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Full time | Institute of Development Studies | 1 year | SEP-22

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP-22

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Sociology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Poverty reduction is the ultimate measure of development effectiveness. Gain the knowledge and skills to engage professionally with the design, implementation, and assessment of national and international efforts to reduce poverty in this Masters in Poverty and Development.

Through an interdisciplinary lens, you’ll gain a sound understanding of the main theories of development and poverty reduction in development, and a solid grounding in the concepts and skills needed to engage in debates on poverty and development.

Who is the degree for?

We welcome applicants with a broad range of career trajectories. Successful applicants will have some practical experience in development alongside an interest in critical academic enquiry. Most MA Poverty and Development students are experienced professionals, having worked in government, NGOs, bilateral and multilateral donor and lending agencies, UN programmes, the private sector, or civil society organisations. Many students join the course after a period of voluntary work or an internship.

Assessment criteria

You’ll be assessed through term papers, coursework assignments, presentations, exams, practical exercises, and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Career opportunities

IDS postgraduates have gone on to work as ministers in national governments, high-level officials in development organisations, civil servants, leaders of civil society organisations and high-profile academics at universities across the world. They are all working to define and solve some of the most pressing global challenges. Some also go on to work in academic research.

Recent IDS students have gone on to jobs including:

  • assistant to child protection, UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)
  • monitoring and evaluation specialist, Aga Khan Foundation Canada
  • consultant, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Some of our graduates have also continued their research as PhD students.

Modules

This module belongs to spring and summer term. This module aims to provides you with a practical introduction to research methodologies and methods. The module will combine practical exercises with structured sessions that introduce different research paradigms and principles of research design, issues around qualitative and quantitative data collection and management, analysis and interpretation, and key debates around epistemology, methodology and ethics.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

9,500

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

18,975

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will have a first or upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree in the social sciences or a related subject, and preferably one year of policy or development-related work experience. Applications must be accompanied by a CV and detailed two-page personal statement, explaining why you are applying for the degree and the relevance of your previous experience.