MSc Programs in Development Studies

Compare 40 Master of Science Programs in Development Studies

Development Studies

Obtaining a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Development Studies can provide graduates with the information necessary to address those problems unique to developing countries. This entails a multi-tiered approach to meeting the needs under-developed areas, which can serve students with an interest in helping the less fortunate.

Many students may find themselves asking, “What is an MSc in Development Studies?” This area of study involves a broad knowledge base to ably address the many complex problems found in the developing world. Coursework can include topics such as the effects of industrialization, the role of non-governmental organizations in poverty stricken countries, and globalization’s impact on developing economies. Classes will involve theoretical analysis of popular methods of addressing the needs of less-advantaged countries, as well as real world examples of efforts to diminish inequality in such regions.

The most obvious benefit of pursuing an MSc in Development Studies is the ability to offer assistance to those suffering from the devastating effects of poverty. This allows graduates to achieve a real sense of purpose within their chosen careers, which can be an important consideration to many.

Because tuition costs can vary quite a bit, students are encouraged to contact a school directly to gain an accurate assessment of applicable fees. This will help ensure that a potential educational institution fits well within a student’s financial outlook.

There are a number of rewarding careers one can secure upon graduating with a master’s degree in development studies. Students can find positions as aid workers in areas ravaged by disease and poverty, or undertake educational duties within a collegiate setting. Governmental positions also exist, and can include roles as policy advisors and analysts. Graduates can also find employment in project management and evaluation, which can be vital for remedying ongoing issues in the developing world.

Registering for online classes is a great option for students seeking a bit of flexibility when it comes to their school schedules. This is especially true of those holding full time jobs, who may find it difficult to regularly attend classes. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MSc Development Economics

Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Edgbaston + 1 more

The MSc in Development Economics will provide you with the analytical and technical training necessary to examine various issues relating to economic development in both developed and developing countries. [+]

Emerging and developing economies are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on the global arena. Formal and technical analysis of these economies is an essential part of continuing Third World development. Specialised courses in development theory, development policy and econometrics will hone your analytic, technical and research skills as you prepare for your career in the industry.

The MSc in Development Economics is one of the Department’s newer taught MSc programmes and reflects our growing strength in both theoretical and applied policy areas, particularly as they relate to developing countries.

Why study this course

Studying on one of the Department’s MSc programmes will provide you with an excellent set of specialist and transferable skills. You will be given an advanced training in core areas of economics that are widely used in economics-based professions and, depending on which degree programme you are studying on, you will also receive specialist training in areas relevant to your programme and take options in other areas that interest you.... [-]


MSc Defence, Development and Diplomacy

Durham University
Campus Full time 1 year October 2018 United Kingdom Durham

With conflicts becoming either increasingly drawn-out, asymmetric wars of attrition or normalise into states of no peace – no war, our understanding of conflict and conflict intervention is shifting. [+]

Description

With conflicts becoming either increasingly drawn-out, asymmetric wars of attrition or normalise into states of no peace – no war, our understanding of conflict and conflict intervention is shifting. Conflicts are rarely determined by military victory, diplomacy or long-term development, but require to securing populations through a comprehensive approach that sees to their political, and economic, as well as their security-related needs. Their outcome will be determined by how well the different arms of government and civil society, both locally and internationally, can work together and how well they understand each others' perspectives.

This inter-disciplinary and custom designed MSc offers the unique opportunity to look at conflict, conflict intervention and post-conflict reconstruction through the lenses of defence, development and diplomacy.... [-]


MSc in International Development Management

University of Westminster, Westminster Business School
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom London

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 range of development disciplines. [+]

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 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, micro finance specialists and development consultants. Some of our graduates have also set up their own development charities or proceeded to PhD research and teaching.... [-]


MSc in Anthropology and Development Studies

Radboud University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Nijmegen

This unique Master's programme, which is at the cutting edge of social and cultural anthropology as well as development studies, also includes knowledge derived from sociology, politicology, economics and geography. [+]

This unique Master's programme, which is at the cutting edge of social and cultural anthropology as well as development studies, also includes knowledge derived from sociology, politicology, economics and geography. Using a multidisciplinary perspective you will be encouraged to go deeper into the most relevant current local and global issues, including poverty, health, environment, inequality, mobility, multiculturalism and transnational networks. It is a study designed for those who want to break with traditional paradigms.

Ambitious

The programme attracts ambitious, enterprising students. You are not afraid of a vigorous training in methodology; you are involved with social issues and themes and you want to play a role in the international debate around global policy issues. You will learn how to reformulate these issues into research questions and discover the best methods to use when exploring them. We will also teach you to think critically and analytically and we will train you in academic and communication skills.... [-]


MSc International Business and Development

Birkbeck, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This programme is suitable for graduates who are, or seek to be, employed in relevant government departments, non-governmental organisations, international agencies or private companies involved in, or related to, international business and economic development. It also provides a foundation for those wishing to undertake doctoral research in international business and development. [+]

The pace of the globalisation of national economies has accelerated in recent years, and this has led to a more dynamic relationship between international business activities and economic and social development.

