Global Development at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS

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Course summary

Overview On this MA, you’ll benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to international development, drawing from areas such as politics, economics, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, geography, and environmental science. You’ll discover the importance of understanding the historical context when trying to make sense of current development challenges. You’ll also discover how to fully get to grips with international development issues by viewing them as a complex interrelation between society, economics, politics and the environment. You’ll be able to tailor your studies to your interests and ambitions, choosing from a large range of modules within and beyond the School of International Development. You’ll also choose whether to write a dissertation or do a summer placement – so there are plenty of opportunities to shine. Not only will you gain comprehensive knowledge of your subject, but you’ll also build the necessary skills for a successful and effective career in the field, and/or PhD study. Please note we are changing our name to the School of Global Development from 1 August 2023, as we mark our 50th Anniversary. About This Course On this course, you'll cover the key issues in global development within the context of contemporary changes affecting the globe, from social, economic, historical, political and environmental standpoints. You’ll learn to ask, and propose answers to, questions about the origins and persistence of poverty, inequality, illiteracy, gender and racial discrimination, oppression, environmental change, unequal economic growth and much more. You’ll address how international development has been shaped by discussions such as the state vs. market debate, by processes such as neoliberalism, globalisation and urbanisation, by intellectual frameworks such as the basic needs, human development and the capability approaches, and by moral dilemmas such as cosmopolitan and intertemporal justice. You’ll consider the long-term processes which have affected progress across the world. You’ll also discover the main theoretical and pragmatic approaches that have shaped international development since World War II. You’ll learn to critically analyse different development patterns and pathways, as well as exploring the causes and effects of recent trends in major development areas. You’ll become familiar with concrete case studies of problems affecting developing areas and evaluate possible policies and strategies at both national and international levels to overcome these problems. Most importantly, you’ll develop the ability to think critically about development issues. This will be enhanced by insider perspectives on our lecturers’ own research findings within a wide range of areas. You’ll have the option of doing a work placement instead of writing a standard MA dissertation during the summer, of the duration of around 8 weeks (exact duration may vary). In this case, you'll carry out a more practical activity and write a reflective report on this experience (considerably shorter than the average dissertation). You'll be supported by us in finding a placement, which can take place in a range of organisations (from large international organisations to research centres, government agencies or NGOs, to name a few). Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


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Entry requirements

Degree classification: Bachelors degree – 2.1 or equivalent  Degree subject: Social Sciences Preferred. CV required.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with minimum 6.0 in Writing & Speaking and 5.5 in Listening & Reading.

English Foreign Language: Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):  Test dates should be within 2 years of the course start date. We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £10150 Whole course
England £10150 Whole course
Northern Ireland £10150 Whole course
Scotland £10150 Whole course
Wales £10150 Whole course

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.

Sponsorship information

UEA offers a limited number of scholarships each year to qualified international students; these awards are based on academic merit.

Global Development at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS