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Global Development and Education MA

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Full time


12 months

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Development Politics Learning / Training Design / Development Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary


This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies – with a focus on the role of education in development.

You will learn about the experiences and viewpoints of people and nations of the Global South regarding development and education issues, as well as the inter-relationships between global, national and local actors.

This programme will enable you to gain advanced insights into strategies, programmes and policies in development and education, including organisations and donors promoting development, and assess the progress made towards key international development and education goals.

In addition, you will analyse both the theories and realities of education in development to understand the different approaches, practices and discourses involved.

Learning and teaching

Modules are conducted through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops. Tutors also provide you with individual advice on written work and you should begin to develop expertise in improving your work through face to face discussion with your tutors, formative assessment and through detailed feedback. You’ll be expected to carry out a good deal of independent, detailed and considered study.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Each module is assessed separately, through assessments that range from long essays to projects and assignments, offering you the opportunity to work in your particular field of interest within each topic area. You will also carry out a dissertation into a research area of your choice.

Career opportunities

You’ll gain a wide range of professional skills on top of your subject knowledge. You’ll have an understanding of project design and management in a development context, as well as being able to analyse quantitative and qualitative data. You’ll be able to construct clear arguments, critically assess different options for action, analyse policy documents, write research reports and give presentations. You’ll also be trained to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations.

Our programme equips you for various career paths. Compatible careers include working in international development agencies, international organisations, governments, politics, NGOs, research organisations, policy making, companies, media, and academia.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in the UK and overseas for a range of organisations including the British Red Cross; the Ministry of Education; Advocacy for All; the British Council; Voluntary Service Overseas and beyond. Many also pursue further study by commencing PhD research.

Throughout the course we will encourage you to seek practical work experience in the international development field, and we will advise you on how to go about it.


Objectives of Module:This module introduces key contemporary debates, theories and practices in international education and development. Students understand the differences between the Education For All and the Millennium Development Goals framework for education, and analyse the value of international target setting. They review critical questions in education and development, including: power and decision-making in policy practices, governance and community participation; perspectives on quality; education?s role in cultural reproduction; educational inclusion and marginalisation; adult literacy from the perspective of New Literacy Studies theorisation; and how education systems can and should respond to situations of human conflict, natural disaster, and human tragedy. Students are encouraged to increase their own reflexivity, and learn to apply analytical skills to identification and comparison of policy and practices in educational development.

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Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or a non-UK equivalent in a social science, humanities or related discipline. Relevant experience will also be taken into account.

Department profile

The School of Politics and International Studies at Leeds brings together research and study in key areas of politics, international relations, global development and security. Our range of high-quality programmes are informed by cutting-edge research and relevant to professional contexts worldwide. As an academic community our shared vision is to investigate, understand, and help shape the ‘politics of global challenges’ to have a real impact...more

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