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Would you like to develop the specialist skills and knowledge required to work in a range of careers across the international development sector?

The MSc International Development will equip you with a critical and up-to-date understanding of the field of international development.

The course attracts students from a wide variety of professional and disciplinary backgrounds including government, the private sector and NGOs. It is also popular with continuing students from undergraduate subjects including social sciences, law, human geography, physical geography, business and other subjects.

You will engage with contemporary debates on the issues that are currently defining the sector, whilst critically examining key international development policies, theories, strategies and practices. You will also analyse the operation of development organisations, and the ways in which individuals and communities experience and challenge poverty and marginalisation.

As part of your dissertation, you will have the opportunity to undertake a research placement to allow you to apply your knowledge in a real-world environment. You will also have the opportunity to engage with development practitioners through talks and guest lecturers.

This course is delivered by our specialist teaching team, who draw on their extensive experience to ensure that you graduate with knowledge that is at the forefront of the sector.

Should you wish to find out further information you can contact the Programme Leader Dr Oliver Hensengerth, oliver.hensengerth@northumbria.ac.uk, +44 (0) 191 227 4267.


Would you like to develop the specialist skills and knowledge required to work in a range of careers across the international development sector?

The MSc International Development will equip you with a critical and up-to-date understanding of the field of international development.

The course attracts students from a wide variety of professional and disciplinary backgrounds including government, the private sector and NGOs. It is also popular with continuing students from undergraduate subjects including social sciences, law, human geography, physical geography, business and other subjects.

You will engage with contemporary debates on the issues that are currently defining the sector, whilst critically examining key international development policies, theories, strategies and practices. You will also analyse the operation of development organisations, and the ways in which individuals and communities experience and challenge poverty and marginalisation.

As part of your dissertation, you will have the opportunity to undertake a research placement to allow you to apply your knowledge in a real-world environment. You will also have the opportunity to engage with development practitioners through talks and guest lecturers.

This course is delivered by our specialist teaching team, who draw on their extensive experience to ensure that you graduate with knowledge that is at the forefront of the sector.

Should you wish to find out further information you can contact the Programme Leader Dr Oliver Hensengerth, oliver.hensengerth@northumbria.ac.uk, +44 (0) 191 227 4267.


Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
28 months part-time
3 other options available

Department
Social Sciences

Location
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2019 or January 2020

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This course examines a wide range of subjects such as conflict and security, civil society and non-government organisations (NGOs), the impacts of rising economic powers, gender, the environment and resource conflicts, advocacy and citizenship.

On graduation you will be able to understand and critically engage with key development theories, tools and techniques, including participatory methodologies, rights-based approaches and monitoring and evaluation strategies.

This course is delivered via interactive workshops, involving a mixture of small group discussion, lectures, and seminar activities, which are further supported by networking and placement opportunities.

The assessment methods utilised on this course have been specifically developed to prepare you for employment, and incorporate the writing of funding bids, policy briefs, and academic poster presentations. Traditional essays and a dissertation also form part of the assessment process.

If you choose to do a placement, you will have the opportunity to develop your own real-world research project together with a development organisation.

Profiles / Current Students

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This course is delivered by a team of internationally-recognised academics with extensive experience in international development research and practice across the global South.

Our staff research specialisms and diverse range of national and international practitioner links will further enhance your learning experience.

In addition to the teaching delivered by our team, you will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures and seminars with experts who are currently working within the industry, and who will share their first-hand experience of what it’s like to work in the sector.

The MSc International Development is embedded in the Centre for International Development, which provides additional opportunities for real-world engagement with key organisations and individuals.

Teaching Staff

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When studying the MSc International Development course you will be part of the Centre for International Development – a vibrant, multidisciplinary virtual research centre that provides an engaging, supportive and research-rich learning environment.

The Centre brings together academics, practitioners and students to promote research, consultancy, teaching, training and public engagement on issues of global poverty and inequality, the communities and individuals who experience this, and the policies, practices and approaches that seek to address it.

