Global Social Development at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS

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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. You’ll 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’ll 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?
This MA Global Social Development course 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. This 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

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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
International £21200 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 to qualified UK, EU and international students each year; these awards are based on academic merit.

Global Social Development at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS