Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

International Development

This interdisciplinary Master's degree aims to provide a critical and theoretical understanding of the issues, processes and institutions central to global poverty, inequality and development. The programme's core modules introduce you to key debates that have shaped thinking on international poverty and development, and will equip you with knowledge of the conceptual and theoretical bases of development. They aim to improve your skills of evaluation and analysis, enabling you to participate critically in debates on the changing nature of the multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental institutions designed to address development issues, the context in which they operate and the constraints they face. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of thematic option modules, allowing you to tailor the programme according to your personal or career interests.

Entry requirements

Good degree (2.1 or above) in social sciences or humanities. Other applicants will also be considered; previous experience or study of development issues may be an advantage; 2 references: preferably both academic references, but employer references may be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You take 2 core modules, 2 option modules and write a dissertation. Options may vary from year to year. Relevant options may also be taken from other programmes, subject to agreement with the programme director. Core modules: Development Studies: Theoretical Approaches; The Political Economy of Aid . Option modules: 'Race', Ethnicity and Development; 'Race', Ethnicity and Development; Anthropology, Culture and Development; Development Management; Gender and Development; International Political Economy of Childhood; Material and Visual Cultures of Development; South:South Development; War, Conflict and Development . MSc International Development dissertation .

Assessment methods

Coursework, including essays, critical surveys of relevant literature and a reflective journal. You also complete a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 GBP 9,650 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 GBP 5,300 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 GBP 9,650 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 GBP 5,300 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,825 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Telephone number: 
02030738000