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Masters degrees in Development Studies examine the processes by which healthy and prosperous societies can be created, and how poverty can be eliminated. These courses usually take an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from Economics, Sociology, Politics, Geography and many other subject areas.
Related postgraduate specialisms include International Relations, International Security, Economics and Globalisation, while entry requirements normally involve an appropriate undergraduate degree in one of the Social Sciences.
A Masters in Development Studies gives you the chance to learn how to make a real difference in people’s lives, finding out about the daily challenges that face citizens of low and middle income countries.
You’ll typically examine a range of global and local mechanisms to do with migration, technology, politics, the environment and the economy, discussing the changing nature of the interactions between the developed and developing parts of the world. Some programmes also offer the opportunity to complete a work placement in a developing country, adding an extra dimension to your studies.
Career prospects for Development Studies postgraduates include roles in governmental and non-governmental agencies, charities, think-tanks and development consultancies.
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