MSc/PGDip International Development by distance learning

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)
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Our MSc in International Development by distance learning course will provide you with an understanding of the evolution of thinking and practice in international development over the last fifty to sixty years.

COVID-19

Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Information for future students and applicants

The core module on the International Development by distance learning course aims to familiarise you with the key concepts (eg development and poverty) and theories (eg modernisation, dependency, neo-liberalism and the ‘crisis’ in development theory) and with the changing roles of international development organisations and states in promoting international development (eg through aid, trade and fiscal, monetary and social policies).

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

Specialist pathways

 

Postgraduate Progression Awards - £1500

Already an undergraduate student at the University of Birmingham? Continue your postgraduate degree with us and receive a a £1500 discount. Apply by 10 September 2020.

Apply for the Postgraduate Progression Award

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Modules

This main pathway is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose five out of the six 20-credit modules from a list of options:

Choice of optional modules (100 credits) – choose five 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.

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 Grade Point Average is 3.2) or
  • A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent work experience.
  • Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate’s work experience can also be taken into consideration.

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 tends to recruit studentswho are either currently working for, or plan to work for, ngos, aid donors,the public service sector, etc.

Alumni

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.

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