This programme allows you to explore in depth the challenges facing developing and developed countries in the fight against global poverty, as well as to understand the promise and problems of proposed approaches to poverty reduction. Issues covered include: theories and history of development; changing approaches to poverty reduction; practical policy, programme and research skills.
Who is the programme for?
The programme is designed for recent graduates preparing to work in international development and for professionals working for NGOs, donor or government funded development programmes
This core pathway is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MSc content from a wide range of optional modules. View the course structure.
Gain first-hand experience of development concepts plus valuable work experience without additional costs. This Masters degree enable students either to carry out individual fieldwork in a country and on a topic of their choice or to take part in an organised study visit. Funding for this overseas study is included in the programme fee.
-Poverty, Inequality and Development http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/distance/govsoc/international-development-poverty-inequality.aspx
-Environment, Sustainability and Politics http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/govsoc/international-development-environment-sustainability-politics.aspx
-Conflict, Security and Development http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/distance/govsoc/international-development-conflict-security.aspx
-International Political Economy and Development http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/postgraduate/taught/govsoc/international-development-political-economy.aspx
-Governance and Statebuilding http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/postgraduate/taught/govsoc/international-development-governance-state-building.aspx
-Urban Development http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/postgraduate/taught/govsoc/international-development-urban.aspx
Learning, teaching and assessment:
The programme uses a range of learning and teaching methods including short lectures, group work, group and individual presentations, individual study and exercises. Each module is assessed differently using assessments that include 2,000–3,000 word essays, group projects, presentations, exercises and exams. A 10,000–12,000 word dissertation is also required for the MSc award.
Students will gain:
Appreciation of some of the major challenges in international development today
Analytical skills to critique different approaches to international development
Writing skills to produce well structured and coherent essays and reports, making good use of references
Oral presentation skills
Ability to access material from different sources including policy documents and other publications from governments and international organisations, documents from the internet, and from books and academic journals
The capacity to interpret and make use of material from the above sources
The programme is designed for recent graduates preparing to work in international development and for professionals working for NGOs, donor or government funded development programmes.
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and 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:A 2:1 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 spoken English (More information).Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate's work experience can also be taken into consideration.Graduate Diploma:A lower second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field is normally required. However, work experience can also be taken into consideration.
£7,650 FT (Home/EU students) £3,825 PT (Home/EU students) £14,850 FT (Overseas students