This degree is at the cutting edge of development theory, policy and management. It provides students with the critical and analytical skills to enable them to operate effectively in international development environments. Covering macro and micro level perspectives, the course offers rich insights into the challenges of contemporary development theory, policy and management. The course is structured around the compulsory core modules of International Development Theory and International Development Policy, with flexibility built in through the optional course units chosen by students to meet their own objectives and interests. The objectives of the course are to provide an integrated, cross-disciplinary framework for the postgraduate study of development. The unifying focus of the course is the analysis of strategies for overcoming poverty. Students will gain knowledge of different development paradigms and an awareness of their evolution. Students are encouraged to develop comparative perspectives (between different regions/countries, disciplinary approaches, schools of thought) and through individual study, seminars and written assignments to develop their knowledge and critical and analytical skills in this field.
Modules include: Issues in development theory; issues in development policy; dissertation in international development management. Option modules: project planning and management 1; project finance and appraisal; economic growth and development; strategic management in the public sector; fragile states and the security-development nexus; international politics and security studies; conflict resolution theory; introduction to African politics; human resource management and development; project planning and management 2; international economics; public policy analysis and management; natural resource governance, conflict and co-operation; applied conflict resolution skills; gender conflict and development.
An undergraduate degree (2.2 Honours or above) UK system or comparative result if outside UK. The University also gives serious consideration to applicants with non-traditional backgrounds and take relevant social science work experience into consideration. Level of English required for non-native speakers: IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent (with sub-tests not lower then 5.5).
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£7744*||Whole course|
|Republic of Ireland||£7744*||Whole course|
|Channel Islands||£19494*||Whole course|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
Additional fee information
Recognised by ESRC for pool awards; overseas students tend to be funded by the British Council, World Bank, European Union, employer and other aid organisations.