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Course summary

Develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes in the rapidly changing field of development and emergencies with our Development and Emergency Practice course. Explore the relationship between emergencies and development, with a core emphasis on practice. This course has an international reputation for excellence and is run by the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice. The course offers three sub-specialisations:

  • Human rights, emergencies and development
  • Disasters, risks, shelter and development
  • Conflict and Humanitarian Action.
You can shape this course to reflect your interests with optional modules. Investigate prevalent study themes:
  • Refugee experience, conflict transformation, humanitarianism and role of human rights
  • Global civil society, vulnerabilities caused by climate change and modern development
  • Design in development and emergency contexts.
This course is ideal for those with, or seeking, careers in:
  • NGOs
  • Humanitarian work
  • Or international development

Assessment method

Your learning will be grounded in theory, case studies and field based experience. You will develop intellectual knowledge and cultivate academic skills including:

  • synthesis
  • analysis
  • interpretation
  • understanding
  • judgement.
You will focus on your approach as a practitioner. Particular reference is made to:
  • the setting in which you work - for example poverty, conflict, power and vulnerability
  • the approaches you adopt - for example community mobilisation, aid and human rights advocacy
  • yourself - the personal motivations that drive and shape your vocation, personality and temperament
You will become a more self-aware, knowledge-based practitioner, able to work flexibly around a variety of problems in different situations. These include poverty, armed conflict and disaster.

Entry requirements

The programme is open to candidates who fulfil at least one of the following conditions: - hold a good honours degree in a related discipline such as anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, psychology and other social sciences, architecture, Law, public health, public administration. Other fields are also welcomed, for example, medicine, IT, communications, information systems etc. - hold a relevant recognised diploma or professional qualification (eg in architecture, planning, environmental psychology, public health, public administration) - are in their final year of studying a degree in any relevant discipline - have substantial and proven field experience.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component

If English is not your first language then, please see here for our requirements and accepted alternative English language qualifications

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5100* Year 1
Northern Ireland £5100* Year 1
Scotland £5100* Year 1
Wales £5100* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS