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MSc in Development Studies

Programme Code: TMDV

Department: International Development

For students starting this programme of study in 2021/22

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

Full-year programme. Students must take courses to the value of three full units and a dissertation as shown.

Students who choose to concentrate their electives and dissertation in a certain topic area may elect to have a specialism in "African Development”, “Population Studies” or "Applied Development Economics" attached to their degree certificate and transcript. To obtain the specialism indication, students must meet the criteria below.

African Development: students must take DV418 and DV435, and their dissertation topic must be approved as being appropriate for this specialism.

Population Studies: students must take DV444 and DV456, and their dissertation topic must be approved as being appropriate for this specialism.

Applied Development Economics: enrolment capacity is limited and may be based on performance on a pre-quiz which will enable students to take at least two of DV490, DV491, DV492, and their dissertation topic must be approved as being appropriate for this specialism.

If no such election is made, the degree certificate will state “Development Studies” without further specification.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Paper 1

DV400 Development: History, Theory and Policy (1.0) #

Paper 2

DV410 Research Design and Dissertation in International Development (1.0)


MY410 Fundamentals of Research Design for International Development (0.0)


DV445 Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice (0.0)

Papers 3 & 4

Courses to the value of 2 unit(s) from the following: A


AN451 Anthropology of Politics (0.5)


AN456 Anthropology of Economy (1): Production and Exchange (0.5)


AN457 Anthropology of Economy (2): Transformation and Globalisation (0.5)


DV407 Poverty (0.5)


DV411 Population and Development: an Analytical Approach (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


DV413 Environmental Problems and Development Interventions (0.5) #


DV415 Global Environmental Governance (0.5)


DV418 African Development (0.5)


DV420 Complex Emergencies (0.5)


DV421 Critical Perspectives on Global Health and Development (0.5)


DV423 Global Political Economy of Development (0.5) #


DV424 International Institutions and Late Development (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


DV428 Managing Humanitarianism (0.5)


DV432 China in Developmental Perspective (0.5) #


DV433 The Informal Economy and Development (0.5)


DV434 Human Security (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


DV435 African Political Economy (0.5)


DV444 Global Health Challenges: Epidemics, Disease, and Public Health Response (0.5) #


DV447 Youth and Gendered Violence (0.5) #  (not available 2021/22)


DV453 International Development Consultancy Project (0.5)


DV454 Gender, labour markets and social change in the Global South: theory, evidence, public action (0.5)


DV455 Advocacy, Campaigning and Grassroots Activism (0.5)


DV456 Population, Health and Development: Evidence and Projections (0.5) #


DV457 Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes: Design, Implementation and Evaluation (0.5)


DV458 Key issues in Global Health and Development (0.5)


DV460 Bayesian Reasoning for Qualitative Social Science: A modern approach to case study inference (0.5) #


DV462 Forced Migration and Refugees (0.5)


DV463 Civil society, security and development (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


DV464 Democracy and Development (0.5)


DV472 Covid-19 pandemic: health, socio-economic and political implications for development (Special Topics in International Development) (0.5)


DV480 Revolution and Development (0.5) #


DV483 Information Communication Technologies and Socio-economic Development (0.5)


DV490 Economic Development Policy I: Applied Policy Analysis for Macroeconomic Development (0.5)


DV491 Economic Development Policy II: Microeconomic Analysis (0.5) #  (not available 2021/22)


DV492 Economic Development Policy III: Government Policy Analysis (0.5) #


EC428 Development and Growth (1.0) # B


EH446 Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia (1.0) #


GI407 Globalisation, Gender and Development (1.0) 1


GI409 Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction (0.5) 2


GI418 Feminist Economics and Policy: An Introduction (0.5) #


GI420 Globalisation, Gender and Development: Theorising Policy and Practice (0.5) 3


GV441 States and Markets (0.5)


GV483 Public Management Theory and Doctrine (0.5)


GV4C9 Globalization and Democratization in Southeast Asia (0.5)


GV4D3 Local Power in an Era of Globalization, Democratization, and Decentralization (0.5)


GV4K1 Opening Government: Transparency, Accountability, and Participation (0.5)


GY403 Contemporary Debates in Human Geography (0.5)


GY420 Environmental Regulation: Implementing Policy (1.0)


GY431 Cities, People and Poverty in the South (0.5) #


GY432 Urban Ethnography (0.5)


GY438 Urban Asia: Cities and Social Change (0.5)


GY447 The Economics of Regional and Urban Planning (0.5) # C


GY459 Urban Theory and Policy in the Global South (0.5)


GY465 Concepts in Environmental Regulation (0.5)


GY473 Economic Development and the Environment (0.5) #


GY474 Politics of Environment and Development (0.5)


GY475 Issues in Environmental Governance (0.5)


GY480 Remaking China: Geographical aspects of Development and Disparity (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


IR418 International Politics: Asia & the Pacific (1.0) D  (not available 2021/22)


IR488 International Politics of Southeast Asia (0.5) E


LL4AW Foundations of International Human Rights Law (0.5) #


LL4AX Selected Topics in International Human Rights Law (0.5)


LL4B1 International Trade Law (0.5) #


LL4C2 World Poverty and Human Rights (0.5) #


MG460 Emergencies Management: Humanitarian Intervention and Digital Innovation (0.5)


MY425 Case Studies and Comparative Methods for Qualitative Research (0.5)


MY428 Qualitative Text and Discourse Analysis (0.5) #


PP448 International Political Economy and Development (0.5)


PP449 Comparative Political Economy and Development (0.5)


SP415 Urbanisation and Social Policy in the Global South (0.5) # F


SP436 Basic Education for Social Development (0.5) #  (not available 2021/22)

Prerequisite Requirements and Mutually Exclusive Options

1 : GI407 can not be taken with GI409, GI420

2 : GI409 can not be taken with GI407, GI420

3 : GI420 can not be taken with GI409, GI407


A : The International Relations (IR) Department permits non-IR students to take only one option from those prefixed "IR". Access is not guaranteed for any option.

B : Entry to this course may be restricted.

C : Entry to this course may be restricted.

D : Entry to this course may be restricted.

E : Entry to this course may be restricted.

F : Course designed for those with a minimum of one year's practical working experience in developing countries; seminars draw extensively on students' own experience. Entry may be restricted. Interested students should attend lectures and consult the lecturers.

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.