This programme provides students with the skills of applying different approaches to the collection, analysis and presentation of data as well as in critically evaluating specific issues of development, and gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources. It provide skills in identifying, investigating and justifying possible solutions to problems arising out of the theory and practice of economic development. These also include competency in developing a reasoned argument, critically considering data sources and defending different approaches. It is aimed at developing the capability to employ appropriate quantitative research methods.
By the end of this programme, students should have obtained a detailed knowledge of the key issues and debates in various aspects of economic development, familiarity with theoretical approaches concerning development problems and an appreciation of the diversity of development policies.
On completion of the programme, students will have acquired the following skills and capabilities: -An ability to critically analyse the techniques and procedures for financial sector development, management and accounting -An ability to apply these techniques and procedures in a professionally competent manner -The ability to undertake independent research, and to present research findings in a form that can be disseminated effectively to users
Coursework and assessment
The taught elements of the programme, carrying 120 credits overall is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (project based reports, essays), involving largely individual submissions, but also elements of group work.
Participants must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice approved by the Programme Directors. Students are encouraged to base their dissertations on topics of direct professional concern to themselves.
This programme is intended primarily for those with experience of international organisations, the public/private sector, NGOs and those involved in policy formulation and implementation, or those intending to pursue a career in the field of development finance.
The Global Development Institute (GDI) has a large and diverse postgraduate population, including a large number of students from outside the UK (85% of our students are drawn from outside the UK, particularly from Africa, Asia and Western Europe, but also reaching out to Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the Pacific). Many of our alumni have gone on to prestigious careers in the public service or in the NGO/charitable and private sectors, as policy officers, managers, consultants or development practitioners - while others have pursued further academic study leading to a PhD and academic careers. Since its foundation, the GDI has trained over 7000 individuals from 170 different countries.