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International Development: Globalisation, Trade & Industry - MSc

Course Description

This coherent, interdisciplinary and applied course examines the rapidly transforming global economy. The changing dynamics of cross-border, trade, finance and labour are fundamentally affecting how developed and developing countries relate to each other. This course will convey to you a variety of analytic perspectives on contemporary issues relating to globalisation, international trade policy, industrial development, and their development consequences.


-Provide critical insights into different theoretical and inter-disciplinary perspectives on the political economy of globalisation, trade policy dynamics, and industrial development within the wider context of global development strategies.
-Develop the analytical skills of students in critically evaluating and engaging with distinct and cutting edge theoretical frameworks that help shape understanding of global value chains and global production networks and their implications for trade dynamics, industrial and trade policies, firm strategies and labour, social and environmental outcomes.
-Provide an understanding of the relationship of globalisation to economic, political and social asymmetries of development at global, regional, national and local scales.
-Provide an appreciation of the policy issues associated with globalisation, trade and industry and their impacts including insights into the key strategies, policies and practices currently employed by leading public and private policy actors in the global South, prominent international agencies as well as private sector and civil society actors.

Special features

An overseas field visit is an integral part of the programme. The cost of the visit is covered by the course fee. Recent fieldtrip locations have included Uganda, Bulgaria, Ghana, Sri Lanka and India.

Countries to be visited may change their immigration and visa regulations at short notice. We cannot guarantee that where visas are required for the field course, they will be granted. Planning will ensure that, in the unlikely event this occurs, affected students are not academically disadvantaged.

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 27 months. There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, therefore if you are considering taking a programme on a part-time basis, you should discuss the requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer to have the relevant time off. Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

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.

Career opportunities

This course will prepare you for employment in a range of development-related fields, including research, policy and practice. A wide range of transferable skills will be developed, including analytical and professional skills. Many of our alumni have gone onto careers in public service, the NGO/charitable and private sectors at national and international levels, 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 Global Development Institute has trained over 7000 individuals from 170 different countries.

Visit the International Development: Globalisation, Trade & Industry - MSc page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Student Profiles

IDPM Development Economics and Public Policy Bursary - 2 Awards

The awards are for the 2009-10 academic year, commencing in Spetmebr 2009 and cannot be deferred.Academic requirementsBachelors degree with Second Class Honours, Upper Division or above, or Overseas equivalent (please contact School for details of International equivalencies)
Applicants whose first language is a language other than English must achieve 7.0 or above in IELTS or an equivalent test (TOEFL) Nationality restrictions
This funding is available to all nationalities.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Institute for Development Policy & Management (IDPM) at the University of Manchester is pleased to announce two bursaries for study on one of the following Master's programmes in Development Economics and Public Policy:Msc Development Finance
MSc Globalisation and Development
MSc Industry, Trade & Development
MA International Development: Public Policy & Management

Application Procedure

Applicants must have submitted a complete application by the closing date of 30 June. Applicants should mark in the funding section of the application form that they wish to be considered for the bursary and incle a covering letter with their application. Applicant should apply for their chosen programme online via the University's online application form, further details of which can be found at the following link: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with a minimum of classification of Second Class Honours Upper Division (2:1) or its international equivalent. Admission of candidates who do not meet the criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided.

Last Updated

27 April 2017

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