The MSc International Development is both a course in its own right and an umbrella structure that houses a range of more specialised master's courses, each of which explores a key dimension of international development under four broad thematic headings: global political economy, governance and management, poverty and inequality, and the environment.
-Provide rigorous interdisciplinary training to equip you with a critical understanding of the theory and practice of international development. -Provide you with a thorough conceptual framework and the skills necessary to analyse effectively different perspectives on international development. -Provide critical insights into the key strategies, policies and practices currently employed to promote international development. -Develop professionally-oriented skills through optional courses in areas such as policy analysis, planning and managing development, and poverty reduction. -Provide a wide range of options for advanced training in areas of specialist expertise relevant to international development. -Develop advanced competencies in transferable areas, including developing reasoned arguments, gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources, undertaking both team-based and independent work to deadlines, and both written and verbal forms of communication. -Assist you in developing your specialist area of expertise within international development, and applying your understanding and skills through supervised individual research culminating in a dissertation.
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.
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 (GDI) has trained over 7000 individuals from 170 different countries.
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 this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided.
Recipient: University of Manchester
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