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International Development Management (MA)

Course Description

How does speculative trading in consumable items by multinational institutions translate into unaffordable food prices, even among major exporters of agricultural produce? Given its potential to double annual food production in so many countries, what would it take to enhance gender equality across the globe and achieve improved living standards for all? In seeking self-reliance and balanced economic growth, is selective aid assistance a better option than free trade or aid for trade? With over $500 billion being remitted home by migrant workers from across the globe, where lies the balance between brain drain and brain gain? And given the ongoing global financial crisis and the costly environmental disasters that continue to ravage our planet, what is the optimal recipe for achieving sustainable growth and equitable development for all? This course gives you the opportunity to get involved in the discussion to find solutions to these and future challenges.

Course Content

Our regular contributors to teaching and learning activities include experienced field practitioners drawn from international development organisations and NGOs. You will also have access to official project materials from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and other development agencies for real-life simulation and group-based activities.

You will have the opportunity to enrol on the PRINCE2 foundation certificate (recognised in more than 150 countries worldwide) to gain an additional professional qualification in project management free of charge, and eligible students may also be able to take part in a field-based internship programme within or outside the UK during University vacations.

Core modules:

- Current Issues in International Development
This module will track and highlight current issues within the field of international development, and challenge you to engage in critical analysis of their socio-economic impact. It will also strengthen your ability to appraise their policy implications and sharpen your capacity to proffer effective and sustainable solutions in addressing such issues.

- Development Economics and Policy
By exploring the concepts and theories that have been developed and applied by economists to the study of the problems of developing countries, this module explores the implications for the framing of development policy.

- Human Resources Strategies for the International Manager
This module introduces you to the key human resource management concepts at international and national levels.

- International Development Finance
This module will introduce new concepts in development financing techniques. You will acquire the skills to understand modern project financing techniques, enhancing your ability to effectively manage and complete development projects in the face of the ongoing global financial austerity threats.

- Managing Data
This module will provide the necessary skills you will need to analyse and interpret development data, and to use those skills to enhance the decision-making process.

- Managing Development Interventions
This module will provide the conceptual and practical skills you will need to evaluate various tools and techniques appropriate for managing development interventions at regional and global levels. Using appropriate case studies, it will also provide you with the skills to appraise and manage national and international NGO-sponsored, government-sponsored and privately sponsored projects.

- Project
An 8-10,000-word dissertation in the area of international development management.

- Research Methods
You will acquire the skills necessary to complete your final year project. Essentially, this module will develop your competence in research design, information gathering and questionnaire structuring. It will also develop your understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and how they can be applied.

Option modules

You can choose one option module from the University's postgraduate programme, subject to approval by the Course Leader. This gives the unique benefit of allowing you to choose according to your past academic studies, work experience or, perhaps, in line with your future career pathways or interests.

Accredited internship

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Summary of course features

The key features of this programme are summarised below:
- You will be provided with induction sessions in core aspects of the course to help you ease into the programme effortlessly before the course commences.

- You will be offered an opportunity to complete a PRINCE2 project management qualification.

Associated careers

The course will particularly suit those seeking to work within NGOs and the international development community (including the World Bank, IMF, central and development banks, and government economic planning directorates), as self-employed development specialists or consultants, or as trade attaché in foreign diplomatic offices.

Should you wish to complete the PRINCE2 project management qualification, this will also enable you to work with multinational corporations where, alongside good technical skills, an awareness of global development issues and challenges and the ability to think critically about the world are valued.

Graduates from the programme have worked as specialists advisers with top NGOs across the globe and as advisers with trade and economic departments in government offices. Others are currently working as development consultants, microfinance specialists and as advisors on United Nations-sponsored projects.


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

Visit the International Development Management (MA) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered. Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operation research. Students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

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