Study from anywhere in the world with practitioners in government, civil society and the private sector, as well as with people new to development.
An upper second class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US GPA is 3.0) or
A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with relevant work experience.
Adequate capacity in written and reading English. For those whose first language is not English, evidence of this capacity is required. Applicants should reach at least level 6.5 in the IELTS.
Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate’s work experience can be taken into consideration.
The broad purpose of this programme is to give those working in the area of poverty reduction and development in developing and transitional countries, or those wishing to work in such areas, a firmer grounding in understanding poverty and inequality, promoting poverty reduction and analysing the performance of major poverty reducing programmes and policies.
This pathway is comprised of three core 20-credit modules and three optional 20-credit modules, along with a dissertation project as follows:
Critical Approaches to Development (20 credits)
Development Politics (20 credits)
Social Analysis of Poverty and Development (20 credits)
Choice of optional modules (60 credits) – choose three modules from the following 20 credit modules:
Conflict in Developing Countries
Disability and Development (Distance Learning)
Introduction to Development Projects
Managing Public Money
NGOs in a Changing International Context
Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development
Public Management and Leadership
Public Sector Reform and Development
Rural Poverty and Development
Urban Poverty and Development
Dissertation (60 credits, MSc only) – pursue in-depth research with support from a dissertation supervisor. For distance learning students we recommend desk-based research.
The programme begins with a two week online induction module (non-accredited); and the dissertation work is preceded by a two week online research methods module (again, non-accredited).
This programme is most relevant for people who have worked in governments, non-governmental organisations (either international, regional, national or local) or on donor-funded projects, as well as for recent graduates wishing to work for such organizations, who have some experience of developing countries.
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