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Structure and Courses

The programme is available on a full-time basis over one year or on a part-time basis over two years.

Our programme is incredibly flexible to allow you to pursue the knowledge and skills most relevant to you. 

Courses and options

Over the course of two teaching semesters you will take a total of 6 taught courses.
You will take following two core courses: 

We also run a compulsory non-credit course titled 'International Development: Reserach Design and Practice'. This bespoke course provides you with the research, analysis, and writing skills that you need to thrive in a post-graduate environment.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to choose 4 optional courses from those taught in the School of Social and Political Sciences and relevant courses from other parts of the University on topics such as Migration, Global Health, Economic Development, Peace and Conflict, Human Rights, Education, Humanitarianism, Media, and more. 

For more information on some of the course options available to students in the academic year 2017-2018, please consult the degree programme table (DPT) of the programme.  Note that the records will be updated by the end of August for each academic year. Some courses might not run some years due to staff availability.

Independent Research

Finally, you will build specialist research and analytical skills through a dissertation length research project. You will work under the supervision of an academic member of staff and will investigate a topic of your choice in depth.

Students can either complete their dissertation through independent study, or through a work-based placement. These work-based placements offer some students the opportunity to work in a wide range of development organsations across Africa for eight weeks, enabling students to apply academic training to real-world problems. 

Our extensive network of partners in the UK and a large number of African countries (including Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania) includes NGOs, charities, social enterprise, think-tanks and government bodies, giving students the chance to acquire key skills and practical, first-hand experience of working in international development in the continent.

Course Options 2015-2016