MA Development and Emergency Practice

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Program Description

MA Development and Emergency Practice

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

MA Development and Emergency Practice

This interdisciplinary, practice-orientated course offers a unique opportunity to combine the study of international humanitarianism, refugees and urban development.

The award-winning Development and Emergency Practice (DEP) course provides a unique academic setting for the study of international development, conflict, disaster management, urbanisation, humanitarianism and human rights. With its emphasis on practice, the course offers students the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in the rapidly changing fields of development and emergencies.

The programme attracts students from all around the world, and is targeted at those with, or seeking, careers in NGOs, bilateral or multilateral humanitarian, development and human rights agencies, or governmental and commercial organisations working in international development.

Course content

The programme is organised on a modular credit system. Modules combine taught activities and self-led study. A module of 20 credits, for example, approximates to 200 hours of student input, up to 40 hours of which will be devoted to lectures, seminars, or individual tutorials. The remainder of the time is devoted to self-led study.

For the postgraduate certificate it is compulsory to pass at least one of the modules Theory of Practice or Practice of Theory, and pass other modules to achieve a total of 60 credits. For the postgraduate diploma you must pass 120 credits from the taught modules, including both compulsory modules. For the MA you must gain at least 180 credits, including the dissertation.

Teaching learning and assessment

Teaching and learning strategies are grounded in theory, case studies and field based experience. The programme concentrates on the development of intellectual knowledge and the cultivation of academic skills including synthesis, analysis, interpretation, understanding and judgement. The programme also focuses on the practitioner’s approach, with reference in particular to:

  • the setting in which they work (poverty, conflict, power, vulnerability, capability, risk, urbanisation, environmental change and the history and dynamics of particular places, their people and their society)
  • the set of approaches they adopt (community mobilisation, aid, advocacy, governance, risk reduction, livelihoods, humanitarian protection, accompaniment and empowerment)
  • themselves (the personal motivations that drive and shape their own vocation, their particular personality, temperament, strengths, abilities and weaknesses).

The intention is that a deeper understanding of these factors will enable students to move beyond rigid professional boxes to become more self aware, knowledge based practitioners able to work flexibly around a variety of problems in different situations of poverty, armed conflict and disaster.

Entry requirements

The programme is open to candidates who fulfil at least one of the following conditions:

  • hold a good honours degree in a relevant discipline
  • hold a relevant recognised diploma or professional qualification (eg in architecture, planning, environmental psychology, public health, geography, public administration)
  • are in their final year of studying architecture or planning and are able to demonstrate their proficiency in written and design work
  • have substantial and proven field experience.

English language requirements

  • At least 6.5 in IELTS, with a minimum of 6.0 across all four components of the test
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
12 - 24 months
Part time
Full time
7,870 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom Oxford, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 12 - 24 months
Price 7,870 GBP
- UK and EU; £11,600 - Non-EU