Fees and funding


For entry in September, fees are:

On-campus degrees

IDD taught postgraduate fees 2018-19
  Full time Part time
Home/EU students £9,000 £4,500
Overseas students £16,290 -

All of IDD's on-campus taught Masters programmes enable students either to carry out individual fieldwork in a country and on a topic of their choice or to take part in an organised study visit. Funding for this overseas study is included in the programme fee.

Course information: IDD Masters degrees

Distance learning degrees

Distance learning 2018-19
  Full time
MSc programme fee £12,150
PG Diploma programme fee £8,100
PG Certificate programme fee £3,930

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

Course information: IDD Masters degrees by distance learning

Research degrees:

Research degree fees 2018-19
Fee band Full time Part time
Home/EU students £4,270* £2,135
Overseas students (Band D) £15,720 -
*Research fees also apply to combined research and taught programmes unless otherwise indicated.

PHD with Integrated study:

IDD PhD with Integrated Study 2017-18
Fee band Full time
Home/EU students £4,270
Overseas students (Band D) £15,720

PhD by Distance Learning:

PhD by distance learning 2018-19
Fee band Full time Part time
Home/EU students £4,270 £2,135
Overseas students (Band D) £15,720 £7,860

Research degree information:

Note: For the most up-to-date information on fees, please contact the Department directly.


The University has a number of awards for UK/EU and overseas candidates starting a one-year Masters programme, some of which are region- and country-specific scholarships. Interested candidates are strongly urged to apply. See the Postgraduate Prospectus - scholarships page.

To award outstanding achievement and to attract students of the highest calibre from around the world, the University of Birmingham is pleased to offer a number of international scholarships. Scholarships for international students.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation MSc in Governance and State-building

The International Development Department, University of Birmingham, is pleased to offer one scholarship for our MSc in International Development (Governance and State-building), for the academic year starting in September 2018. The scholarship is provided by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and is for a two-year programme, with the successful candidate undertaking the full MSc programme, with a one year internship being integral to the programme. The internship will consist of six months with IDD and six months with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in London.

The programme

The Governance and Statebuilding programme is one of the specialised streams within international development, and takes an interdisciplinary standpoint, combining the theoretical rigour of political economy and the practical experience of development. The good governance agenda occurs now increasingly alongside debate on state-building, which encompasses issues such as accountability and transparency, corruption, conflict, political settlement, human rights, participation, access to justice and democratisation. Governance and state-building are of particular interest to governments, nongovernmental organisations and development agencies, as well as to a growing and vibrant academic community.

The pathway for the Foundation scholarship comprises the following modules:

  • International Development (20 credits)
  • Governance and State Building (20 credits)
  • One of the following four modules (20 credits)
  • Development Policy and Politics
  • Development in Practice
  • Conflict and Development
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development
  • Choice of optional modules (60 credits) – choose from over 25 IDD modules plus others from across the University. Dissertation (60 credits) – in depth focus on a topic of particular interest, with support from a supervisor. This may involve overseas fieldwork in a country chosen by the candidate.


The entry requirements consist of:

  • A first class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university.
  • Good written and spoken English. For those whose first language is not English, evidence of this capacity is required. Applicants should reach at least level 6.5 in the IELTS or 580 /93 for TOEFL. Please check the University website for more information on English language requirements.
  • Applicants must be African nationals domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Application process

Applications must be received through the University online application system, accessed via www.birmingham.ac.uk by 20 May 2018. In addition to the usual documents to be submitted, applicants should also upload a 500 word statement and CV. This statement should set out why the applicant is the best candidate for the scholarship. Applicants must then send an email to Mrs Debra Beard (d.l.beard@bham.ac.uk) informing her of their wish to be considered for the Mo Ibrahim Scholarship and their ID number. Please include ‘Mo Ibrahim Scholarship’ in the subject line of the email.

The scholarship

The scholarship includes:

1. Full tuition fee
2. Air fare to and from the United Kingdom and visa
3. Monthly stipend of £950 for 18 months
4. Arrival allowance of £950

The remaining six months for the internship will be funded directly to the successful candidate by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities available for MSc applicants from Commonwealth countries

IDD is pleased to announce that the University has secured two Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for 2018/19 study. The scholarships are available to study two of the MSc programmes offered by IDD: MSc Environment, Development and Politics and MSc Conflict, State building and Development.

One of the two scholarships is only available for these programmes and the other is available for other University programmes in addition to these two in IDD. Candidates must have an offer from the University to be considered for a scholarship.

Global Challenges scholarships

Current Global Challenges projects under the theme of 'Unintended consequences of aid'.   Applications will be open until 23 March 2018.

Bursaries for IDD on-campus taught masters programmes
- applications for 2018/19

Bursaries for IDD on-campus taught masters programmes - applications for 2018/19

In 2018/19, IDD will award up to two bursaries to UK / EU applicants to cover up to 50% of the successful applicants' tuition fees. Selection will be based on academic merit. If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please state this on your postgraduate application form and also submit:

  • A covering letter outlining why you are applying and why you should be selected as a bursary recipient
  • Your CV
  • Two references (at least one of the referees should be able to comment on academic performance). Please note that if you already have an offer of a place on one of the International Development Department programmes, you do not need to re-send these references.
  • A short essay, maximum 1500 words, on a topic of your choice related to poverty reduction, development, governance or public sector management

If you have already applied for a postgraduate course at IDD but wish to considered for the scholarship, there is no need to complete another application form. Please send your CV, a covering letter, two references and essay. Remember to clearly state your name, application ID number and which course you have applied for.

Applications should be received by IDD’s postgraduate office by Monday 14 May 2018.

Debra Beard - Postgraduate Administrator Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5034, Email: d.l.beard@bham.ac.uk

Bursaries for IDD degrees by research

The University has a number of awards for UK/EU and overseas candidates starting a one-year Masters programme for PhD study, some of which are region- and country-specific scholarships. Interested candidates are strongly urged to apply. More information on the Scholarships and grants page.

Other scholarships and bursaries at IDD

In-Country scholarships and government awards

The large majority of study fellows are funded by their own organisation, the British Council or an associated funding source.

Opportunities vary from country to country and the British Council is best placed to advise on potential funding opportunities for you. Contact details of all British Council offices can be found on the British Council website

Grant-making bodies

Many grant-making bodies have funds available for international students to undertake postgraduate study in the UK. Awards vary greatly according to the subject area and to the country of the applicant.

The Directory of Social Change provides a comprehensive guide to funding possibilities.

Donor agencies

Many bi-lateral and multi-lateral donor agencies offer awards for students to undertake postgraduate study in the UK. These include the World Bank, UN agencies such as UNICEF, UNESCO or UNDP, and the European Commission.

Many of these agencies have local offices and you are advised to address them first to ask about funding opportunities for students from your country.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

IDD is recognised by the British Economic and Social Research Council as a centre of excellence for postgraduate research and for training in research methods.

Eligible applicants may apply to the ESRC for funding to undertake research (+3) and should contact the ESRC directly for information.

(Please note that in order to be considered for an ESRC scholarship, you will need to be nominated by the School of Government and Society.)

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships

'Ambassadorial Scholarships, the Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. 

'The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.'

Rotary Foundation's Ambassadorial Scholarships