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International Development (by Distance Learning) - MSc

University of Birmingham School of Government

September MSc, PgDip 18-48 months part time

About the course

This programme is designed to provide students with an understanding of the evolution of thinking and practice in international development over the last fifty to sixty years.

The core module aims to familiarise students with 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 students to reflect critically on what has worked well or not and why. Students will select five optional modules (at 20 credits each) based on their individual interests and career aspirations.

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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.

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

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