MA Global Development


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Program Description

MA Global Development

MA Global Development offers you ...

  • a flexible, cross-disciplinary programme
  • critical perspectives on theories and practices in global development
  • research-led teaching by staff who are practically engaged in their field of study and have extensive experience of teaching postgraduates
  • the stimulation of studying with a diverse group of students from around the world.

If you want to …

  • examine issues of global poverty and injustice
  • critically debate topical development issues
  • challenge and contest mainstream ideas on global development
  • combine theoretical discussions with learning practical skills in development research and management

... then consider MA Global Development.

MA Global Development is an introduction to the cross-disciplinary field of global development. It provides an overview of alternative theoretical approaches in the analysis of development, and examines their differing policy and practice implications, with a particular focus on low and mid-income country contexts.

The course is an opportunity to learn about and analyse the major socio-economic and political changes that have characterised global development in recent decades. It offers debate and insight into topical issues in a rapidly changing field, combining theoretical analyses with a detailed discussion of how theories and strategies affect people and impact on poverty and well being in specific local contexts.

You will learn development research skills, whether from a programme or advocacy perspective and explore the principles of project management. You will learn practical skills such as how to run a focus group, undertake a stakeholder analysis, write a project proposal, develop a monitoring and evaluation framework, and prepare a budget.

This interdisciplinary course is a well-established programme that attracts a large and diverse group of international students. Many are mid-career professionals seeking time out to reflect; others seek the disciplinary expertise they will need to take up a career in development – perhaps within a government department, the non-government sector, the agency world or activism.

Programme content

Compulsory Modules

Global Inequalities and Development provides you with an understanding of why and how the world’s inequalities produce advantages and disadvantages in development. You will cover economic, social, and political inequalities to lay the foundation for discussions about poverty, dispossession, food, environment and aid. You will also explore how social movements in the global south claim rights and thereby challenge global inequalities.

Development Management Techniques reviews the main elements of preparation, management and evaluation of development projects, with examples taken from social, environmental and natural resource development areas. You will study both the theoretical and analytical principles of Project Cycle Management including management by objectives, project logic, Logical Frameworks, budgetary submission and financial management.

Research Methodology for Development is a workshop module and will introduce you to the logic and parameters of the research process. You will examine the relevance of both qualitative and quantitative data and evidence, along with issues of practicality, ethics and epistemology in the research process. You will also develop practical skills in a range of Participatory Rapid Appraisal methods, such as mapping and ranking, as well as conventional qualitative research techniques including questionnaires, focus groups and oral histories.

Global Development Dissertation leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in development studies through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree to a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000-word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information and appraise relevant concepts and theories.

Optional Modules

You will also study two of the following optional modules:

  • Africa in the Contemporary World
  • Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
  • Democracy and Development
  • Education in Development
  • Gender, Globalisation and Development
  • Global Justice
  • Global Politics of Health: Power and Inequity
  • International Political Economy
  • Political Economy of Resources and Development
  • The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
  • The Rise of China
  • Chinese Politics
  • China’s Development
  • Religions and Global Development

Please note module options may be subject to change.

Last updated Feb 2020

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