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The course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping global politics and state and inter-state relations, as well as an appreciation of the context of international relations in terms of global inequalities, power and environmental risks. Read more
The course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping global politics and state and inter-state relations, as well as an appreciation of the context of international relations in terms of global inequalities, power and environmental risks.

Our students come to us from all over the world, so you will be working in an international environment. The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need for a career working in a global body, government department or organisation dealing with international policy.

You will also be encouraged to improve your research skills and learn how to take an active part in international and academic conferences and debates.

This course offers a unique combination of critical thinking in relation to international relations and the study of global environmental politics. We were the first university to offer this special focus on the environment, which has become a central issue of global relations.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

You will study three core modules leading up to a dissertation of 15,000 words. The first module focuses on the Critical Theories of International Relations and then you will look in detail at Global Environmental Politics - one of the key issues and potential crises facing the international community in the 21st century. These modules have been much enjoyed by students on the programme and described by External Examiners as “cutting edge” in their content.

The third module will give you experience of Qualitative Research Methods, equipping for your research project. For this you can choose a subject linked to your previous professional interest or a completely different area for analysis.

There are also optional modules to choose from, including Conflict, Displacement and Human Security, International Human Rights, Law and Policy in the Middle East and an Introduction to Forced Migration.

Our academic team are actively involved in shaping the global debate on many of these issues and will guide you through the modules with creative learning methods, feedback and advice.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Some of our students have already worked in an international relations environment while others are looking to start a career in the area.

Many aspire to work for the United Nations or to develop a career in international policy or development at a government level. Some have used the skills they have developed on the course to forge careers in local as well as national government.

Our course will give you the advanced skills to take your career to a new level. You will also learn how to work in an international environment and how to influence the debate.

MODULES

Critical Theories International Relations (core)
Global Environmental Politics (core)
Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists (core)
Cultural Encounters in International Relations (optional)
Introduction to Forced Migration (optional)
Migration, Citizenship and Social Policy (optional)
War and Human Rights (optional)
Current Issues and Research in International Law (optional)
Law and Policy in the Middle East (optional)
Dissertation (core)

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On this cutting-edge course, we specialise in giving our students an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the relationship between conflict, displacement and human insecurity. Read more
On this cutting-edge course, we specialise in giving our students an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the relationship between conflict, displacement and human insecurity.

We will help you to develop the skills and understanding to prepare for employment in the fields of conflict management and resolution, humanitarian assistance and displacement, human rights and development initiatives. The key aspects of your learning will be the focus on conflict and displacement. We value a people-centred approach and an emphasis on human security which combines both human rights and human development.

The course approaches development as an important security strategy and considers displacement a measure of human security. We will encourage you to adopt an independent critical approach to contemporary theories of conflict, human rights and human security.

You will work with academics involved in the latest research and have access to wide-ranging expertise in our research centres, covering human rights in conflict, social justice and change, migration, refugees and belonging and gender research.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This course will help you to develop important skills for a key role in the area of conflict, displacement and human security.
By the time you complete it, you should have acquired advanced critical and evaluative abilities, research management skills, the ability to design and deliver substantial written reports and social research projects, and high levels of competence in library and bibliographical research.

You will also have gained skills in data collection and analysis. You will have enhanced abilities in verbal presentation, familiarity with means of dissemination and mobilising research findings, and an advanced ability to collaborate in research groups and teams.
The course provides an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of the conflict, generalised violence and social inequality in contemporary global contexts. It examines the complexities of global, regional and local structures, and the relationships to the changing character of conflict.

Your studies will focus on two core modules: Conflict; Displacement and Human Security, and Research Methods and two specialist option modules in the areas of displacement, development, human rights, global environmental politics and community development. This will prepare you to begin a dissertation during the summer term for submission in September.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Our course is specifically aimed at giving you the skills, knowledge and understanding for a career in the fields of conflict management and resolution, humanitarian assistance and displacement, human rights and development initiatives.

You will develop the critical thinking skills and flexibility for a role in an NGO or in a government department or agency, both in developing and developed countries.

The course will also develops your skills for further academic research in conflict, displacement, development and human rights fields, as well as in associated areas of social and political theory.

MODULES

The following are the core and optional requirements for this programme:

• Conflict, Displacement and Human Security ( Core)
• Qualitative Research Methods (Social Sciences) (Core)
• Dissertation (Core)
• Introduction to Forced Migration (Option)
• Development in the International Context (Option)
• Current Issues in Forced Migration (Option)
• Global Environmental Politics (Option)
• War and Human Rights (Option)

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This course examines the central issues facing developing countries in today’s globalised world, giving you the skills for a job in development and the wider sectors. Read more
This course examines the central issues facing developing countries in today’s globalised world, giving you the skills for a job in development and the wider sectors.

You’ll be equipped with all the practical skills that are in great demand in development agencies. But you’ll also gain insight across the wider picture, understanding how developing countries can progress and how the poor can be mobilised to escape from the poverty trap.

The course also explores how NGOs can play a key role in promoting social and economic progress and you’ll develop the ability to identify, design and implement programmes with a view to engaging with and enhancing the situation of the poor.

Our students and staff are a diverse group from different backgrounds and your tutors have expertise in many key development regions and countries from South Asia and Latin America to Middle East and Africa.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

The course consists of four modules and a dissertation. The full-time MSc takes one year to complete and the part-time course is completed over two years.

