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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
EUR 17350 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
January, September

International course fees
EUR 17350 per year

All study options

About International Development at University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies

The MA in International Development seeks to contribute to a critical understanding of contemporary issues in development and provides practical tools for a future engagement. It considers theoretical, practical and ethical issues by interrogating development discourses, objectives and effects, and by seeking to understand forms of inclusion/exclusion and intervention in societies. Some issues covered are public-private partnerships, social entrepreneurship, trade and privatization, informal economies and finance, and technological initiatives.

The MA in International Development provides students with an inter-disciplinary approach to development and allows them to specialize in their field of interest, such as development economics, development and migration, development and conflict, or human rights.

BSIS attracts an exceptionally diverse and active student body that shares an enthusiasm for engagement in global affairs. Our students come from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas; many have spent extended periods abroad and/or worked for development institutions, a few have just finished their undergraduate studies. An important forum is the International Development Group, which meets regularly to discuss personal experiences, debate issues in development, invite guest speakers, attend conferences and workshops, and also to organise conferences. After their studies at BSIS, our students engage in careers in international affairs, including international organizations, non-governmental organizations and international business across the globe, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

The development studies program is suitable for students seeking to understand the field of international development as well as for practitioners who have already substantive experience. It provides conceptual tools and practical skills for a variety of careers in international affairs.

The aims of the MA in International Development are to:

  • Provide a postgraduate qualification of value to those intending to pursue a career in the field if international development, and detailed knowledge and a high level of understanding of a range of specialised subject areas.
  • Provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures 
    and policy fields of international development;
  • Provide a degree of specialisation in areas of international development of individual 
    interest from amongst the range of options that are available and which require students 
    to engage with academic work which is at the frontiers of scholarship.
  • Encourage students to develop a critical awareness of the discourses and practices 
    associated with the field of international development, particularly in contexts which are 
    perceived to be controversial or in a state of evolution.
  • Provide students with a research-active learning environment which gives them a good 
    grounding in the study of the contending approaches and issues in international 
    development, and allows them to place the subject in its proper context within the broader 
    field of international studies.
  • Encourage students to develop critical, analytical, communicative and problem-solving 
    skills which can be applied to a wide range of contexts (transferable skills).
  • Develop skills in the written presentation of arguments in a manner which meets 
    relevant academic conventions.
  • Contribute to widening participation in higher education by taking account of past 
    experience of applicants in determining admissions whilst ensuring that all students that 
    are admitted possess the potential to complete the programme successfully.
  • Develop students' general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills), in 
    particular through a substantial dissertation.

Programme Structure:

The MA in International Development is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS credits) and the Extended version (120 ECTS credits) and in each case students may take the programme with or without a secondary specialisation.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 17350 per yearInternational course feesEUR 17350 per year
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 8675 per yearInternational course feesEUR 8765 per year
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study18 months
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 24700 per yearInternational course feesEUR 24700 per year
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 12350 per yearInternational course feesEUR 12350 per year

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree or a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 in a relevant subject or equivalent. For other international entry requirements, please contact the School.

What students think about University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies

    MA International Migration Student

    "I’m enrolled in the MA in International Migration and enjoying studying again in a different environment. I’d previously been working in Paris with Roma migrants, specifically working on a project of access to education for Roma children living in the makeshift camps around Paris. This project was a serious challenge having recently graduated (LLB in Law and European legal studies from Aberdeen in 2014), but it was a fantastic learning experience of hands-on work. Having developed new skills in project management and human rights issues around migration I thought about pursuing my studies further to gain a global understanding on migration issues. 

    I was a little anxious at the idea of hitting the books again, especially from a political science perspective. However, bringing this experience into this Masters has been great and so many of the students have different backgrounds, professionally and academically, which makes interesting discussions!

    Life in Brussels and at BSIS has been great so far. The diversity in this city is amazing, whether at school or outside of it. Being at the heart of the European Union, there’s always something going on. I could definitely get used to this!"

    Lucie Thomas, United Kingdom

    MA International Development Student

    "I am enrolled in the International Development Master. After finishing my Bachelor’s in Law and Political Science, I worked in an international legal NGO based in Spain and at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva as human rights consultant. I chose this Master program because it links my interest fields, human rights, development, and gender. The International Development Master is, without doubt, providing me new views and approaches to the many topics of international development. I am sure that it will strengthen your critical thinking and challenge you in many ways."

    Alazne Irigoien, Spain

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