MSc in International Development Practice

University of St Andrews

Program Description

MSc in International Development Practice

University of St Andrews

Course information

The MSc International Development Practice is a one-year interdisciplinary Masters degree designed to train students in both the theoretical and practical aspects of international development work.

Highlights

  • Combines exploration of key theoretical concepts in development studies with training in skills used by development practitioners.
  • Provides a substantial introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods for assessing development programmes.
  • Targeted at students intending to follow a career in international development, and the summer research project can be undertaken in collaboration with organisations involved in development work.
  • Interdisciplinary approach means you can explore a range of methodological approaches.

The programme emphasises practical skills which will be of particular value if you are looking to develop a career in international development. Specific attention is paid to training in data methods – familiarising students with the ways in which quantitative and qualitative data methods can be used to understand and improve the effectiveness of development programmes.

Practical components are, in part, taught through hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced development practitioners. The programme also features a discussion of different careers in development and a literature-based exploration of identity and development work.

Additionally, the summer research project has a strong practical focus. Subject to availability, projects may be undertaken in collaboration with an organisation involved in development work – allowing students to gain first-hand professional experience.

The MSc International Development Practice is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character and involves academic staff from the following Schools:

  • Economics and Finance
  • International Relations
  • Medicine
  • Modern Languages
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film Studies.

The interdisciplinary approach means that you can explore a range of methodological approaches and use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate development studies questions.

Teaching format

The MSc degree requires two semesters of full-time coursework, normally equivalent to six modules.

The course involves both independent and group study. Modules have different methods of delivery, including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • practical classes
  • fieldwork.

Assessments include:

  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • technical summaries.

Modules

The MSc International Development Practice involves both independent and group study. Modules have different methods of delivery, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical classes. Forms of assessment include written assignments, presentations, and technical summaries.

For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Compulsory

Each semester is organised around two core modules exploring the theory and methodologies needed to complete the end of programme project.

Semester 1

  • International Development Studies introduces key concepts in international development studies through which students engage with critical perspectives on the nature of development and development strategies.
  • Quantitative Research in Social Science: provides a user-friendly introduction to the fundamental concepts of quantitative analysis.

Semester 2

  • Qualitative Methods in Social Research: offers both a theoretical and practical introduction to the collection, analysis and writing of qualitative social science research.
  • Working in International Development: provides an opportunity to learn applied skills commonly required in development professions.

Optional

Semester 1

  • Being a Social Scientist
  • Development and Environment
  • Issues in Global Health
  • Principles in Implementation Science
  • Problems of Culture and Identity I
  • Ten Global Health Problems
  • A language module offered by the School of Modern Languages

Semester 2

  • Economics for the Environment
  • Evidence Synthesis for Global Health Policy, Programming, and Practice
  • Globalisation and Health
  • Inequalities and Inequities in Global Health
  • Philosophy and Methodology of Social Sciences
  • Problems of Culture and Identity II
  • Public Policy and the Environment
  • A language module offered by the School of Modern Languages
  • A relevant module offered by the School of International Relations

Optional modules require a minimum number of students to be offered and the optional modules available may change.

Research project

Over the summer, you will research an international development-related topic in depth. The project will combine the theory and data methods learned in the core modules. Students produce a written dissertation of up to 15,000 words and a shorter policy synthesis of up to 1,000 words. Students agree their project topic with their project supervisor and the programme director.

Subject to availability, projects may be undertaken in collaboration with an organisation involved in development work. Collaborative projects might involve desk-based research conducted at St Andrews or fieldwork conducted elsewhere. This allows students to gain first-hand professional experience and will be of particular value to students who are looking to develop a career in international development.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PG Cert or PGDip instead of an MSc.

Careers

Our fantastic global reputation makes University of St Andrews graduates highly valued by employers. The MSc International Development Practice provides the subject knowledge and general skills needed for international development related careers in government and public bodies, non-governmental organisations and charities, and the private sector. You will:

  • be trained in the theoretical and practical aspects of international development work
  • have the opportunity to undertake a summer research project in collaboration with an organisation involved in development work
  • develop broader transferable skills in areas such as project management, team working and communicating academic concepts to mixed audiences.

Course dates

  • Start date: 10 September 2018
  • End date: 30 September 2019

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

While the course draws elements from anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, management, medicine, modern languages, and statistics, applications are welcomed from suitably qualified applicants in other disciplines. Applications are also welcomed from suitably qualified applicants with degrees in applied fields – such as nursing, engineering, or education – who are interested in developing a career in international development.

Postgraduate English language requirements

The University of St Andrews welcomes postgraduate students from many countries. To enter the University of St Andrews as a postgraduate student, you must be able to provide evidence that you meet our minimum English language requirements. Your evidence should be one of the following:

  • a first or an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject OR an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution
  • proof that you are from a majority English-speaking country

a valid English language test from this list:

  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System - Academic version)
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English - Academic version)
  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced)
  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based test)
  • Trinity ISE (Trinity Integrated Skills in English)

Application deadline

Applications should be submitted as early as possible and normally by early June. However, applications will continue to be accepted until early August 2018 (applicants from outside the EU) or early September 2018 (applicants from the UK and EU). You should also apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and international visa purposes.

Application requirements

  • CV or résumé (one page)
  • personal statement explaining why you have applied for this course, how it relates to your personal or professional ambitions, and how your academic and professional background show you have the skills needed to work effectively at the postgraduate level
  • two original signed academic references
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • English language requirements certificate.

Tuition fees

  • UK and EU: £10,360
  • Overseas: £20,980

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated February 5, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 year
Full time
Price
Price
10,360 GBP
UK and EU: £10,360; Overseas: £20,980
Information
Deadline
Locations
United Kingdom - Saint Andrews, Scotland
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 30, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - Saint Andrews, Scotland
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 30, 2019