You’ll learn about development management in the international context and the impact of globalisation. We focus on public management and the role of aid agencies and NGOs in development and encourage you to gain general conceptual, critical and evaluative skills.

Our Project and Programme Design module will give you insight into a range of approaches to development interventions, including design, implementation and management. The course introduces design methods used by NGOs and aid agencies as well as important issues such as sustainability and alternatives to the project approach.

We’ll also teach you how to examine rationales for research and a range of investigative techniques. This will help you prepare for your dissertation in which you’ll demonstrate your ability to use theories from earlier modules alongside your own research findings.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

This course has a strong focus on employability and is specifically designed to give you the skills to work for development agencies, NGOs and in the wider development sector.

The experience and contacts of our staff will help you set up placements in the UK, Africa, Asia or Latin America and gain more understanding of how the sector works.

You’ll gain the experience and knowledge either to further your career in NGO and development management or to use your skills within the area to enhance the role you are already playing.

Our students who have worked in the field before have found that after the course, they are in a much better position to apply for more senior jobs across the development sector with the extra practical and critical thinking skills they have developed.

If you’ve not been involved in NGOs or development management previously, the course will give you the knowledge and practical skills which are highly sought after by development agencies.

MODULES

Development Management in the International Context (core)
Programme and Project Design (core)
Research Methods (core)
Sustainability and the Commons (option)
Introduction to Forced Migration (option)
Psycho-Social Perspectives of Forced Migration (option)
International Human Rights (option)
Global Environmental Politics (option)
Cultural Encounters in International Relations (option)
University Wide Option (option)
Dissertation (core)

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Improving global health, including halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and malaria, supporting maternal health and reducing child mortality were a central part of the eight Millennium Development Goals agreed by world leaders at a United Nations summit in 2000. Read more
Improving global health, including halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and malaria, supporting maternal health and reducing child mortality were a central part of the eight Millennium Development Goals agreed by world leaders at a United Nations summit in 2000.
NGOs and other aid and relief organisations deal every day with communities and the dangers to their health.

This unique course offers you the opportunity to work at the interface between international development and health to understand the causes of health-related development deficits and global patterns in health and development outcomes.
You will learn about the roles of different actions in improving health care provision.

The course is accessible to a wide range of students -- from graduates and development practitioners to healthcare professionals and administrators who are interested in health inequalities in low and middle-income countries.

Your tutors have expertise in broad range of key development areas, including South Asia, East Africa, Latin America, Palestine and Bangladesh.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Health remains a critical part of the international development agenda following the Millennium Development Goals. Many of the challenges of international development policy and management are closely linked to health issues.
This course explores the dynamic links between international development and health inequalities in public health access and provision across low and middle-income countries.

It builds on the expertise at the University of East London in both health and development and includes core and optional modules from our courses in NGO and Development Management MSc (School of Social Sciences) and Public Health MSc (School of Health, Sport and Bioscience).

You will study the health issues which many communities face – from HIV, water-borne diseases and malaria to sanitation and nutrition – and how development agencies and NGOs try to engage people in helping to deal with them.
The three main modules focus on Development Management in an International Context, Public Health Policy and Strategy and Research Methods.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

If you want to establish a career as a development and health specialist, this course will help you on the way to achieving your professional goals.

It opens the door for you to secure a career in development and health planning and policy roles with development agencies, consultancies and NGOs as well as in related areas such as development planning, advocacy and policy research.

It will also give you a strong research grounding if you wish to continue to research at PhD level. The contacts and links which both the staff and former students enjoy with key organisations involved in public health within international contexts will help you to set up your work placement and, in turn, your future career pathway.

If you have already been working in this sector, the additional skills and expertise you will gain on this course will put you in a stronger position to advance your career.

Our course has a strong focus on employability and your learning will be guided by best practice in the field and by the expertise of our academic team from their wide-ranging experience and expertise.

MODULES

The following are the core and optional requirements for this programme:

Development in the International Context (Core)
Public Health: Policy and Strategy (Core)
Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences (Core)
Double Dissertation (Core)
Sustainable Development and the Commons (Optional)
Current Issues in Forced Migration (Optional)
Health Promotion: Theory and Practice (Optional)
Core Themes and Structures in Health Promotion (Optional)

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Are you a journalist or communications professional keen to learn more about contemporary global development issues? Are you a development practitioner… Read more
Are you a journalist or communications professional keen to learn more about contemporary global development issues? Are you a development practitioner or NGO staff needing to update your understanding of the media? Have you ever wondered how today’s NGOs are responding to the digital media revolution? Do you want to enrich your understanding of global development issues and produce informed yet critical news and information?

Are you interested in engaging with some of the most important topics in today’s globalised world while enhancing your analytical and media production skills? We will provide you with a conducive environment to learn about and participate in debates such as:

● What is the role of citizen journalists in mediating development news?
● How can ICTs contribute to development and development communication?
● How can we better understand and communicate the realities of globalisation and sustainable development?
● How can media production practices be critically informed?
● What are the dynamics linking conflict, religion, displacement and human insecurity?

● How does the media represent environmental issues?

The course will be headed by Susannah Pickering-Saqqa and Abel Ugba.

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