This programme is suitable for graduates who are, or seek to be, employed in relevant government departments, non-governmental organisations, international agencies or private companies involved in, or related to, international business and economic development. It also provides a foundation for those wishing to undertake doctoral research in international business and development.

Topics covered include international business and economic and social development, international business strategies in both developed and emerging markets, public sector management, sustainable livelihoods and sustainable development, impact assessment, and resource and environmental management.... [-]


MSc in International Development and Management

Lund University
Campus Full time September 2018 Sweden Lund

This two-year interdisciplinary Master's programme focuses on international development and management. In recognition of the complexity of development issues at hand, the programme welcomes lecturers and students from various disciplines. [+]

Programme overview

LUMID is a two-year interdisciplinary programme focusing on international development and management. In recognition of the complexity of development issues at hand, the programme welcomes lecturers and students from various disciplines (including engineering, natural sciences, medicine and humanities in addition to social science).

The programme offers students a unique combination of theoretical knowledge, applied research methods, and management tools and skills pertaining to a range of current development areas and challenges. These different aspects of international development research and practice are being integrated through programme courses, internships, field work research, and complementary initiatives, such as the Development Practitioners Seminar and the alumni network, giving LUMID an edge over other Master’s programmes in the same field.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in International Development Studies

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 12 months September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

In this Master’s programme you will examine global inequalities, ranging from their causes, characteristics and possible solutions. [+]

In this Master’s programme you will examine global inequalities, ranging from their causes, characteristics and possible solutions. International Development Studies is concerned with a broad range of topics like poverty, conflict, security, social and gender inequality, sustainability, education, the environment and the relationship between local, national and global processes.

The Master Programme in International Development Studies is anchored by a concern about global inequalities and seeks ways of understanding them, critiquing them, and possibly overcoming them. It addresses issues such as poverty, conflict, security, land rights, gender inequality, education, sustainable development, and climate change, among others, and seeks to draw links between local conditions – in both rural and urban settings – with national and global processes.... [-]


MSc in Psychological Research Methods (Evolutionary Psychology)

University of Stirling
Campus Full time Part time 9 - 18 months September 2018 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

You will benefit from the expertise of our leading researchers in evolutionary psychology, who have particular interests in cultural evolution and language, social learning, and mate choice. [+]

You will benefit from the expertise of our leading researchers in evolutionary psychology, who have particular interests in cultural evolution and language, social learning, and mate choice.

Our staff are also at the forefront of new developments in applying evolutionary principles to address real world issue. Students interested in comparative approaches and animal behaviour will benefit from other members of our Behaviour and Evolution Research Group whose world-leading research on behaviour and cognition in primates, dogs and elephants are also being applied to real world problems, including conservation, human-animal interaction, and animal welfare. Under the group's expert guidance you will undertake specialists modules, a research placement and a research project. You will also be able to take advantage of our on-site and overseas labs, field sites and links with industrial partners. For example, the University works closely with the Living Links to Human Evolution Research Centre at Edinburgh Zoo.... [-]


Developmental Psychology MSc

University of Dundee - School of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2018 United Kingdom Dundee + 1 more

With a focus on infant and child development, the course addresses a comprehensive range of topics surrounding typical and atypical development. Different theoretical approaches to development will be explored together with consideration of comparative and cross-cultural approaches. You will be taught by academic staff at the forefront of psychological research and conduct a dissertation under their supervision. [+]

Overview

With a focus on infant and child development, the course addresses a comprehensive range of topics surrounding typical and atypical development. Different theoretical approaches to development will be explored together with consideration of comparative and cross-cultural approaches. You will be taught by academic staff at the forefront of psychological research and conduct a dissertation under their supervision.

A distinctive feature of our course is the opportunity to participate in ongoing research that the University is conducting in partnership with local Education Services for the Research in Practice module. This provides practical experience of conducting psychological research with young children. It also provides the chance to experience psychological work in 'real world' settings and in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams of professionals.... [-]


MSc Entrepreneurship and International Development

Plymouth University
Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom Plymouth

Do you want to work for an international NGO (non-governmental organisation) and help people change their lives? Or perhaps work with local or central government to create policies and environments conducive to entrepreneurship? By studying the MSc in entrepreneurship and international development you will cultivate the skills to help firms harness their entrepreneurial talent, or even help a new generation of entrepreneurs... [+]

MSc Entrepreneurship and International Development

Do you want to work for an international NGO (non-governmental organisation) and help people change their lives? Or perhaps work with local or central government to create policies and environments conducive to entrepreneurship? By studying the MSc in entrepreneurship and international development you will cultivate the skills to help firms harness their entrepreneurial talent, or even help a new generation of entrepreneurs transform lives and empower communities.

