University of Bath

University of Bath

Well-Being in Public Policy and International Development

This MSc has been developed to reflect the increasing interest in wellbeing from academic and policy circles in both developed and developing countries. The programme moves the debate on international development from a debate about development to a debate on wellbeing and social justice. The programme provides students with the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of wellbeing and its policy implications and develops conceptual tools for the critical analysis of contemporary development debates from a wellbeing perspective. The MSc Wellbeing in Public Policy and International Development is therefore distinctive from existing degrees in that: it deals explicitly with conceptual and normative aspects of international development and social policy arising from the wellbeing discourse; it approaches international development with perspectives from psychology and ethics it enables insights from development studies to be brought to the context of developed countries as a means of addressing the analytical divide that has existed between the study of developing and developed nations; it analyses the specific aspects of globalisation which relate to social justice and the struggle of each human being to attain a decent level of wellbeing.

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. Underlying these conditions is a belief that students must bring a minimum combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience to the programme. English Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in each of the 4 components); PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component.

Course modules

Core units: foundations of international development; wellbeing and human development 1: concepts, measures and policy; wellbeing and human development 2: development ethics; wellbeing assessment in public policy and development practice; research skills and dissertation preparation. Optional units: economics for international development; sociology and social anthropology of development; policy and politics of developing countries; critical issues in social development; globalisation and economic insecurity: social policy challenges; management of development; world politics: conflict, security and development; sustainable development: livelihoods and wellbeing; advanced policy analysis; regional research specialism (Latin America, Africa or South East Asia).

Sponsorship information

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

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