The MSc International Development provides a multidisciplinary social science-based analysis and understanding of international development.
Students undertaking this programme will:
- Conduct a comprehensive review of current issues in international development policy and practice.
- Study a critical in-depth analysis of specific aspects of international development relating to specific areas of interest.
We also encourage diversity of intake in terms of experience, qualifications and interests to stimulate the mutual experience and learning.
This programme has a limited intake of students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.
The excellence of the research undertaken within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences has been recognised by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011.
Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/msc-inte-deve/
- Foundations of international development
- Economics for international development
- Sociology & social anthropology of development
- Policy and politics of developing countries
- Critical skills for international development and policy research
- Academic research skills and dissertation preparation
- Critical issues in social development
- Globalisation & economic insecurity: social policy challenges
- Globalisation 2: political economy of globalisation
- Management of development
- World politics: conflict, security & development
- Sustainable development: natural resources and sustainability
- Wellbeing & human development 2: ethics and public policy
- Wellbeing assessment in public policy and development practice
Students can also study one regional research specialism from South Asia, Africa and Latin Americaas part of an international development extended essay
View Programme & Unit Catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/sp/sp-proglist-pg.html#DB
) for further information.
Learning and teaching
Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the unit assessments, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.
Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.
Methods of assessment
Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects and oral presentations.
We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.
The Social & Policy Sciences department is committed to ensuring that postgraduate students acquire a range of subject-specific and generic skills during their training.
Our graduates generally go on to work in a wide variety of organisations, such as:
- Social research in universities and research institutes, government, business, voluntary organisations and international organisations.
- Public policy analysis at local, national and international levels.
- Public information and campaigning within organisations concerned with wellbeing, sustainability and social justice.
About the department
The Department of Social & Policy Sciences (http://www.bath.ac.uk/sps/
) includes academics from social policy, sociology, social work and international development.
The international excellence of our research (http://www.bath.ac.uk/sps/research/
) was recognised by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011.
We are committed to advancing learning and knowledge through teaching and research. Our Department collaborates with a wide range of users at the local, national, European and global levels.
We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes. Our postgraduate teaching strongly reflects our research and our links to policy-makers and development institutions at the national, European and global level.
Our Department also has an active MPhil/PhD research programme. We take great pride in fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.
We run a lively and well attended postgraduate research seminar series. Each of the Research Centres run seminar series and conferences associated with their research activities. The University of Bath
also has a Research in the World public lecture series where key national and international academics are invited to speak.
Main areas of research
We are an internationally-recognised research-intensive department with a strong focus on policy and practice and a commitment to contribute to social wellbeing and social justice.
We draw together academic staff with backgrounds in Social Policy, Sociology, Social Work and International Development and work closely with colleagues in Psychology, Economics, and Health.
We also have an active and vibrant community of research students (http://www.bath.ac.uk/sps/research/research-students/
) undertaking their own research alongside our academic staff.
Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/
First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university, or, an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience. Minimum English requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components).