This course engages with the challenges of international development in today's complex world. You'll develop skills and knowledge relating to development research and practice.
You'll go on a unique placement-based dissertation that combines work experience with academic research. You'll also carry out hands-on research during an overseas field class.
Our graduates have gone on to work for a wide variety of organisations, including the World Bank, the British Red Cross, UNDP, WildAid, World Vision and Save the Children.
This MA draws on our research strengths and internationally-recognised expertise in the areas of social and environmental justice, rural and urban development, governance, citizenship and sustainability. Our teaching involves industry and sector specialists, which means you can make connections and contacts with a global network of expertise beyond the University.
The course typically includes a 10-day field class, which provides hands-on experience of designing and carrying out research and will develop your skills in intercultural communication. Recent destinations have included Kenya, Tanzania, India and Nepal.
The cost of the compulsory field class is included in your tuition fees.
The dissertation with placement gives you valuable practical experience of working in a development organisation and engaging with development issues.
You'll spend six to eight weeks in June or July based in a host organisation, where you'll carry out a research project identified by the organisation and approved by the University. Your project will have clear practical relevance and will generate findings that form the basis of your dissertation. Students also spend time working directly on the organisation's core activities.
We currently work with over 30 host organisations from across the globe, ranging from leading non-governmental organisations to development consultancy companies to local civil society organisations. Some have a wide remit, others have a specialist focus on issues such as conservation, education, health, migration, economic development and human rights.
The costs of the core dissertation with placement module are not included in your tuition fees. There are various scholarships and bursaries available to support the dissertation with placement. Low-cost local placements are also available.