International Development MSc
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
12 months full-time (September start)Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus
MSc International Development equips you with a critical and up to date understanding of development policies, theories, strategies and practices, the operation of development organisations, as well as the ways individuals and communities experience and challenge poverty and marginalisation.
Designed to enhance your employability in international development practice and research, the programme offers opportunities for skill enhancement and knowledge development. You are introduced to key contemporary debates in international development, including issues such as conflict and security, civil society and NGOs, the impacts of China’s and India’s rising economic power, gender, the environment and resource conflicts as well as advocacy and citizenship. The course also enables you to understand and engage critically with key development tools, strategies and techniques, covering issues such as participatory methodologies, well-being, rights based approaches and conflict resolution.
The programme is delivered by a highly experienced multi-disciplinary team who draw on their active and diverse engagement in international development research and practice to enrich the curriculum with cutting edge knowledge and up to date case studies from around the world. The programme also includes contributions from guest speakers and development practitioners on topics relevant to the course.
Your course in brief
You will study four modules which address development thinking and theories of development, tools and strategies for development management and practice, key contemporary development issues and debates, and methods for conducting development research. Throughout the course, the emphasis is on supporting you to develop the skills and knowledge that suit your specific career ambitions, including the opportunity to work with international development actors to complete specific assessments.
The programme culminates in a dissertation project for which students undertake an independent piece of research designed and developed in partnership with a dissertation supervisor. Recent topics include: East African pastoralism and famine prevention, the role of sport in international development, gender and political participation in Nigeria, diaspora communities and development in Bangladesh and the role of Hamas as a development actor.
Who would this course suit?
The MSc International Development provides students with skills and knowledge to develop careers in the development industry, with NGOs, local and state government and multilateral organisations. It also provides the foundation for international development research careers in applied or academic settings, including those who go on to doctoral study in the area.
Did you know?
A key feature of the course is the supportive student environment which allows students to tailor their learning according to their career goals, including opportunities to draw on their own practice in the assessment process.
The course is taught by experienced development academics and practitioners whose expertise is underpinned by a strong track record of research activity in international development and related areas.
Staff regularly gain research funding from UK research councils, UK and European government departments and institutions, international organisations and voluntary sector bodies.
What our students say
“The staff are extremely passionate and experienced, they have been very helpful to me in terms of development work and research I have completed as part of the course.”
Tawonga Sylvia Zimba from Zambia
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
Staff research provides the firm underpinning for teaching which takes place through lectures, seminars, group and individual activities. A key feature of the course is the supportive student environment which allows students to tailor their learning according to their career goals, including opportunities to draw on their own practice in the assessment process. Particular emphasis is placed on individual tutorials and each student is allocated a guidance tutor to support and encourage intellectual development and employability. Alongside this students are also supported by an individual dissertation supervisor with knowledge and expertise related to the particular area of study. Assessment methods support intellectual rigour and encourage the application of skills. Combinations of these may include assignments, presentations and portfolios of evidence.
The MSc International Development provides students with skills and knowledge to develop careers in the development industry, including with NGOs, local and state government and multilateral organisations. It also provides the foundation for international development research careers in applied or academic settings, including for those wishing to go on to doctoral study in the area.
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