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International Development (Distance Learning) MSc

International Development (Distance Learning) MSc

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Distance without attendance | Online/Distance Learning | 2 years | JAN-23

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Distance without attendance


2 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course Summary

Keep working toward a better world, and creating a vision of what a fairer, interconnected global community could be, with this interdisciplinary Master's in International Development.

You'll shape your existing passion and knowledge of the sector into the practical tools, strategies and techniques needed by organisations working in international development. You'll explore issues such as colonialism and globalisation, and tailor the course to your interests by choosing modules that focus on the sustainable development goal closest to your heart.

You'll be following a wholly-online distance learning programme, designed to give you control over the pace of your learning. All materials are available on demand as you study with us, with seminars organised around your availability rather than a rigid timetable.

You'll also be on a course that's popular with professionals in the field, so whether you're already working in international development or looking for a first role in the sector, you'll be in a position to build your network with fellow practitioners.

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

You'll be enhancing your skills for roles in international development, whether that means working with a charitable organisation, NGO or, increasingly, a private sector partner in the field. As a graduate of this Master's, you'll be able to demonstrate your skills and commitment to the demanding employers in this competitive strand of international charity work.

You'll have built professional networks and the ability to identify career opportunities during your studies. Your lecturers, career advisors and peers can all offer advice and guidance about entering or progressing in your international development career.


Assemble, manipulate and analyse large quantitative data sets and make useful interpretations from the analysis linking them to major global development issues. Gain a critical awareness of existing large data sets that can be used to analyse trends and patterns on national and international issues.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

University information

The University of Portsmouth is an innovative, research-driven institution with a modern, well-resourced campus which is a fantastic place to study at postgraduate level. The university invests intelligently in its teaching and facilities, delivering an internationally respected curriculum and providing a rich and varied student experience. Portsmouth is renowned in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science, and produces an...more

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