MSc International Development with Conflict and Humanitarian Action

General

Program Description

Develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary development issues, and gain the specialist skills to work in peacebuilding, conflict analysis and humanitarian response.

Whether you are a graduate aiming to pursue development or humanitarian career in conflict-affected regions, or a professional wishing to deepen your knowledge and critical thinking, this course is for you.

The course addresses the core global challenges of conflict and humanitarian crisis and explores a variety of tools and approaches for responding to these contexts. Rooted in real-world practice and policy challenges, the course is founded on Bath’s expertise in international development. It uses innovative learning approaches to promote the in-depth investigation of cases and issues while drawing links across global, regional, national and local scales.

The course offers you the opportunity of a placement-based research project, providing hands-on experience to complement classroom-based learning.

You will leave the course with:

  • in-depth and interdisciplinary understanding of the theories and concepts that underpin contemporary humanitarian action and conflict response
  • a critical understanding of humanitarian, peacebuilding and development policy and practice
  • practical skills in research, analysis and communication and an understanding of how these can be applied to the fields of humanitarianism, conflict and development
  • rich experience of working with people from a wide range of disciplinary, professional and national backgrounds

Learning and teaching

You will join the Department of Social & Policy Studies here at Bath. We are ranked in the top 100 for Development Studies in the QS World University Rankings 2019.

Our staff are all active in this field, research-led, and united in their commitment to finding better solutions to the world’s development problems.

We encourage diversity of intake, in experience, qualifications and interests, to stimulate the richness of experience and learning.

Graduate prospects

Our international development courses provide an excellent grounding for careers in international development, humanitarian action, and working for social, economic and environmental justice in both global North and global South. They provide the core skills required in a range of policy, communication, advocacy, research and programmatic roles.

Graduates from similar courses have found jobs with organisations such as:

  • Economic Development Team Leader for the UK Department for International Development Palestinian programme in Jerusalem
  • Outreach Channel Director at Marie Stopes International
  • Humanitarian Policy Manager at Plan International
  • Microfinance Partnerships Manager at One Acre Fund
  • Regional Projects Manager at International Alert
  • Private Sector Development Adviser at the UK Department for International Development
  • Power Sector Policy Adviser at the UK Department for International Development
  • Chair of the South West International Development Network and Executive Director of the Development Studies Association

Other graduates have chosen to work for themselves and set up their own charities, while some have stayed in academia to complete doctoral studies.

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Course structure

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Full-time

Units

The total number of credits for the taught-stage is 60 credits, with most units being 12 Credits. A typical week would approximately average between 6-10 hours of classes or seminars a week depending on options taken. The dissertation or practicum (work-based project) are 30 credits.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Doing research for international development
  • History and theory of international development
  • Conflict, development and peacebuilding

Semester 2

  • Doing research for international development
  • Humanitarianism
  • Plus one optional unit

Summer

  • Either Dissertation or Practicum

Optional course units

These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

  • Management of international development
  • Global political economy
  • The politics and practice of sustainability and wellbeing
  • Education and international development for IEG

Part-time

Units

The total number of credits for the taught-stage is 60 credits, with most units being 12 Credits. The dissertation or practicum (work-based project) are 30 credits.

The course has 3 components, each of which comprises 2 units:

  • interdisciplinary international development
  • pathway-specific
  • research training

We recommend you take both interdisciplinary international development units in one year, and both pathway-specific units in the other. You will take the first research training unit in Year 1, and the second (Dissertation or Practicum) in Year 2.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Route 1: Interdisciplinary international development first

  • Year 1
    • History and theory of international development (semester 1)
    • Doing research for international development (semesters 1 and 2)
    • Optional unit (semester 2)
  • Year 2
    • Conflict, development and peacebuilding (semester 1)
    • Either Dissertation or Practicum (semesters 1 and 2)
    • Humanitarianism (semester 2)

Route 2: Pathway specific units first

  • Year 1
    • Conflict, development and peacebuilding (semester 1)
    • Doing research for international development (semesters 1 and 2)
    • Humanitarianism (semester 2)
  • Year 2
    • History and theory of international development (semester 1)
    • Either Dissertation or Practicum (semesters 1 and 2)
    • Optional unit (semester 2)

Optional course units

These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

  • Management of international development
  • The politics and practice of sustainability and wellbeing
  • Global political economy
  • Education and international development for IEG

Placement

As an alternative to writing a dissertation, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake an eight-week practicum (work-based project), working with an organisation involved in international development. You'll write a report reflecting on a particular area of professional practice.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops








Assessment

  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Online assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Portfolio
  • Practical work
  • Residential
  • Seminar
  • Thesis
  • Work-based placement
  • Written examination
  • Other

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‘International Development looks at how we can develop a better world and how global, national and local changes can be brought together to achieve this.’

Oliver Walton
Lecturer in International Development (2020)

Entry requirements

You will generally have a degree in social science, although students from other disciplines are also encouraged to apply. The course suits those who are new to international development or humanitarian response, and people already working in the field and wish to gain a higher qualification or take time out to reflect on their experience.

Academic qualifications

  • You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.
  • To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as politics, economics, anthropology, international relations, African, Latin American or South East Asian Studies or environmental studies.
  • We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience in international development.
  • We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.
  • If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English Language requirements.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Last updated Apr 2020

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