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Development Policy and Practice

Course Description

MA Development Policy and Practice focuses on issues concerning international development which will appeal to both professionals involved in the ‘development industry’ internationally and those who want to pursue the academic study of social, economic and political development in developing societies.

Global relationships between societies have changed substantially in the last half century. The ‘3 worlds’ scenario of the immediate post-World War II period has all but disappeared. There are, however, still substantial inequalities between societies and radically different prospects for ‘development’. The emergence of the BRICs has put this into dramatic perspective with China, India and Brazil offering a challenge to the major western economies.

In this context the study of development, however defined, becomes a central issue not only at the national but also at the global level. This course aims to address the theoretical and empirical issues surrounding the meaning of ‘development’ and the different patterns of development followed in different types of society. It will highlight the key processes involved in social, political and economic transformation on a comparative basis and provide students with the academic skills that they need to undertake research, evaluation, and analysis both between societies and at the global level.

Visit the Development Policy and Practice page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or relevant professional experience.

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