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The MSc Communication for Development aims to develop the knowledge and skills to support positive change through communication

Rapid changes in the communication landscape – technologies, communication processes, and communication opportunities – offer new ways to understand and improve livelihoods, poverty reduction, and governance. Understanding how communication can support individual and social change can lead to more effective and dynamic development practice.

Practical applications of communication and development are diverse: they include extension and advisory services, communication and climate change risk reduction, communicating about health challenges, and communication to reduce food insecurity. As issues such as food security, challenging inequalities, supporting the role of agriculture, and addressing climate change challenges are of increasing important on the global development agenda, so too is the role of communication in facilitating, driving, and enabling change.

This master's programme:

  • builds a critical understanding of innovation and communication theory in the diverse contexts of international and local development.
  • strengthens professional competence in the design, planning and management of information and knowledge interventions.
  • provides a focus on practical application of new knowledge and skills to support innovation and change.

Programme specification:

For details of the core modules and structure of the degree, please download the programme specification. Please note, the program specification is subject to change. If you have any questions about changes, please contact us.

For a list of optional modules that may be available to you, please visit the module descriptions page.

For a list of all of our degrees, and information about study within GIIDAE, please see our brochure.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Concepts and practices of communication
  • Participatory interventions in development
  • Theories and practices of development
  • Addressing poverty and inequality
  • Gender and development

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain and policy. Some 96% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements, and research dissertations are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to, please visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae


Visit the Communication for Development MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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