This is a very innovative programme taught by staff in one of the world leading centres in this field. The programme is taught very much from a development perspective rather than an international relations view, which opens up a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches to participants.
We also recognise that we have a lot of post-experience students on this programme who have different demands and requirements from a Masters course. We very much welcome the participation of these students as a way to add important first-hand experience to the modules.
At the same time, students coming straight from their first degree gain a lot from IDD staff and fellow students not only through learning in the classroom but also through the life of IDD itself and from the fieldwork as part of the dissertation. Although we are research led in our approach, IDD staff are all regularly engaged in policy discussions and activities ranging from discussing cholera on Haiti with the UN in New York, through to investigating witchcraft and beliefs in Africa and supporting the peace process in Nepal. We embrace an approach that marries practical experience with theoretical rigour.