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The Centre delivers a successful interdisciplinary MSc programme that equips students with skills and knowledge to develop careers in the development industry, including with NGOs, local and state government and multilateral organisations.

Delivered by leading specialists in the field, and drawing from disciplines including International Relations, Sociology, Politics and Human Geography, the programme 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.


Studying International Development at Northumbria means being welcomed as part of a community of internationally recognised researchers, educators, practitioners and students working together to tackle poverty and inequality. Through placements, practical assignments, networking events, supported international field visits, and specialist careers events and guidance, International Development students don’t just ‘study’ – they develop the specific skills, contacts, knowledge and experience they need for their careers in the field, whether as practitioners, policy makers or researchers

Professor Matt Baillie Smith, co-director of Centre for Global Development


MSc Programmes Available for Study

MSc International Development

This interdisciplinary course examines efforts to eradicate global poverty and promote development. It equips students with critical and up to date understanding of development policies, theories, strategies and practices, the operation of development organisations, and the ways individuals and communities experience and challenge poverty and marginalisation. With an emphasis on practice this course is ideal for people wanting to enhance or build a career in international development.

Full Time Options

Part Time Options

For further information about the MSc International Development, please contact Dr Pete Howson

PhD Supervision

We offer PhD supervision across our areas of expertise including:

  • Activism
  • Gender and development
  • Participatory design and digital civics in development settings
  • Climate change
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Development education, global learning and citizenship
  • Environment and development
  • Environmental justice and natural resource conflicts
  • Foreign policy and international relations
  • International volunteering, including local volunteers and South-South volunteering
  • NGOs and civil society
  • Health and development
  • Public engagement in development
  • Resource and environmental politics
  • Wellbeing and development
  • Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism
  • Emotions and development
  • Work and Employment
  • Transboundary water conflicts
  • Bonded Labour and Contemporary Slavery
  • Evaluation and measurement

For information on how to apply or if you have any further questions around PhD supervision, please contact Prof Matt Baillie Smith or Prof Katy Jenkins, co-directors of the Centre.



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