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MSc Development Studies

About the MSc programme

No field in contemporary social science is more challenging and exciting than the study of development – the processes involved in overcoming poverty and creating healthy, wealthy and sustainable societies. The MSc in Development Studies provides students with a high quality academic training in development studies using contemporary theory in the social sciences to understand the processes, policy and practice of development.

A full-unit core course in Development: History, Theory and Policy introduces you to the theories and historical experience of development, as well as cutting-edge policy debates. The course provides you with a strong foundation to engage with the economic, political and social dimensions of development policy and practice. You will also choose from a wide range of optional courses within the School to deepen or broaden your disciplinary training, or take up the advanced study of a particular region of the developing world.

The programme brings together students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, and recent graduates have gone on to work in government, international development agencies, NGOs, as well as development consultancies and think tanks, or to PhD study.

Programme details

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Development Studies in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have gained employment in government, international development agencies, international and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international and local private firms, development consultancies and think-tanks, or have gone on to obtain PhDs in development studies or other social science disciplines.

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Application code: Y2U6 (check availability)

Start date: 21 September 2017

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline with social science or humanities an advantage (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: Not required but will be considered if submitted

Fee level: UK/EU £13,008 (provisional EU); overseas £20,112

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support).

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions

Intake/applications in 2016: 99/688

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