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MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development

Course Description


The MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development degree offers skills in the basics of modern evidence-based policy making and impact evaluation, including the contexts and practices of evaluation, research design and data production for evaluation, and basic and more advanced methods of quantitative and qualitative analysis. The course is designed for those interested in designing and implementing development projects and programmes and/or in researching development effectiveness, and need the skills for undertaking quality impact evaluations.


This Master’s combines theory and practice through two specialist modules: Welfare and Evaluation in Development, Applied Methods in Impact Evaluation. Students build analytical skills throughout the content and can choose modules from within the School of International Development and other departments at UEA to tailor their programme.


Lecturers who teach on this course have wide practical experience in Impact Evaluation - many are International Development Economists. The School of International Development at the University of East Anglia is a globally renowned department for teaching, research and consultancy on international development. Research in the School addresses challenges in developing and transition economies via disciplinary and multi/interdisciplinary approaches. Excellent staff:student ratios and teaching methods mean this School offers small class sizes and a friendly learning environment.


Graduates from this Master’s programme are likely to become policy makers, non-governmental officials, consultants or research institute staff who are involved in impact evaluations. Students can choose an internship or work placement at various organisations, as UEA are partnered with CARE, Oxfam GB and Tearfund to explore opportunities.

Visit the MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development page on the University of East Anglia website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sam Howard

“I am proud to be a product of this department because the skills acquired are being applied in my present position at the United Nations. Due to my training at UEA, I now understand the complexities of the role of the media, especially in peacekeeping operations in the world.”
- Public Information Officer, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission, DR Congo

(Student Profile)

Daisy Serem

"I am really applying what I studied at UEA to my job, especially about communication for development. So most of the time when am working I remember our classes and smile."
- Assistant Communication Officer, UNICEF, Nairobi.

(Student Profile)

Kristine Briones

"I was attracted by the course’s holistic approach to teaching impact evaluation. The programme was able to tackle the realities one experiences when doing field work without sacrificing the rigor needed when doing research. The course equipped me with up-to-date practical and statistical knowledge of evaluation methods and processes which has since been an asset when applying for development jobs."

(Student Profile)

Kanako Yoshikawa

"I was an intern with Oxfam after completing the MSc Impact Evaluation. As part of my internship I worked on an impact evaluation on women’s empowerment in Uganda where I spent 2 months collecting and analysing primary data. It was a valuable experience and the knowledge and skills I gained during my studies helped me tremendously to work with the evaluation professionals at Oxfam."


School of International Development, University of East Anglia – Postgraduate Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Funding for postgraduate study is available both from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and from a number of external schemes. Applicants should note that many award schemes have early closing dates and may require the acceptance of the offer of a place as a condition of eligibility. If you wish to apply for funding you are therefore strongly advised to apply to the School of International Development as early as possible in the year of entry. Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for an award.The School of International Development, within the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA, has an excellent research and teaching profile with strong international links to institutes, organisations, international networks and research councils both throughout Europe and globally.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Award value usually for duration of the period of study and may vary for individual Scholarships


A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to Home/EU and International students. These are usually awarded to students on the basis of academic merit.

Application Procedure

For full details about how to apply and application deadlines for individual Courses, Scholarships and Funding opportunities specifically available to you, please visit the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Open to applicants with a good degree (min 2:1 or equivalent) in a Social Sciences subject. Basic statistics skills are essential - a pre-sessional 2-week long statistics course, offered by the university, is mandatory. UEA Admissions will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.

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