Key features Allow your entrepreneurial skills to shine as you close the gap between ideas and innovation and identify viable market opportunities that have the potential to transform lives. Develop the skills to help you access a wide spectrum of career paths such as starting and running your own business, consulting on business start-ups or working in an established global organisation delivering value and growth. Learn with an internationally diverse and culturally rich group of talented and motivated students and professionals. Core modules ENT700 Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy STO700A International Business Environment ENT702 Entrepreneurship in Developing and Emerging Economies STO701 Knowledge Management and Decision Making HRL710A Leadership and Management Essentials ENT701 Project Management: Diversity in Entrepreneurship ENT703 Futures Perspectives in Entrepreneurship Optional modules ENT706 Finance for Start-ups and Growth: Resourcing the Strategy ENT707 Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship ENT705SU Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth Entry requirements ... [-]

Master in International Development Studies

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Utrecht

The multidisciplinary Master's programme in International Development Studies addresses the current development challenges and engages with these current, urgent and highly important issues. [+]

Development In A Complex And Highly Differentiated World

The world is rapidly changing, and so is development studies. While the international donor community is engaged in discussions about a post-MDG (Millennium Development Goals) agenda to guide long-term development policies and end global poverty, there are new concerns about global food security, climate change, energy crises, and financial crises. At the same time, Africa, Asia and Latin America are experiencing rapid transformations, turning traditional North-South relations upside down. Giants like India and China are strengthening their role in international development cooperation. These ‘new’ donors emphasise that ‘South-South cooperation’ is different from the Western notion of donors helping clients. While development has been traditionally defined by the donor community in the North, governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America come up with their own versions of ‘development’. Over the past decade, the number of actors active in the development domain has multiplied. In addition to the traditional donors, new ‘players’ have entered the scene, including foundations and diaspora-organisations. Furthermore individual migrants and socially-engaged entrepreneurs are acknowledging their responsibility for acting to benefit society at large, taking responsibility for the social and environmental impacts of production activities and/or consumption. The multidisciplinary Master's programme in International Development Studies addresses the current development challenges and engages with these current, urgent and highly important issues. In particular, the programme focuses on topics surrounding climate change, land governance, urbanisation, corporate social responsibility, and migration/mobilities. You will study in an international environment, with peers and staff from diverse... [-]


M.Sc. in Development Evaluation and Management

University of Antwerp
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Belgium Antwerp

“What efforts are made by public and private actors to promote development?” “Which aid policies, modalities and instruments are most effective?” [+]

This Master offers insight into the nature of development evaluation, as well as its relevance and challenges, at both a methodological and an institutional level. Students are familiarised with multidisciplinary tools that will improve their capacity to understand interactions among actors involved, and to contribute to an enhanced conceptualisation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development policies and programmes. The programme offers two tracks with specific objectives and courses:

Track 1: National Institutions, Poverty Reduction Strategies and Aid


Track 2: Development Interventions and Local Institutional Chang

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MSc in International Planning and Development

Cardiff University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Cardiff

The MSc International Planning and Development tackles the challenges of urbanisation in the 21st century. Since 2008, more than half the world's population has lived in cities. [+]

MSc in International Planning and Development

"Meeting the challenges of change and development in an urbanising world, promoting excellence in professional practice."

The MSc International Planning and Development tackles the challenges of urbanisation in the 21st century. Since 2008, more than half the world's population has lived in cities. Cities are crucibles of culture, knowledge and innovation, but also harbour poverty and exclusion; globalisation, environmental pollution, and climate change all threaten the well-being of urban residents.

This course spans the disciplines of spatial planning and development studies, enabling students to acquire the knowledge and critical awareness to make significant contributions to the design and management of cities.... [-]


MSc Development Economics

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

All the courses offered by the Department of Economics approach the subject matter from a development perspective. Students on the MSc Development Economics will complete courses on macro, micro, quantitative methods and growth. In addition, students must take three optional courses and complete a dissertation in an area of applied economics. [+]

Duration:One calendar year (full-time) Two years(part-time, daytime only) Three Years (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.

Entry Requirements:Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Economics

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

All the courses offered by the Department of Economics approach the subject matter from a development perspective. Students on the MSc Development Economics will complete courses on Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Econometrics and Growth and Development. In addition, students must take three optional courses and complete a dissertation in an area of applied economics.... [-]


MSc in Population Studies

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Groningen

Essential to understanding population dynamics is the study of demographic behaviour of people, in terms of their life events, e.g. birth, marriage, divorce, health, migration, and death. The master programme focuses on these demographic events, on how decision-making regarding these life events is influenced by the historical, economic, societal, cultural, and medical context, and on how these demographic events have an impact on population-level trends. [+]

Are you interested in population issues like ageing, integration of migrants and poverty? The MSc Population Studies trains you in theories, methods and skills needed to comprehend population dynamics.

Essential to understanding population dynamics is the study of demographic behaviour of people, in terms of their life events, e.g. birth, marriage, divorce, health, migration, and death. The master programme focuses on these demographic events, on how decision-making regarding these life events is influenced by the historical, economic, societal, cultural, and medical context, and on how these demographic events have an impact on population-level trends.

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