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MSc/PGDip International Development by distance learning

MSc/PGDip International Development by distance learning

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Development Politics Development Economics International Studies Learning / Training Design / Development

Course type


Course Summary

Our MSc in International Development by distance learning course will provide you with an understanding of the evolution of thinking and practice in international development over the last fifty to sixty years.

The core module on the International Development by distance learning course aims to familiarise you with the key concepts (eg development and poverty) and theories (eg modernisation, dependency, neo-liberalism and the ‘crisis’ in development theory) and with the changing roles of international development organisations and states in promoting international development (eg through aid, trade and fiscal, monetary and social policies).

The emphasis throughout will be on encouraging you to reflect critically on what has worked well or not and why. You will select five optional modules (at 20 credits each) based on your individual interests and career aspirations.

Career opportunities

This programme tends to recruit students who are either currently working for, or plan to work for, NGOs, aid donors, the public service sector, etc.

Duration: MSc: 2 - 4 years; Postgraduate Diploma: 18 months - 4 years


The module is designed to give you a solid introduction to the key aspects of the topic that will serve as the analytical basis for much of the rest of your studies. A number of the issues are dealt with in more detail in other modules. After an introductory session, you will explore theories of development in historical context from (roughly) 1945 up to the present. The theories are then applied to contemporary development approaches and issues. Throughout, the emphasis is on you developing a critical understanding of the evolution of development theories over the last half century and its implications for present day thinking about development.

Tuition fees

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International fees
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Entry requirements

An upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US Grade Point Average is 3.2) or A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent work experience. Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate’s work experience can also be taken into consideration.