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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

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

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

Course type

Taught

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 studentswho are either currently working for, or plan to work for, ngos, aid donors,the public service sector, etc.

Modules

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

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£13,050

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£13,050

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

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.

University information

Part of the Russell Group of UK universities, the University of Birmingham has been developing great minds, encouraging challenging debates and pushing the boundaries of innovation and excellence for over 100 years. Over 14,000 students from over 150 countries choose to study at Birmingham, meaning you will be part of a diverse and vibrant community. 40% of this student population are postgraduates. Birmingham understands that you want to...more