The core module aims to familiarize students with key concepts (eg development and poverty) and theories (eg modernisation, dependency, neo-liberalism and the ‘crisis’ in development theory) and with the changing roles of international development organizations and states in promoting international development (eg through aid, trade and fiscal, monetary and social policies). The emphasis throughout will be onencouraging students to reflect critically on what has worked well or not andwhy. Students will select 100 credits ofoptional modules based on their individual interests and career aspirations.
This main pathway is designedfor flexibility, allowing you to choose five out of the six 20-credit modulesfrom a list of options:
Critical Approaches to Development (20 credits) – critically examine development theories and their application
Choice of optional modules (100 credits) – choose five modules from the following 20 credit modules:
Social Analysis of Inequality, Poverty and Development
Rural Poverty and Development
Urban Poverty and Development
Conflict in Developing Countries
Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development
Non-Governmental Organisations in a Changing International Context
Introduction to Development Projects
Dissertation (60 credits, MSc only) – pursue in-depth research with support from a dissertation supervisor. For distance learning students we recommend desk-based research.
The programme begins with a two week online induction module (non-accredited); and the dissertation work is preceded by atwo week online research methods module (again, non-accredited).
-Conflict, Security and Development http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/distance/govsoc/international-development-conflict-security.aspx
-Poverty, Inequality and Development http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/distance/govsoc/international-development-poverty-inequality.aspx
Learning and teaching
The programme is delivered online, using a web communications tools system (WebCT Vista) andthis web environment is where students are expected to take part in onlinediscussions and group activities, guided by a tutor. All required reading is provided (either inhard copy or via our extensive electronic library, or via Internet links). Assessment takes the form of 2 items ofassessment per module, plus a 10,000 to 15,000 word dissertation for the MSc.
This programme tends to recruit studentswho are either currently working for, or plan to work for, ngos, aid donors,the public service sector, etc.
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk
MSc/PGDip:An upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US Grade Point Average is 3.0) orA lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent work experience.Adequate capacity in written and reading English. For those whose first language is not English, evidence of this capacity is required. Applicants should reach at least level 6.5 in the IELTS.Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate’s work experience can also be taken into consideration.