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International Development MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

International Studies Development Politics Development Economics

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

This course attracts students from a variety of backgrounds. It will develop your professional skills in development research and practice.

You'll go on a unique placement-based dissertation that combines work experience with academic research. You'll also carry out hands-on research during an overseas field class.

Our graduates have gone on to work for a wide variety of organisations, including the World Bank, the British Red Cross, UNDP, WildAid, World Vision and Save the Children.

This MA draws on our research strengths and internationally-recognised expertise in the areas of social and environmental justice, rural and urban development, governance, citizenship and sustainability. Our teaching involves industry and sector specialists, which means you can make connections and contacts with a global network of expertise beyond the University.


There are seminars, lectures, workshops, reading groups and independent study.


We use a variety of assessment methods, including research reports, policy briefs and oral presentations. We'll help you develop a core set of communication skills tailored to the international development sector.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module provides students with a detailed understanding of the complexities of completing robust and reliable research for development. Starting from a critical grounding in methodological approaches and theories, the module develops insights and understandings of the particularities and practicalities of ‘doing’ development research, including strategies for working across cultural, language and other differences.

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

You’ll need a good 2:1 or first-class honours degree in an area of the social sciences or medicine.