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Full time | Regent Campus | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Development Politics

Course type


Course Summary

Course summary

The Global Development MA offers you an interdisciplinary, practical, skill-based training to become a competent, ethical development practitioner upon graduation.

The programme is structured around three interrelated knowledge areas: development, social justice and sustainability. You’ll learn from four interrelated academic disciplines including political economy, political sociology, international relations and human geography.

Through a selection of core and optional modules on the programme, you’ll cover the fundamental aspects of development theory, identify key issues facing global development, and learn the ethical, political and practical considerations for selecting the approaches to address the challenges.You’ll receive advanced training in research methods and analytical skills, combined with practical skill-based training on problem-solving, collaborative work, and policy analysis.

In addition to classroom teaching, you’ll also take field trips and visits, and interact with professionals in the development sector, applying your knowledge and skills in real-world contexts. This will give valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with global development, and the opportunity to build networks whilst learning.

The course team are committed to offering you a transformational learning experience. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the theories and concepts underlying the ethics, politics and economics of sustainable global development, as well as develop various graduate attributes, professional learning outcomes, key transferable skills and personal progression.


This course offers you a range of exciting and rewarding career opportunities in international development and public policy. After graduating, you’ll be equipped with essential skills and knowledge to work in areas such as research and advocacy, programme management and social communication. The programme has been designed with extensive consultation with employers from the development sector, international organisations and NGOs, and academic organisations, preparing you for a variety of destinations with the focus on policies and practices that can help address key issues in global development.


This module aims to expose you to key frameworks, tools and instruments used in the practice of development; familiarise you with the debates, challenges and controversies on important aspects of development practice; and, offer practical development insights, skills and competencies. You'll explore policy directions and dynamics with attention to the broader questions and challenges of sustainable development.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2).

University information

The University of Westminster is a global institution, hosting one of the most diverse student communities found at UK universities. With over 19,000 students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, together representing more than 160 nations worldwide. This is the university where individuality is encouraged, diversity is celebrated and anything is possible. The university offers student the chance to study at four different campuses, three...more

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