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MA International Development

Course Description

The United Nations have developed a number of Millennium Development Goals, and this course will help you gain an understanding of them, and the skills to apply your knowledge in the workplace. The goals include the creation of a global partnership for development, the eradication of poverty and hunger, the promotion of universal education and gender equality, and the establishment of global environmental sustainability.

With a strong emphasis on contemporary examples and case studies, and the integration of practical projects, you will be fully supported and prepared for your future career.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/maindabf

Course detail

• Learn to question, evaluate and analyse the various facets of international development
• Study the global forces that have created societies in which the wealth of the few requires the poverty of many
• Develop a comprehensive understanding of the processes and intricacies of international development
• Gain an in-depth understanding of why we live in a world of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ and how the UN’s Millennium Development Goals are helping to change thinking and perceptions
• Explore the work of different international development organisations, develop a practical understanding of the contribution they make, and gain real world knowledge and expertise
• Challenge yourself by learning how to help others acquire the skills and tools they need to work confidently and independently
• Benefit from a comprehensive guest speaker programme and practice-based visits to key organisations that will enhance your prospects of employment and success in this growing field.


• Capacity Building And Negotiation (EDC132-6) Compulsory
• Citizenship And International Development: 21st Century Perspecitves (EDC133-6) Compulsory
• Dissertation In International Development (EDC134-6) Compulsory
• Education And International Development (EDC123-6) Compulsory
• Gender Security And Peace Operations (MAR029-6) Compulsory
• International Development: The Power Of Education (EDC135-6) Compulsory
• International Development: Towards Sustainability (EDC136-6) Compulsory
• Research Methods And Professional Development (EDC137-6) Compulsory


Through the assessments designed for individual units, you practise and reinforce skills in researching, evaluating and synthesising materials with a critical eye; quantitative and qualitative data collection and handling, together with skills associated with conventional academic tasks. Across the taught units you will be experience a wide range of assessment types. These include comparative essays, oral presentations, annotated bibliographies and seminar papers for some units. In others, in addition to the requirement to demonstrate appropriate levels of criticality, analysis and evaluation, you are required to develop and demonstrate employment-related skills such as debating; preparing, contributing to and evaluating panel discussions; reflective evaluations; project planning; presenting material and managing a question and answer session.


You will gain important insights into the realities of professional environments that will broaden and advance your understanding of the field, required skills and opportunities. The course includes lectures by guest speakers and visits to NGOs, government departments and development agencies, and provides opportunities for volunteering and shadowing. As a result of this, it is anticipated that you will have developed the skills required for employees in a range of fields related to international development. These would include roles in regional, national, and international organisations, in relation to policy formation, planning, project management, research and evaluation, marketing, fundraising, and field work.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the MA International Development page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. English language requirements: View Website

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