Northumbria University

Northumbria University

International Development with Philanthropy

The course equips students with a critical and up to date understanding of key contemporary trends and patterns in international development and philanthropy, including the roles and impacts of philanthropic organisations and the ways their policies and practices shape the ways individuals and communities experience and challenge poverty and marginalisation. Designed to enhance student employability in international development and philanthropic practice and research, the programme includes opportunities for skills enhancement and knowledge development. Students will develop a critical appreciation of the changing dynamics of relationships between civil society actors, activity and institutions, ranging from philanthropic foundations, to international volunteers, and international development. This is set against the backdrop of how geo-political changes such as the emerging power of the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) have shaped new modes of development aid. Students are introduced to key contemporary debates in international development, including around issues such as conflict and security, gender, the environment and resource conflicts, advocacy and citizenship.

Entry requirements

At least a 2nd Class Honours degree and/or a Master's in an international development related subject or equivalent professional experience. Advanced standing may be considered within the programme through recent (within 5 years) APL of a relevant postgraduate qualification which maps directly onto the relevant learning outcomes, notional student workload and level of academic difficulty.

Course modules

Conflict, aid and the changing geopolitics of development; philanthropy, giving and volunteering; development thinking; social science postgraduate dissertation; research methods for international development.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST North East

Key information

Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
0191 227 4444