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Managing International Development MSc

Course Description

The University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be AACSB-Accredited.

Programme overview

If you want to pursue a career as a development professional the MSc Managing International Development (MInD) can help you achieve your ambitions. The programme is suitable if you are currently working as a development specialist and are seeking to update your skill set, or if you would like to enter the field.

The programme aims to provide an in-depth knowledge in conceptual and theoretical developments in the area. You will undertake rigorous training in practical skills which will prepare you to meet the demands of the sector. You will learn how to manage development across the entire spectrum—from theory to policy and implementation.

You will have the opportunity to implement your knowledge and skills and gain invaluable experience of development work by opting to undertake the unique year-long placement programme. Upon completion of the programme you will be prepared for a range of development careers. The skills acquired on this programme are suited to a variety of roles in development agencies; several governments departments including health and education; international development; higher education; NGOs; charitable organisations; policy research institutions and think tanks.

Taught by Development experts

Designed and taught by a multidisciplinary set of active researchers, you will acquire cutting edge knowledge. MInD staff are members of the Management School-based research group, DRIVE (Development Research Initiative).The group explores a range of international development areas including: commodity prices (including peak oil); gender; health initiatives in poor countries; intra-household decision making in poor households; microcredit; rural livelihoods and sustainable development. The use of case studies drawn from the work of DRIVE provides you with the opportunity to apply theory to real-life Development issues.

Connect with employers in the Development sector

You will network with a range of local and international development employers during regular guest lectures and will be provided with the guidance needed to link up with the sector’s professional bodies. The programme’s strong sector links means that you will develop the knowledge and skills most sought after by local and international development agencies.

Receive sector-specific skills training

You will undertake training in the technical and practical skills now routinely required from development professionals. This includes conducting development research, preparing technically competent research reports and carrying out an impact evaluation of real life development projects using STATA (a statistical software package commonly used in the field).

Learn specialist Development and Management theory

Your knowledge base will enable you to confidently engage with development practitioners and policy makers and to identify innovative solutions to development issues. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme combines development expertise with specialist management knowledge. You will acquire a solid grounding in the concepts and theories of international development and build a critical understanding of contemporary debates. You are able to select the management modules which best complement your career aims and deepen your understanding.

Gain practical experience

If you choose to undertake the placement year, you will build up a significant amount of experience with an agency or NGO in the UK or abroad, and will gain a competitive advantage in the development job market. You will take up field or desk-based entry-level support roles. The link to the Management School will be maintained through regular contact with a supervisor. You will be supported to source and apply for placements through undertaking a compulsory careers module.

Achieve your career ambitions

The programme is firmly focused on helping you to set and achieve your career goals. The compulsory careers module provides you with knowledge about the international development labour market and equips you to plan and manage your career in the development sector.

Key Facts

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27th in the UK for 4* and 3* (world leading and internationally excellent), 100% impact and 88% environment at 4* and 3*.

Why University of Liverpool Management School?

'Learning to make a difference'

AACSB-Accredited, the University of Liverpool Management School is in the top 5% of business schools worldwide. Regarded as one of the most rigorous assessments, many top global recruiters will only consider candidates from AACSB-Accredited schools – a clear signal that our programmes respond to the needs of business and meet specific standards of excellence.

The University of Liverpool Management School works with today's leaders in business and management to prepare its students to be the leaders of the future. The school's mission is 'Learning to make a difference' and there is a fundamental belief that the purpose of the School's research and teaching is to develop students who are not only good managers, but individuals who are truly committed to making a difference. We hope that our students will use the knowledge and skills they gain here in their future roles to help solve some of the most endemic problems individuals, enterprises and communities face.

Career prospects

The aim of this programme is to jointly prepare tomorrow’s business leaders with unique exposure to the rapidly evolving field of Big Data and the opportunities, challenges and developments associated with running or expanding digital business enterprises.

Careers Support

From the moment you start your MSc you will have access to a specialist careers team which includes a professionally qualified MSc Careers Adviser and a dedicated International Employer Engagement Officer.

Visit the Managing International Development MSc page on the University of Liverpool website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in the social sciences or a related discipline. Work experience in development related work is desirable. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed one page personal statement (font Arial, size 11, single line spacing). In addition to this, international students will require English qualifications. IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section. For internet TOEFL, a score of 100 overall, with at least 21 in Listening, 22 in Reading and 27 in both Speaking and Writing.

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