University of Bath

Degree level: Postgraduate

International Development (Taught)

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Course summary

Develop the skills and understanding to tackle the global challenges of poverty, inequality, conflict, sustainability and social justice. Whether you are a graduate aiming to make a difference in the world, or a professional wishing to deepen your knowledge and critical thinking, our master's courses in International Development, could be for you. Engaged with current debates in policy and practice and grounded in interdisciplinary social sciences, you will develop the tools and confidence to work towards creative solutions that address practical problems in strategic ways. Four distinct pathways provide a choice of flexibility and breadth, or the chance to pursue a particular interest in greater depth. You will use innovative learning approaches to investigate particular cases and issues. These will draw out connections and contradictions between different actors and analytical perspectives, across global, regional, national and local scales. The opportunity of a placement, leading to a work-based project, will provide hands-on experience to complement classroom-based learning. Gain key skills You will leave the course with:

  • a critical understanding of the concepts and approaches used in international development and humanitarian action, and their strengths and limitations
  • practical skills in research, analysis and communication and an understanding of how these can be applied in work for social, economic and environmental justice in both global North and global South
  • the ability to analyse the complex interaction of social, economic, political and environmental factors in shaping problems and proposed solutions
  • rich experience of working with people from a wide range of disciplinary, professional and national backgrounds
Course pathways You have the choice of taking the interdisciplinary MSc or one of three specialist pathways. MSc International Development with Conflict and Humanitarian Action MSc International Development with Economics MSc International Development, Social justice and Sustainability Learning and teaching You will join the Department of Social & Policy Studies here at Bath. Our staff are all active in this field, research-led, and united in their commitment to finding better solutions to the world’s development problems. We encourage diversity of intake, in experience, qualifications and interests, to stimulate the richness of experience and learning.

Course details

Modules

This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2023 and ends in 2024. Welcome week starts on 25 September 2023. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. Units The total number of credits for the taught-stage is 60 credits, with most units being 12 Credits. A typical week would approximately average between 6-10 hours of classes or seminars a week depending on options taken. The dissertation or practicum (work-based project) are 30 credits. Compulsory course units These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Semester 1 Doing research for international development History and theory of international development Plus one optional unit Semester 2 Doing research for international development Management of international development Plus one optional unit Summer Either Dissertation or Practicum. Optional course units These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Semester 1 Economics for international development Social and environmental justice Conflict, development and peacebuilding Semester 2 Global political economy Humanitarianism The politics and practice of sustainability and wellbeing Education and international development for IEG

Assessment method

Blog Coursework Essay Policy brief Work-based placement Other


Entry requirements

British qualifications You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above. To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as politics, economics, anthropology, international relations, sociology, government studies, African, Latin American or South East Asian Studies or environmental studies. We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects, especially where you have relevant professional experience in international development. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree. If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English Language requirements. English language requirements IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course. If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.


English language requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees can be found on our web pages and are liable to increase annually. UK and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on tuition fees visit our web pages: http://www.bath.ac.uk/topics/tuition-fees/
International Development at University of Bath - UCAS