Course summary

This course will give you a firm understanding of development theory in an international context, with a particular focus on how to bring theory into practice and build your practical expertise in a range of development disciplines.
The course aims to enhance your capacity to critically evaluate economic, political and social factors that are affecting the development policy environment, on a national and international level. Throughout this Master’s degree, you will develop management techniques and skills, and the ability to apply them in a development context.
Through empirical research and analysis, you will have the opportunity to develop specialist expertise in a particular aspect of development management.
The course is designed to prepare you for a career in development management with an international organisation, a non-governmental body or a government development agency. Our graduates are NGO programme officers, trade advisors, project managers, microfinance specialists and development consultants. Some of our graduates have also set up their own development charities or proceeded to PhD research and teaching.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study in this course.

Core modules

  • Current Issues in International Development

This module will track and highlight current issues within the field of international development, and challenge you to engage in critical analysis of their socio-economic impact. It will also strengthen your ability to appraise their policy implications and sharpen your capacity to proffer effective and sustainable solutions in addressing such issues.

  • Development Economics and Policy

By exploring the concepts and theories that have been developed and applied by economists to the study of the problems of developing countries, this module explores the implications for the framing of development policy.

  • Human Resource Strategies for the International Manager

This module introduces you to the key human resource management concepts at international and national levels.

  • International Development Finance

This module will introduce new concepts in development financing techniques. You will acquire the skills to understand modern project financing techniques, enhancing your ability to effectively manage and complete development projects in the face of the ongoing global financial austerity threats.

  • Managing Data

This module will provide the necessary skills you will need to analyse and interpret development data and to use those skills to enhance the decision-making process.

  • Managing Development Interventions

This module will provide the conceptual and practical skills you will need to evaluate various tools and techniques appropriate for managing development interventions at regional and global levels. Using appropriate case studies, it will also provide you with the skills to appraise and manage national and international NGO-sponsored, government-sponsored and privately sponsored projects.

  • Project

An 8-10,000-word dissertation in the area of international development management.

  • Research Methods

You will acquire the skills necessary to complete your final year project. Essentially, this module will develop your competence in research design, information gathering and questionnaire structuring. It will also develop your understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and how they can be applied.

  • Optional modules

You can choose one option module from the University's postgraduate programme, subject to approval by the Course Leader. This gives the unique benefit of allowing you to choose according to your past academic studies, work experience or, perhaps, in line with your future career pathways or interests.

  • Accredited internship

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular among our students.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent) and demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area. Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years’ relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Directly relevant degree disciplines include business studies, economics, geography, management, and operations research. However, students with qualifications in other disciplines such as engineering, environmental sciences, the humanities and languages are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

Careers

Career path

The course will particularly suit those seeking to work within NGOs and the international development community (including the World Bank, IMF, central and development banks, and government economic planning directorates), as self-employed development specialists or consultants, or as trade attaché in foreign diplomatic offices.

Should you wish to complete the PRINCE2 project management qualification, this will also enable you to work with multinational corporations where, alongside good technical skills, an awareness of global development issues and challenges and the ability to think critically about the world are valued.

Graduates from the programme have worked as specialists advisers with top NGOs across the globe and as advisers with trade and economics departments in government offices. Others are currently working as development consultants, microfinance specialists and as advisors on United Nations-sponsored projects.

Career development centre

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With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course,
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience,
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability,
  • market yourself effectively to employers,
  • write better CVs and application forms,
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills,
  • plan your career with our careers consultants,
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year.
Program taught in:
English

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Last updated April 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
Duration
1 year
Full-time
Price
12,500 GBP
international - UK/EU:£9,000 (per academic year)
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