University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

International Development Studies (Distance Learning)

This course builds on the knowledge in theory and practice of development and applied research methods for development gained in the first year to allow for an in-depth understanding of two optional courses depending on students' interest and background taken in the second year. Optional units will cover the disciplines of health, education, economics, politics and criminology and the topic of gender. The distance learning and part time mode of the programme provides a flexible learning framework with opportunities for students to undertake a full Master's qualification, a postgraduate Diploma or a postgraduate Certificate.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: 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 and Applied Research Methods for Development. You will also select two optional units from the following: International and Comparative Criminal Justice, Gender for Development Cooperation, Contemporary Security in International Relations, Education and Development, Health and Development, Economics of Development.

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Distance learning (part-time) September 2018 2,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Distance learning (part-time) January 2019 2,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Distance learning (part-time) September 2019 2,330 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Distance learning (part-time) January 2020 2,330 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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