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  MA Global Social Development

University of East Anglia    School of Global Development

Full time September MA 1 year full-time
Politics & Government (30) Sociology (33)

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Embark on a transformative journey with the MA Global Social Development programme at UEA. Delve into pressing global issues like vulnerability, gender inequality, and social exclusion, equipping yourself with the skills to drive positive change at local and international levels. Through a blend of theory, practice, and policy, you'll explore intriguing questions such as the impact of micro-credit interventions and the politicisation of climate change responsibility. Tailor your degree with a diverse range of optional modules, empowering you to carve your unique path in social development. Benefit from cutting-edge research from esteemed academics, enhancing your understanding of social interventions and their outcomes. Upon graduation, you'll possess specialised academic skills and practical experience, opening doors to diverse career opportunities in NGOs, government agencies, or further academic pursuits. Join a vibrant community dedicated to shaping a better world. Entry requirements include a minimum 2:1 Bachelor's degree in a Social Science subject. Unlock your potential with MA Global Social Development.

About the course

Take on the challenge of social development issues such as vulnerability, cultural complexity, resilience, gender inequality, social exclusion and justice, and education policies for development. These important topics are at the forefront of global development goals, and on the agendas of key international development agencies such as Oxfam, bilateral development agencies, the UN and the World Bank. 

You’ll have the opportunity to learn about theory, analytical skills and practice and policy, all of which inform global work towards appropriate and effective social development interventions. You’ll also be able to acquire professional skills by taking one or more of our professional training workshops. 

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Entry Requirements

Bachelors degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent)

Degree Subject
Social Science preferred.

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“The conceptual understanding of social issues I acquired has proved very useful in my job. This Masters has helped me immensely in understanding and analysing different social phenomena.” - MA International Social Development

Sam Howard

“I am proud to be a product of this department because the skills acquired are being applied in my present position at the United Nations. Due to my training at UEA, I now understand the complexities of the role of the media, especially in peacekeeping operations in the world.”
- Public Information Officer, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission, DR Congo

Daisy Serem

"I am really applying what I studied at UEA to my job, especially about communication for development. So most of the time when am working I remember our classes and smile."
- Assistant Communication Officer, UNICEF, Nairobi.


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Value: 10% tuition fee reduction
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10% tuition fee reduction


You are an Alumnus of UEA, or expect to become one, at the time of applying for an eligible postgraduate programme and are, and will remain, self-funded for the duration of the programme, (exemptions include PGCE, MBA, foundation, pre-Masters and postdoctorate diploma programmes).

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UEA offer a generous range of scholarships every year, including funding for specific countries, schools and subjects. Scholarships include £4-£5,000 awards for students from specific countries, sports scholarships, a £2,000 'Bright Futures' fee reduction for UK-based students and a 10% reduction in fees for UEA alumni.

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