MSc Development Studies
Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.
Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.
Subjects Preferred: Social Science
Start of programme: September intake only
Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
Who is this programme for?
The programme attracts applications from students with a variety of academic and experiential backgrounds. We welcome applications from those who have worked in a broad field of development, but also from students without relevant work experience who can demonstrate a strong interest in, and understanding of, development issues. A good first degree in a social science is preferred.
Development Studies is a dynamic field concerned with processes of change in the South - social and economic, political and cultural - and the major policy challenges they present to efforts to overcome poverty and insecurity. This programme provides a solid interdisciplinary social science formation in development theory and practice and develops students’ capacities for independent and critical analysis.
- the meanings of development and the challenges it faces
- neoliberalism and its critiques
- industrialisation, labour and capital
- state failure, poverty and insecurity
- gender and class analysis
- NGOs, civil society and social movements
- globalisation, commodity chains and trade
- the agrarian question, peasantry and land
The MSc programme’s emphasis on transferable analytical skills has been of great benefit to the many graduates who have returned to or taken up, professional careers in development in international organisations, government agencies and non-government organisations. Students also benefit from the wide range of modules on offer, both within the Department and across the School, allowing them to create individualised interdisciplinary programmes.
Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.
All students take core modules, ‘Political Economy of Development’, ‘Theory, Policy & Practice’ and a ‘Dissertation in Development Studies’. Through these modules, students build their analytical skills and knowledge of the main issues and debates in Development Studies.
Students also take option modules, allowing them to specialise in particular areas of development and possibly using them to develop a dissertation on a related theme. By tying optional modules to their individual dissertation topic, students tailor their degree to suit their own interests and career development goals.
Students can take this programme part-time over 2 or 3 years. Students usually complete their core modules in Year 1 and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.
Students take the following THREE core modules:-
- Political Economy of Development 15PDSC002 (30 credits) Full Year
- Theory, policy and practice of development 15PDSC001 (30 credits) Full Year
- Dissertation in Development Studies 15PDSC999 (60 credits) Full Year
(1) Option Modules in the Department of Development Studies
Students choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List 1 and 30 credits from List 2 below:
- Agrarian Development, Food Policy and Rural Poverty 15PDSH026 (15credits) Term 1
- Aid and Development 15PDSH027 (15credits) Term 1
- Battlefields of Method: Approaches to International Development Research 15PDSC008 (30 credits) Full Year
- Borders and Development 15PDSH023 (15credits) Term 2
- Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 (15credits) Term 1
- Development Practice 15PDSH013 (15credits) Term 2
- Environment, Governance and Development 15PDSH050 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
- Extractive Industries, Energy, Biofuels and Development in a Time of Climate Change 15PDSH048 (15credits) Term 2
- Famine and food security 15PDSH022 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Fundamentals of research methods for Development Studies 15PDSH017 (15credits) Term 1
- Gender and Development 15PDSH010 (15credits) Term 1
- Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work 15PDSH024 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Global Health and Development 15PDSH051 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Issues in Forced Migration 15PDSH015 (15credits) Term 2
- Marxist Political Economy and Global Development 15PDSH053 (15credits) Term 2
- Migration and Policy 15PDSH029 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
- Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice 15PDSH031 (15credits) Term 2
- Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development 15PDSH054 (15credits) Term 1
- Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 (15credits) Term 2
- Security 15PDSH020 (15credits) Term 1
- The Working Poor and Development 15PDSH030 (15credits) Term 2
- Understanding Economic Migration: Theories, Patterns and Policies 15PDSH032 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Water and Development: Conflict and Governance 15PDSH049 (15credits) Term 2
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