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International Development with Conflict and Humanitarian Action MSc

International Development with Conflict and Humanitarian Action MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Development Politics Development Economics International Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course develops an in-depth understanding of contemporary development issues, and gain the specialist skills to work in peacebuilding, conflict analysis and humanitarian response. Whether you are a graduate aiming to pursue a development or humanitarian career in conflict-affected regions, or a professional wishing to deepen your knowledge and critical thinking, this course is for you. The course addresses the core global challenges of conflict and humanitarian crisis and explores a variety of tools and approaches for responding in these contexts. Rooted in real-world practical and policy challenges, the course is founded on Bath’s outstanding international expertise in international development. It uses innovative learning approaches to promote in-depth investigation of cases and issues, while drawing links across global, regional, national and local scales. The course offers you the opportunity of a placement-based research project, providing hands-on experience to complement classroom-based learning. Our international development courses provide an excellent grounding for careers in international development, humanitarian action, and working for social, economic and environmental justice in both global North and global South. They provide the core skills required in a range of policy, communication, advocacy, research and programmatic roles. As an alternative to writing a dissertation, you will have the opportunity to undertake a eight-week practicum (work-based project), working with an organisation involved in international development. You'll write a report reflecting on a particular area of professional practice.

Different course options

Full time | University of Bath | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module aims to give students the opportunity to identify a feasible research question and relate it to relevant literature and empirical material; to give students the opportunity to develop a cogent, credible and sustained argument that addresses the research question, and to do this within a fixed time period.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above. To apply for this course they should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as politics, economics, anthropology, international relations, African, Latin American or South East Asian Studies or environmental studies. We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where they have relevant professional experience in international development. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if students can provide evidence of their suitability for the degree. If student’s first language is not English but within the last 2 years, they completed their degree in the UK, they may be exempt from our English language requirements.