University of Bath

University of Bath

International Development

The MSc International Development provides a multidisciplinary social science based analysis and understanding of international development. Students undertaking this programme: conduct a comprehensive review of current issues in international development policy and practice; study a critical in depth analysis of specific aspects of international development relating to specific areas of interest. We also encourage a diversity of intake in terms of experience, qualifications and interests to stimulate the mutual experience and learning. This programme has a limited intake of students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Entry requirements

1st or 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university; or an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience.English Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the 4 components); PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component. References: 2 references are required, atleast 1 of these must be an academic reference.

Course modules

Core units: foundations of international development; economics for international development; sociology and social anthropology of development; policy and politics of developing countries; international development, towards synthesis; research skills and dissertation preparation. Optional units: Critical issues in social development; globalisation and economic insecurity: social policy challenges; globalisation 2: political economy of globalisation; management of development; world politics: conflict, security and development; sustainable development: livelihoods and well being; well being and human development 2: development ethics; well being assessment in public policy and development practice. Students can also study 1 regional research specialism from South Asia, Africa and Latin Americaas part of an international development extended essay.

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects, oral presentations and examinations. We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.

Sponsorship information

ESRC (economic and social research council) recognised programme, suitable for ESRC-funded 1 and 3 awards or subsequent 3 applications, applications required by February each year; commonwealth shared scholarship scheme award formerly known as the DfID (department for international development); shared scholarship scheme for candidates from eligible commonwealth countries (excluding the UK); applications to be received by the end of March each year and applicants must have been offered an unconditional place on the programme by end of March.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 15,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 7,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Bath Bath BA2 7AY South West

Key information

Telephone number: 
01225 386634