Technology is embedded throughout all areas of this course. Learning materials such as module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists are available via our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard. You can also access student support and other key University systems through your personal account.

Facilities / Centre for International Development

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When studying the MSc International Development course you will benefit from our multidisciplinary teaching team’s cutting-edge research experience which they bring into the classroom through case studies, problem-solving activities and group discussion.

Research is integrated into all aspects of teaching and each member of our team boasts their own individual specialisms, in subjects such as environmental governance and development; natural resource conflicts, including anti-mining activism; public engagement and development education; cosmopolitanism and global citizenship; wellbeing and development; international volunteering; transnationalism, migrant mobilities and their impacts on development. Staff research expertise spans Africa, Asia and Latin America.

All members of the MSc International Development teaching team are internationally recognised academics who publish in high impact international journals and regularly receive research funding from prestigious organisations such as the ESRC, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Newton Fund.

You are also encouraged to undertake your own research projects to further aid your learning and will have the opportunity to engage with development organisations such as Traidcraft, Team Kenya, and COCO, as well as development NGOs working in India and Latin America.

“Our relationship with the MSc International Development programme at Northumbria University gives COCO the opportunity to tap into the minds of students who are up to speed on current development thinking and possess the drive and determination to help us expand our research.”

Lucy Philipson, CEO of COCO

Research / Centre for International Development

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This course has been designed to enhance your employability in international development practice, and you’ll be offered bespoke career support.

Our graduates are able to work in a broad range organisations such as charities and third sector organisations, UK and international government agencies, NGOs and international organisations. They may also wish to pursue careers in research, consultancy or to launch their own NGO.

Throughout your studies you will engage in real-world research and problem-solving, developing the practical skills required for a successful career in this sector. You’ll have the option to base your dissertation on field work, providing you with industry contacts and valuable experience of international development in a real-world environment.

Our graduates are able to work in a broad range organisations such as charities and third sector organisations, UK and international government agencies, NGOs and international organisations. They may also wish to pursue careers in research, consultancy or to launch their own NGO. Continuing on to doctoral study and a career in academia is also an option.

Former graduates have gone on to work for national and international organisations including Barnardo’s, Leprosy Mission, International Service, UTSAAH Initiative, the Barzani Charity Foundation, or they have set up their own NGOs, while others have taken up PhD studies.

Alumni

Our graduates are making an impact on a global scale. Discover what happened next for these former MSc International Development students.

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Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

Standard entry is normally with a 2:2 honours degree or international equivalent, or relevant equivalent experience.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below.

    • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5
    • Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

    The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or relevant work experience.

International qualifications
 
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry
 
English Language requirements

 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
 
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

Full UK Fee: £5,995

Full EU Fee: £5,995

Full International Fee: £13,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional, 0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

SO7001 -

Advanced Study Skills (Core, 0 Credits)

The learning and teaching strategy will employ a variety of methods that are appropriate for Level 7 students. The module will begin with a number of workshops that are aimed at preparing students for PGT study; reading, researching and writing in an intensive yet supportive format in the form of workshops, to develop these core academic skills. These sessions will draw on expertise from within and also outside the department, for example from the LRC, and be supported by student tasks to help provide practice at the skills required. The module will also focus on research skills to support the taught modules across the social science suite of programmes and address process issues associated with ethics approval, writing a research proposal and undertaking independent study. The module will utilise a range of staff expertise from within the Department of Social Sciences. This combination of teaching methods will introduce students to the full range of topics and skills required to be successful in undertaking postgraduate study.

More information

SO7006 -

Critical Development Thinking (Core, 30 Credits)

How can we explain the continued presence of poverty in many parts of the world? How does development happen? What does development actually mean? This module will critically debate theories of development and the roles of key actors including international organisations, the state, transnational civil society, NGOs and local communities. This will include the different and often contrasting and contradictory roles these actors play, and the ways in which this is captured in different approaches to development theory.

