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Course summary

Overview Take on the challenge of social development issues such as vulnerability, cultural complexity, resilience, gender inequality, social exclusion and justice, and education policies for development. These important topics are at the forefront of global development goals, and on the agendas of key international development agencies such as Oxfam, bilateral development agencies, the UN and the World Bank. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about theory, analytical skills and practice and policy, all of which inform global work towards appropriate and effective social development interventions. You’ll also be able to acquire professional skills by taking one or more of our professional training workshops. Students graduate from this MA with the skills to work in a range of social development fields and organisations, from the community to international levels. 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 You will tackle fascinating questions and challenges in your degree including: Why do micro-credit interventions often contribute to continuing social inequalities? How does responsibility for climate change become politicised? What social changes explain rising levels of witchcraft accusations across many societies, and how can social development practitioners engage with these cultural practices? How can we, as social development practitioners, build interventions that can support people to reshape their lives and promote wellbeing? What roles should the state or civil society be playing in social development? The MA Global Social Development enables you to understand local and global challenges to people’s wellbeing, in order to better inform solutions. You’ll learn about success stories and positive development processes, which offer potential solutions to problems. The academics teaching on the course bring their current research into the learning sessions, so that you have the chance to study at the cutting edge of research and new knowledge. The course often analyses social development issues and interventions at the community level, focusing on the social actors on the ground who might be implementing or ‘receiving’ the intervention’s resources. Only by examining how and why people respond to interventions can we understand the effects or outcomes of interventions. Whichever topics or themes you wish to focus your learning and expertise on, you’ll be able to tailor and build your degree from the wide range of optional modules available to you – allowing you to make your mark. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


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Assessment method


Entry requirements

Good social sciences degree, 2.1 or equivalent required; candidates from other disciplines are considered; all applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 5.5 in all skills), or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9650 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9650 Whole course
Scotland £9650 Whole course
Wales £9650 Whole course
International £19800 Whole course

Additional fee information

If you are a postgraduate student on a part-time course please assume a 50% fee of the equivalent full-time course per year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking. Module fees are subject to incremental increases for any subsequent years of study. Please enquire within the faculty admissions office to find out whether a part-time option is available for your course.

Sponsorship information

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

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