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Development Policy and Politics - MSc


University of Birmingham School of Government

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

The programme is taught by some of the leading thinkers on the relationship between politics and development. You will also benefit from engagement with major research programmes focused on the politics of development based in IDD, including the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre.

It is now clearer than ever before that the greatest development challenges of our time – poverty, conflict, famine, poor governance etc. – are driven primarily by political, not technical, factors. The aim of this programme is to provide theoretical and empirical training to students to enable them to understand the role that politics plays in both facilitating and undermining development, in both the North and the South.

The notion that “politics matters” has increasingly become the mantra of

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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.

Adequate capacity in written and spoken English. Find out more about international entrry requirements.

Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate's work experience can also be taken into consideration.


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