Graduates from this programme have gone on to work within a wide range of development agencies, including NGOs (local and international), civil society organisations, government departments and the UN agencies. Those already working as development professionals have frequently progressed to more senior positions.
While our degrees are tailored to a career in development, the skills taught are also highly transferable to other sectors. For example, past students such as Immy Kaur and Alexis Kiray have gone on to work in academia, the civil service, business and the armed forces.
Hear from current students
Winfred Kiranga (Conflict, Security and Development)
I joined Birmingham as a distance learning student in 2020. What I love the most about the program is the flexibility it allows busy career individuals who are also juggling family life. The support network accorded to older students is exemplary especially when that work-school-life balance isn’t balancing anymore.
What I have learnt is how to help my community mitigate conflict around natural resources from a citizen's point of view. The modules covered have allowed me to interrogate the role of civic engagement in development practices.
One word to describe my experience, is “rousing”.
Growing up in a country that has been affected by conflicts, civil wars and genocide motivated me to become a development practitioner working in the most vulnerable places.
As a distance learner in an MSc in International Development at the University of Birmingham (UoB), I am able to critically discuss contemporary theories of conflicts, post-conflict reconstruction and development and apply them in a real context.
My tutors have been helpful in terms of communicating feedback on assignments. I particularly enjoy the online discussions boards where we can share ideas and learn more about what our colleagues are doing and their perspectives on issues. The tutors challenge you to think critically and to go the extra mile to ensure whatever work you produce academically is based on fact and can be substantiated!
The University challenges students to go to greater and even significant heights with effort. I have certainly grown professionally and personally!
Fartun Hassan Mohamud
The University of Birmingham was my choice at the beginning, it provided me with lots of support, especially in terms of reshaping my way of thinking and aligning my ideas and perspective to the global world.
Working in an INGO and the UN world, Birmingham also contributed through connecting me to the global students who are also part of this humanitarian arena, enabling me to become part of the solution through sharing my concepts and experiences on the global issues we are currently facing.
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.
See what some of our alumni are doing now and what they thought about studying with us at IDD.