Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
- Start date: 6 September 2021
- End date: 30 September 2022
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.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The MSc in International Development Practice welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to:
- international relations
- public health
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.
Wednesday 11 August 2021. 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 2020–2021 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.
The MSc is structured around three compulsory taught modules:
- International Development Studies: explores how different academic disciplines understand international development and critically discusses development interventions from multiple disciplinary perspectives.
- Introductory Data Analysis: provides training in essential statistical concepts and data analysis methods for academic and professional contexts.
- Working in International Development: acts as a bridge between the theory of development studies and the real-world challenges faced by development practitioners; you will learn applied skills commonly needed in international development work and develop your understanding of development careers.
Optional modules allow you to broaden your learning in key topics relevant to the MSc.
The available optional modules will be confirmed before the MSc start date.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
The final part of the MSc is the end of degree project. This takes the form of a period of supervised research where you will explore an international development topic in depth.
Through the project, you will show your ability to undertake sustained critical analysis, develop and improve your research skills, and produce an extended piece of written work that demonstrates a high level of understanding of your area of study.
You can choose to present your end of degree project in one of the following ways:
- policy report that emphasises your ability to critically assess development policy and make convincing recommendations for policy changes
- multi-media portfolio that emphasises your ability to present development concepts in exciting and engaging ways.
If students choose not to complete the project requirement for the MSc, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive 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 PGDip instead of an MSc.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2021 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.