University of Birmingham

Master in Africa and Development - Máster en África y Desarrollo

University of Birmingham
  • Imparte:
  • Modalidad:
    Presencial en Birmingham
  • Precio:
    Fees for 2016/17 are as follows:
    Home / EU: £7,650 full-time
    Overseas: £14,850 full-time
  • Comienzo:
    Septiembre 2017
  • Lugar:
    Birmingham B15 2TT
    Reino Unido
  • Duración:
    1 Año
  • Idioma:
    El Curso se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    MA Africa and Development


This programme draws on the expertise of the University’s Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) and International Development Department (IDD) to provide an in-depth exploration of the relationship between development studies and Africa.

You will study two core modules:

Critical Approaches to Development
Livelihoods and Development in Africa
You will also choose four optional modules from a wide range within DASA and IDD. All DASA modules are assessed by coursework; IDD modules vary, and the mix of coursework and written examinations will depend on the options selected. [See below for more detail on available modules]

You will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation which combines interdisciplinary African studies with development studies.


nternational students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students


This programme is ideal for those who wish to pursue careers in international development, as well as students planning to pursue doctoral research on aspects of development in Africa.


You will study two core modules:

Critical Approaches to Development

Livelihoods and Development in Africa

The module examines rural and urban livelihood systems and processes during the colonial and post-independence periods, and assesses both state and non-state interventions which aim to transform regional livelihoods. We will look at the long-term evolution of livelihood thinking; the contemporary utility of livelihood as concept and practice; the changing contexts, under the influence of processes like globalisation, modernity and environmental change, for pursuing regional livelihoods; and the structure and dynamics of livelihood systems, practices and outcomes, using selected case study examples. We will pay particular attention to processes of livelihood diversification and associated strategies of mobility and multilocality, including trans-nationality and the deployment of diasporan network connections. The module will involve individual/group research on the background to, and nature and impact of, specific development interventions aiming to promote secure and sustainable livelihoods.

Optional modules available from the Department of African Studies and Anthropology include:

Advanced Perspectives on Africa
African Literature and Post-colonial Critical Theory
Contemporary Gender Issues in Africa
History and Politics of Southern Africa
Media and Popular Culture in Africa
Modern Ghana
Research Skills and Methods in African Studies
The Social Life of the Economy
Trajectories of Emancipation in Twentieth Century West Africa
West Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade
Detailed module descriptions of DASA modules
Modules available from the International Development Department include:

Aid Management
Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction
Conflict in Developing Countries
Development Management
Development Politics
Gender and Development
Governance and State Building in Developing Countries
Introduction to Development Projects
Introduction to Disaster Management
Non-Governmental Organisations in a Changing International Context
Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development
Poverty and Inequality: Interventions and Approaches
Religion and Development
Rural Poverty and Development
Social Analysis of Inequality, Poverty and Development
Transforming Development for Sustainability
Urban Poverty and Development
Detailed descriptions of International Development Department modules

Salidas profesionales

This programme will enable students interested in deepening their understanding of Africa to put their knowledge to work in international development, whether for government, NGOs, or media.

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