You will explore theories of development in historical context from 1945 up to the present day in a single compulsory module. The theories are then applied to contemporary development approaches and issues. Throughout, the emphasis is on you developing a critical understanding of the evolution of development theories over the last half century and its implications for present day thinking about development.
You can then select the remaining five modules to suit your own needs and interests. You could, for example, take modules in rural and urban poverty reduction, on conflict and development or gender and development. You could also take modules on project management, disaster management or governance. Many other modules are also available to choose from.
Each programme is taught by a team of multi-disciplinary specialists who work closely with you to address individual interests and concerns. Every student is allocated an academic tutor to support you in your academic progress throughout the year. The department has a long history of teaching students from across the world, and recent students have come from 99 different countries and a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds.
The International Development Department is well-regarded internationally by sponsors, donor agencies, governments and NGOs. Study with us to benefit from:
- Expertise in key issues and skills valued by employers
- A vibrant, welcoming community
- Individual overseas fieldwork or study visit included in fees (on-campus programmes)
- Flexible programmes and a wide choice of modules (part-time students also welcome)
- A diverse and international student body
- Strong support in study and English language skills
Why study this course?
The International Development programme is useful if you have not yet decided what specialist path to follow within the field. It will also give you the maximum possible flexibility in tailoring the programme to your own particular interests, by allowing you to choose five of the six courses that form part of the taught part of the programme.
The programme does not assume any prior knowledge of international development and we welcome applications from candidates who meet the admissions criteria.
The university offers a number of scholarships and bursaries for applicants.