The module will begin by examining post-development theory and the different propositions that were made to overcome the ‘development impasse’ between the traditional development theories espoused after World War II (modernisation theory, dependency theory and World Systems Theory). The module then goes on to explore the meaning of development and ideas of Orientalism, before examining the mainstream neoliberal development project. The module will then engage with a range of critical responses to development, including postcolonialism, the work of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum and the capabilities approach; alter-globalization; cosmopolitanism;and feminist approaches to theorising development, as well as alternative theoretical approaches coming from the Global South.

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SO7007 -

Changing Geopolitics and New Development Actors (Core, 30 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the key contemporary experiences, policies and debates that characterize international development in a time of significant geopolitical change and shifting relationships. The module will enable you to develop cutting edge and nuanced analyses of the changing landscape of international development, and to locate a range of important actors in the global development arena. The module is split into a number of thematic blocks: 1) an analysis of historical relationships between aid and development, and the predominance of western development agendas and approaches; 2) an exploration of emerging power of BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), new forms of South-South cooperation, and the rise of private actors, and the implications for development theory and practice. This includes the rise of new forms of aid and ‘giving’, and new approaches to development; 3) the module will include a practical assessment ‘role play’ exercise which will apply your understanding of geopolitical change and its impacts, to a real-world case study.

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EF0126 -

Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional, 0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

More information

SO7001 -

Advanced Study Skills (Core, 0 Credits)

The learning and teaching strategy will employ a variety of methods that are appropriate for Level 7 students. The module will begin with a number of workshops that are aimed at preparing students for PGT study; reading, researching and writing in an intensive yet supportive format in the form of workshops, to develop these core academic skills. These sessions will draw on expertise from within and also outside the department, for example from the LRC, and be supported by student tasks to help provide practice at the skills required. The module will also focus on research skills to support the taught modules across the social science suite of programmes and address process issues associated with ethics approval, writing a research proposal and undertaking independent study. The module will utilise a range of staff expertise from within the Department of Social Sciences. This combination of teaching methods will introduce students to the full range of topics and skills required to be successful in undertaking postgraduate study.

More information

SO7002 -

Social Sciences Postgraduate Dissertation (Core, 60 Credits)

In this module you will demonstrate advanced and independent critical thinking skills about the research process and a specific, substantial topic of your choice. In doing so you will develop robust, coherent and substantiated, advanced academic arguments in an identifiable area of enquiry. There are a number of options for the dissertation: literature-based, empirical, or placement-based dissertations. In formulating, research, and writing your dissertation you will be guided by your dissertation supervisor. The dissertation is the culmination of your taught experience and will enable you to deploy the skills develop during the taught programme.

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SO7005 -

Development Research, Management and Practice (Core, 30 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the tools, techniques and approaches that shape development research and development practice.

The first part of the module will cover an overview of development research, a recap of the key techniques used to enable data collection, and an exploration of the challenges researchers engaged in international development face around research practicalities and ethics. You will, through a range of group activities, develop your own ability to plan research projects in the context of development practice.

The second part of the module will explore the tools, techniques and approaches that development practitioners’ use. These will include stakeholder analysis, needs assessment and monitoring and evaluation. This part of the module will also explore key debates around participatory methodologies and livelihoods approaches to development research and practice.

Each session will explore academic debates around the method, tool or technique as well as examples of those approaches in practice. Throughout the module you will actively engage in planning and developing research and practice interventions and will respond to real world challenges that development practitioners and researchers regularly face.

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SO7008 -

Contemporary Development Challenges (Core, 30 Credits)

What are some of the key problems in international development? How can we provide solutions for poverty, hunger, environmental degradation, health and sanitation? This module provides you with an opportunity to explore contemporary development challenges and to develop problem solving skills around real world issues.

The module will bring together the theory and methods part of the programme. Topics you will explore include – but are not limited to – poverty and inequality, hunger, health, sanitation or environmental degradation. You will learn about confliciting theories of solving these problems, contested debates about what poverty and inequality mean and how they are produced and who produces them, and what the best ways are to combat widespread problems such as hunger or environmental pollution.

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Study Options

The following alternative study options are available for this course:

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