The MSc International Development Practice offers an interdisciplinary approach to international development theory and practice. Students explore key theoretical concepts in development studies and receive practical training that can be applied in international development roles.
- Targeted at students intending to follow a career in international development
- Combines exploration of key theoretical concepts in development studies with training in skills used by development practitioners.
- Provides a substantial introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods for assessing development programmes.
- Interdisciplinary approach means you can explore a range of methodological approaches.
- Your summer research project can – subject to availability – be undertaken in collaboration with an external organisation involved in development practice.
The MSc in International Development Practice emphasises practical skills which will be of particular value if you are looking to develop a career in international development.
Specific attention is paid to training in data methods – familiarising postgraduates with the ways in which quantitative and qualitative data methods can be used to understand and improve the effectiveness of development programmes.
Practical components are, in part, taught through hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced development practitioners. The degree also features discussion of different careers in international development and a literature-based exploration of identity and development work.
Additionally, the summer research project has a strong practical focus. Subject to availability, projects may be undertaken in collaboration with an organisation involved in development work – allowing students to gain first-hand professional experience.
The degree is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character and involves academic staff from a number of different Schools. The interdisciplinary approach means that you can explore a range of methodological approaches and use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate development studies questions.
The MSc degree is a one-year full-time programme. Students complete one core module in Semester 1 (September to December) and a second core module in Semester 2 (January to June). Students take one or two optional modules in each semester.
The period from June to August is used to complete the summer research project.
The MSc degree involves both independent and group study, and teaching methods include:
- practical exercises.
Most modules are assessed through coursework including written assignments, case study exercises, and presentations.
Further particulars regarding curriculum development.