the nature of development and international development strategies. You will be encouraged to develop a more rounded, interdisciplinary understanding of international development questions and concepts and learn how to critically discuss development interventions from multiple disciplinary perspectives.
Optional modules allow you to explore topics such as environmental change, population change, and gender that shape development needs and responses and which will further develop the interdisciplinary character of your studies.
Applied components provide a bridge between the theory of development studies and the real-world challenges faced by development practitioners. You will learn skills commonly needed in international development work and develop your understanding of the nature of development careers.
Particular attention is paid to data methods; you will look at how quantitative and qualitative data can be used to assess development interventions and become confident in critically assessing the evaluation plan of a development initiative. You will learn how to describe and perform tasks undertaken by development practitioners and hands-on practical classes provide training in activities such as budgeting and fundraising. More broadly, you will learn practical skills in explaining development concepts to different audiences and the translation of academic thinking on development into recommendations for policymakers and practitioners.
The MSc also considers different types of international development roles. You will assess your own competencies in relation to these roles as well as learn about some of the personal challenges arising from development careers and ways in which these can be overcome.
The MSc includes an integrated programme of skills workshops that connect your academic learning with the development of personal and professional competencies. Workshops bring together students from other Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies Masters degrees, helping you to make new interdisciplinary connections.
The taught modules are taken over two semesters – September to December (Semester 1) and January to May (Semester 2). The period from June to August is used to complete the end of degree project.
Each taught module will use teaching and learning methods appropriate to its aims. These may include seminars, workshops, lectures, tutorials, and independent study.
Assessment methods used may include essays, reports, presentations, practical exercises, reflective exercises, and examinations.
Further particulars regarding curriculum development.