International Development Practice (MSc) 2020 entry
On the MSc in International Development Practice you will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of international development work. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of development questions and concepts as well as learn applied skills needed for development careers.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc).
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full-time; part-time study is not currently offered.
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- The MSc in International Development Practice welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to:
- international relations
- public health
- sustainable development.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
Applications are also welcomed from suitably qualified applicants with degrees in applied fields - such as medicine, engineering, or education - who are interested in developing a career in international development.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £11,420
Applications should be submitted as early as possible and no later than 12 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- A CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
- A personal statement explaining:
- why you have applied for this course
- how it relates to your personal or professional ambitions
- how your academic and professional background show you have the skills needed to work effectively at postgraduate level.
- Two original signed academic references on headed paper.
- Academic transcripts and degree certificates.
- Evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
Each semester is organised around compulsory modules exploring international development theory and practice
- International Development Studies: introduces key questions and concepts in development studies, providing a comprehensive overview of the field.
- Working in International Development: explores development practice and applied skills needed in development roles.
All students will normally complete an optional module in quantitative methods (semester 1) and an optional module in qualitative methods (semester 2). These modules provide training in data methods and complement the compulsory modules.
Alongside the compulsory modules and the data methods modules, you will complete one or two other optional modules in each semester. Optional modules allow you to shape the degree around your own personal and professional interests.
Optional modules are expected to be offered in the following areas:
- sustainable development
- gender studies
- health and development
- managing non-governmental organisations.
You can also take the field methods in conservation and eco-tourism module - a week-long residential field skills module hosted in conjunction with AfriCat at the Okonjima Nature Reserve in Namibia. An additional fee is payable for this module which takes place over the spring break.
Optional modules in other areas may be possible subject to availability and agreement.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and may require a minimum number of students to be offered (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
The final module of the MSc is the research project. The project takes the form of a period of supervised research where you will explore a development topic in depth. Students are encouraged to undertake their project in collaboration with an organisation involved in development work.
You can choose to present your research project as:
- A policy report that emphasises your ability to critically assess development policy and make convincing recommendations for policy changes, or
- A multi-media portfolio that emphasises your ability present development concepts in exciting and engaging ways.
If students choose not to complete the project requirement for the MSc, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PG Cert or PGDip instead of an MSc.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.