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Communication for Development - MSc


Course Description

About the course:
-Multidisciplinary learning about the theory and practice of communication in development
-Work with practitioners and academics to gain practical skills in designing communication strategies and media interventions
-Develop research skills for communication activities in development
-Supportive learning in a diverse, international environment
-In-class support in career building, networking and taking the next steps after graduation

WHAT WILL YOU STUDY?

Sample modules:
-Concepts and practices of communication
-Participatory interventions in development
-Theories and practices of development
-Addressing poverty and inequality
-Gender and development

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

WHAT CAREER CAN YOU HAVE?

Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain and policy. Some 96% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.
Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships and placements, and research dissertations are an opportunity to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to, please visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae

Visit the Communication for Development - MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Julia Powell

‘The MSc Communication for Innovation and Development provides a really good grounding in communication development theory and practice. I come from a communications and campaigns background working for UK based development and fair trade organisations and am interested in moving into the field of 'communication for development'. The course provides an excellent mix of communication theory and practical exercises to increase understanding of the field and develop communication design skills. I particularly valued contributions from experienced practitioners working in various communications for development disciplines. I was also very impressed by the quality of the lectures and lecturers across all the modules (six so far, as I am part-time) and by the wide range of development issues covered.’

(Student Profile)

Susana Alo

‘As the Gender Promotion Program National Coordinator of the Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy and Bible Translation where communication with rural women is a regular theme, I looked forward to enhancing my communication skills with the MSc Communication for Innovation and Development programme. I have not been disappointed too. The blend of theory with practice has enhanced, even changed, my view of how communication for development should be carried out. Not only are the lecturers seasoned practitioners with vast experiences from different development fields. They are very welcoming and provide a very friendly atmosphere for the exchange of knowledge between themselves and students. I can firmly say that I am now very well equipped to make the necessary changes to the communication approaches adopted by my organisation when I return to work, so the desired developmental goals can be achieved more rapidly.’

(Student Profile)

Rosa Palli

'Studying at GIIDAE is a unique experience to thrive in a completely mulitcultural environment and an extremely enriching opportunity to learn from people all from all over the world.'


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

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