This degree has both critical and analytical components in its content, making it uniquely useful to development practitioners. The critical component aims to deepen your understanding of alternative approaches to development, the effectiveness of international assistance, recent debates on alleviating poverty, and the role of institutions and policies. The analytical component provides you with a thorough training in techniques and issues involved in the planning, design and evaluation of development programmes and projects.
On successful completion of this course you will have enhanced your proficiency in the economic and financial analysis of projects. You will also have developed an appreciation of the issues surrounding participation of stakeholders, the social and environmental dimensions of development, and how these concerns are integrated into the decision-making process.
The core course units in this degree are: - Project Planning, Design and Appraisal - Project Appraisal and Economic Analysis - Public Policy Analysis and Management
Students then select additional option course units from a wide range including Issues in Development Theory and Policy, Human Resource Management and Development, International Economics and Public Action: civil society, government and the private sector in partnership. They prepare for writing their 10,000 dissertation with a research skills module covering research problem design, methodologies and approaches, literature searching, academic writing and referencing.