Key themes of this Master’s include vulnerability and social exclusion, poverty, gender relations, social policy and social protection. The degree combines social theory and analysis with more practical and policy-focused approaches allowing students to learn concepts to pursue analysis of social development and social change, which is applied to development interventions and practice.
At the core of this programme are two unique core modules: Social Analysis for International Development provides understanding of key concepts from social theory and how these are applied to social development policy and practice. The module Gender Diversity and Social Development explores relations between social development, public policy and various forms of diversity and difference, including gender, race, ethnicity, age and disability. In addition, students also choose whether to focus on Health and Development or Education Policy and Practice in Development.
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 have been successful in entering employment including working for organisations such as the World Bank, the United Nations, DfID, JICA, Christian Aid, and Save the Children. UEA offer a series of regular seminars on ‘Working in Development’, with guest speakers from development agencies and there is also specific support for international students in their transition to studying in the UK.
“The conceptual understanding of social issues I acquired has proved very useful in my job. This Masters has helped me immensely in understanding and analysing different social phenomena.” - MA International Social Development
“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
"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.
School of International Development, University of East Anglia – Postgraduate Scholarships
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.
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.
Open to applicants with a good degree (min 2:1 or equivalent) in a Social Sciences subject or relevant discipline. UEA Admissions will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.
Recipient: University of East Anglia
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