This programme is concerned with the following questions: How can we create sustainable communities amidst widespread urban poverty and rapid urbanisation? How can the management of towns and cities contribute to socially inclusive development? The challenge is to develop policies and practices that will reduce urban poverty and create decent, sustainable living conditions for many of the world’s most neglected populations. The programme brings together the strengths of two departments in the University of Birmingham’s College of Social Sciences, the International Development Department and the Centre for Regional and Urban Studies (CURS). Issues examined include: key topics in urban governance and management; regional and urban change; poverty reduction in urban centres; analysis of urban governance, management and policy issues.
An upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US Grade Point Average is 3.0) or
A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent work experience.
Adequate capacity in written and spoken English (More information).
Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate´s work experience can also be taken into consideration.
A lower second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field is normally required. However, work experience can also be taken into consideration.
Adequate capacity in written and spoken English.
We accept a range of qualifications.
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
The programme is designed for recent graduates preparing to work in international development and for professionals working for NGOs, donor or government funded development programmes
This specialised pathway comprises the following modules:
Compulsory core modules:
20 credits - Critical Approaches to Development
20 credits - Urban Poverty and Development
20 credits - Urban Regeneration and Renewal
60 credits - Dissertation - you focus in depth on a topic of particular interest, with support from a dissertation supervisor (MSc only)
40 credits from the following:
20 credits - Aid Politics and Policy
20 credits - Conflict in Developing Countries
20 credits - Conflict Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction
20 credits - Development Management
20 credits - Development Politics
20 credits - Disability and Development
20 credits - Gender and Development
20 credits - Governance and State Building in Developing Countries
20 credits - Human Resources / Managing People in Times of Global Changes
20 credits - Introduction to Development Projects
20 credits - Introduction to Disaster Management
20 credits - Making Policy
20 credits - Managing Public Money
20 credits - Non-Governmental Organisations in a Changing International Context
20 credits - Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development
20 credits - Poverty Inequality Interventions and Approaches
20 credits - Public Economic Management
20 credits - Public Management and Leadership
20 credits - Public Sector Reform and Development
20 credits - Religion and Development
20 credits - Rural Poverty and Development
20 credits - Social Analysis of Inequality, Poverty and Development
20 credits - State and City in Europe and Asia
20 credits - Transforming Development for Sustainability
Optional modules from the School of Government and Society are also available (subject to departmental policies). See the module choices in:
Department of Political Science and International Studies
Institute of Local government Studies
The programme is designed for recent graduates preparing to work in international development and for professionals working for NGOs, donor or government funded development programmes.
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