Fees and funding


For entry in September, fees are:

On-campus degrees

IDD taught postgraduate fees 2021-22

UK students

  • Full-time £10,260
  • Part-time £5,130

International students

  • Full-time £21,060

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 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.

Course information: IDD Masters degrees by distance learning

Research degrees:

Research degree fees 2021-22
Fee band Full time Part time
Home students £4,500* £2,250
International students (Band D) £19,440 -
*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 2021-22

Home students

  • Full-time £4,500
  • Part-time £2,250

International students (Band D)

  • Full-time £18,450

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 2020. 

Find out more about the scholarship and apply

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.

Commonwealth Scholarships 2019, by Distance Learning

MSc International Development (Conflict, Security and Development)

The University of Birmingham has been awarded five Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSCUK) for students joining the online MSc International Development (Conflict, Security and Development), commencing their studies in September 2019.  

Bursaries for IDD on-campus taught Masters programmes for 2020/21

In 2020-21, 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

Deadline for applications is Friday 12th June 2020.

Applications to be sent to Debra Beard, Postgraduate Administrator via email at 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