If you're energised by the idea of working with developing countries, our International Development Studies course, offered as a MSc, PgDip, PgCert, will develop your understanding of international development and enhance your career prospects.
On this course, you'll explore the history, theory and practice of international development. You'll explore colonialism and globalisation, and unpack the tools, strategies and techniques used in the field.
You'll also choose your own specialisation – such as health, education, gender, international relations or criminology – and produce a project based on your research.
And when you graduate, you'll have expert knowledge of development issues and strong career prospects in the international development sector – and desirable transferable skills such as communication, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Learn about the key topics in the field of International Development Studies, including the theory and practice of development, applied research methods, international and comparative criminal justice, the role of gender, contemporary security in internal relations, education, health, and the economics of development
- Critically engage with a topic of your choice, using your own research to inform your work
- Unpack the tools needed to carry out systematic and methodologically sound research, including literature reviews and empirical research
- Be able to justify any ethical considerations in relation to your research
- Access our virtual learning facilities which include webinars, discussion forums, one-to-one online tutorials with lecturers, and Skype meetings
- Be supported by experts in the field of International Development Studies, including members of CEISR (Centre for European and International Studies Research), who will share their expertise in the field
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
What you'll study
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
MSc: You'll study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
PgDip: You'll study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 3 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
PgCert: You'll study 2 modules worth 30 credits each, for a total of 60 credits.
- Theory and Practice of Development
- Applied Research Methods for Development
- Dissertation (MSc only)
Options to choose from (MSc and PgDip only) currently include:
- Contemporary Security in International Relations
- Economics of Development
- Education and Development
- Facing up to the Challenges of Transitional Justice
- Gender for Development Cooperation
- Population and Reproductive Health
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.
Teaching on this course is entirely through distance learning. You'll get all course materials, readings, lectures notes and additional material through our virtual learning environment.
You'll be taught through:
- discussion forums
- one-on-one tutorials
- skype meetings
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- discussion forums
- policy brief
Careers and opportunities
The International Development Studies degree course is ideal if you are already working, or hope to work in the international development sector.
You'll develop your professional networks and identify career opportunities during the course of your studies, and receive advice and guidance about your career progression from the experts and development practitioners.
You'll graduate with greater knowledge of development issues, strong career prospects in the international development sector, and the option to progress to doctoral study.