International Development (Poverty, Inequality and Development) by distance learning MSc/PGDip

by Distance Learning

Start date
September
Duration
MSc: 2 - 4 years; Postgraduate Diploma: 18 months - 4 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught
Fees

£13,050 (Masters)
£8,700 (PG Diploma)
More Fees and funding details.

The core module aims to familiarise you with the key concepts and theories and with the changing roles of international development organisations and states in promoting international development.

The purpose of this course is to give those working in the area of poverty reduction and development in developing and transitional countries, or those wishing to work in such areas, a firmer grounding in understanding poverty and inequality, promoting poverty reduction and analysing the performance of major poverty reducing programmes and policies.

The emphasis throughout will be on encouraging you to reflect critically on what has worked well or not and why. You will select three optional modules (at 20 credits each) based on your individual interests and career aspirations.

You will be able to study from anywhere in the world with practitioners in government, civil society and the private sector, as well as with people new to development.

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Modules

This pathway is comprised of three core 20-credit modules and three optional 20-credit modules, along with a dissertation project as follows:

Core

Choice of optional modules (60 credits) – choose three modules from the following 20 credit modules:

Dissertation (60 credits, MSc only) – pursue in-depth research with support from a dissertation supervisor.  For distance learning students we recommend desk-based research.

The programme begins with a two week online induction module (non-accredited); and the dissertation work is preceded by a two week online research methods module (again, non-accredited).


The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees

Distance learning 2020-21
MSc programme fee (six 20 credit modules plus dissertation) £13,050
PG Diploma programme fee (six 20 credit modules and no dissertation) £8,700
Module fee (20 credits) £1,450
Dissertation fee (60 credits) £4,350

For our distance learning programmes, we do not distinguish between UK/EU and international studies. There is no differential fee.

The published annual tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is shown here, however, please be advised that tuition fees are liable to increase in subsequent years.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

The Postgraduate Student Loan has increased its maximum loan amount to £11,222 for courses starting on or after 1 August 2020 For more detailed information view our Postgraduate funding page.

The University of Birmingham is offering up to 200 awards of £2,000 through its  Masters Scholarship Scheme to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2020-21.

How To Apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

MSc/PGDip

  • An upper second class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US GPA is 3.2) or
  • A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with relevant work experience.
  • Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate’s work experience can be taken into consideration.

Learn more about entry requirements.

International Requirements



International Students

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:


IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 59 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

In delivering our distance learning programmes, we have drawn on lessons learned at Birmingham and by other academic institutions about how to provide effective distance learning and use a blended learning approach:

  • An intensive online induction programme is included to familiarise you with the web-based discussion boards, the online library facilities and the requirements of the programme
  • Required reading materials are provided electronically or in hard copy
  • Discussions and group activities take place within an online learning environment
  • You will benefit from interacting closely with other students and tutors even whilst separated by continents and time zones (we currently have students in Africa, the Caribbean, North America, South East Asia and Europe, including the UK)
  • Specific support for developing a dissertation proposal is provided prior to starting the dissertation project
  • We pride ourselves on strong administrative, academic and pastoral support for students

Our distance learning courses use a variety of teaching and assessment methods:

  • Electronic access to the University’s extensive e-library, containing e-journals, e-books and databases, delivered through the ResourceLists@Bham system
  • Where key readings and textbooks are not available electronically, hard copies are sent out to you by mail
  • Group online discussion activities (using Canvas, which is part of our ‘virtual learning environment’)
  • Individual reading and reflection
  • A dissertation supervised by an allocated academic supervisor

Each module takes 11 weeks to complete (with guided online discussions). The MSc does not include any face-to-face element.

The course is assumed to be part time, and you will study one module at a time.

Course requirements

IDD has designed its distance learning courses to be accessible for a working professional person and we have kept the technical requirements to a minimum. However, before you commit to distance learning, we recommend that you consider the following:

IT equipment: To complete a distance learning course successfully, you will need:

  • Extended access to a computer with Microsoft Word and Excel (students are eligible for free use of Office 365 during their studies) and an internet browser compatible with Canvas, such as Edge, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
  • Regular access to the internet for visiting the web-based discussion boards, e-mail and some online library research (whilst this is obviously easier with broadband, many students have participated successfully through a dial-up connection).

IT skills: You will find this course less challenging if you are already a confident internet user, although we are available extensively to coach you through becoming familiar with the web-based discussion format and to address other IT questions.

Time: This course requires that you read a good deal and regularly check into the web-based discussions during the 11 ‘live’ weeks of discussion for each module. If you are forced to miss some of the discussions for work or personal reasons, this can often be accommodated, but if you are regularly out of touch you will find it hard to complete the assignments to the required standard. Writing the assignments is also time-consuming.

Entry requirements and how to apply.

Career opportunities 

This programme is most relevant for people who have worked in governments, non-governmental organisations (either international, regional, national or local) or on donor-funded projects, as well as for recent graduates wishing to work for such organizations, who have some experience of developing countries.

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Currently more than 3,800 IDD alumni have taken their knowledge and experience to over 148 countries around the globe and are working in a variety of jobs in the public, private and voluntary sector.

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