University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

International Development Studies (Distance Learning)

Overview If you're energised by the idea of working with developing countries, our International Development Studies course, offered as a MSc, PgDip, PgCert, will develop your understanding of international development and enhance your career prospects. On this course, you'll explore the history, theory and practice of international development. You'll explore colonialism and globalisation, and unpack the tools, strategies and techniques used in the field. You'll also choose your own specialisation - such as health, education, gender, international relations or criminology - and produce a project based on your research. And when you graduate, you'll have expert knowledge of development issues and strong career prospects in the international development sector - and desirable transferable skills such as communication, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. What you'll experience On this course you'll: Learn about the key topics in the field of International Development Studies, including the theory and practice of development, applied research methods, international and comparative criminal justice, the role of gender, contemporary security in internal relations, education, health, and the economics of development Critically engage with a topic of your choice, using your own research to inform your work Unpack the tools needed to carry out systematic and methodologically sound research, including literature reviews and empirical research Be able to justify any ethical considerations in relation to your research Access our virtual learning facilities which include webinars, discussion forums, one-to-one online tutorials with lecturers, and Skype meetings Be supported by experts in the field of International Development Studies, including members of CEISR (Centre for European and International Studies Research), who will share their expertise in the field Work experience and career planning We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. Careers and opportunities The International Development Studies degree course is ideal if you are already working, or hope to work in the international development sector. You'll develop your professional networks and identify career opportunities during the course of your studies, and receive advice and guidance about your career progression from the experts and development practitioners. You'll graduate with greater knowledge of development issues, strong career prospects in the international development sector, and the option to progress to doctoral study.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: A good honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

You will study the following core units: Theory & Practice of Development: Explore the history, theory and practice of international development studies, through topics from colonialism to globalisation. You will be introduced to the tools, such as social enterprise, that are used in development practice. Assessment includes a social enterprise project alongside a traditional essay. Applied Research Methods for Development: Learn the strategies and methods of collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative data in the social sciences. You will learn to use SPSS for data manipulation, quantitative data analysis and interpretation, using a range of data sets relevant to international development studies.

Assessment methods

This course will be offered entirely through distance learning methods. All course materials and readings, lecture notes, as well as additional links to useful organisational sites, social media hubs and further resources, will be posted and regularly updated in our virtual learning environment. Human contact will be an important part of the programme too, with regular 'webinars', discussion forums, one-on-one tutorials with lecturers, email correspondence and skype meetings where necessary. The assessment methods used on this programme are varied and test all the skills developed in the different modules at different stages of the learning process. These include essays, leading and participating in discussion forums and blogs, portfolios, policy briefs and research projects, allowing for a balance between formative and summative assessment.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 2,330 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 2,330 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 2,330 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 2,330 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 2,330 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 2,330 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 2,330 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) January 2020 2,330 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) January 2020 2,330 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) January 2020 2,330 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) January 2020 2,330 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) January 2020 2,330 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) January 2020 2,330 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning (part-time) January 2020 2,330 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years

Campus details

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Distance Learning

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