Northumbria University

Northumbria University

International Development with Policy Analysis

The course provides students with advanced policy analysis skills for analysing and evaluating international development policy. It is informed by the belief that the analysis and evaluation of policy is a key skill for those who work in a range of public and non-governmental organisations and/or for those who are directly affected by public policy decisions. Designed to enhance student employability in international development policy at local, national and international scales, the programme applied ethos of the programme is complemented by the analysis of how international development has been affected by the changing nature of the state, specifically the hollowing out of the state. In this way, students develop a critical appreciation of the global/local dimension of the policy environment, thereby gaining an understanding of the factors that constrain and enable governments, non-governmental actors and policy makers in shaping and being shaped by international development policy.

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

The state in a globalised world; policy analysis; 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
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0191 227 4444