Africa is one of the most important sites of international development interventions, and historically the site where much of the academic discipline of development studies was forged. This programme draws on the expertise of the University’s Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) and International Development Department (IDD) to provide an in-depth exploration of the relationship between development studies and Africa.
You will study two core modules:
- Critical Approaches to Development
- Livelihoods and Development in Africa
You will also choose four optional modules from a wide range within DASA and IDD. All DASA modules are assessed by coursework; IDD modules vary, and the mix of coursework and written examinations will depend on the options selected. [See below for more detail on available modules]
You will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation which combines interdisciplinary African studies with development studies.
Modules available from the Department of African Studies and Anthropology include:
- Advanced Perspectives on Africa
- African Literature and Post-colonial Critical Theory
- Contemporary Gender Issues in Africa
- History and Politics of Southern Africa
- Media and Popular Culture in Africa
- Modern Ghana
- Research Skills and Methods in African Studies
- The Social Life of the Economy
- Trajectories of Emancipation in Twentieth Century West Africa
- West Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade
- Yoruba Culture
Modules available from the International Development Department include:
- Aid Management
- Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction
- Conflict in Developing Countries
- Development Management
- Development Politics
- Gender and Development
- Governance and State Building in Developing Countries
- Introduction to Development Projects
- Introduction to Disaster Management
- Non-Governmental Organisations in a Changing International Context
- Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development
- Poverty and Inequality: Interventions and Approaches
- Religion and Development
- Rural Poverty and Development
- Social Analysis of Inequality, Poverty and Development
- Transforming Development for Sustainability
- Urban Poverty and Development
- Detailed descriptions of International Development Department modules
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2015/16 are as follows:
- Home / EU: £7,290 full-time, £3,645 part-time
- Overseas: £14,140 full-time
For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in year two of your programme.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.
Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments. Learn more about postgraduate tuition fees and funding.
Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme
For 2015 entry the University has 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups. These scholarships have been jointly funded by the British Government; the allocation of the awards, which is the fourth highest in the UK, further cements Birmingham?s place amongst the very best higher education institutions for postgraduate study. The application deadline is 31 July 2015.
You will need an Honours degree in humanities, social science or another relevant subject, normally of an upper second-class standard. Relevant equivalent study and/or experience will also be accepted.
Learn more about entry requirements
We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
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