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MA Global Development

Course Description

This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies.

You’ll learn about the experiences and viewpoints of people and nations of the Global South regarding development issues, as well as the inter-relationships between global, national and local actors in contested strategies for development.

You’ll also review strategies, programmes and policies in development, including organisations and donors promoting development, and assess the progress made by different development actors towards key international development goals.

You’ll explore debates and controversies at the centre of contemporary development challenges and analyse both the theories and realities of development, to understand the different approaches, practices and discourses involved.

Optional modules will also allow you to specialise in aspects of development that suit your interests.

Visit the MA Global Development page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Simon Manda

1439.jpg I decided to come to POLIS because the MA Global Development fits very well into my work, and my personal aspirations. I have always wanted to become an expert, researcher, and Lecturer in development related issues. The course had everything I wanted. Having done Development Studies at undergraduate level, the course offered me a very flexible transition.

I have a passion for this area of study. I am a product of an underdeveloped society. I have been there and I have lived the experience. Having had a rare chance to go to University, I feel I have a duty to be part of that combined effort aiming at giving a decent life to the marginalised poor. The practicality of the issues discussed in this course provides a fertile ground for me to achieve my personal and professional aspirations.

The greatest thing about the course is that it balances the theoretical arguments and the practical experiences of development. I very much enjoyed the Food Security module. I now have a thorough understanding of how food systems operate, and what can stress them to cause people’s entitlement failures. I look forward to learning more.

The learning facilities are just fantastic. I have support everywhere. I can access a computer at almost all points of the University, the library staff are always supportive and willing to help and most importantly, the Library skills training workshops have given me new skills I have not previously thought of, such as critical thinking.


Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a social science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will also be taken into account. If English is not your first language you will also need an English language qualification, for example IELTS a minimum of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

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