International Development (Distance Learning) (MSc) at University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham
Anywhere, UK
Masters (MSc)

2-4 years
Part time

Course description:

The MSc in International Development by Distance Learning at the University of Birmingham is a 2 to 4-year Masters degree programme which provides students with an understanding of the evolution of thinking and practice in international development over the last fifty to sixty years. The core module aims to familiarise students with key concepts (eg development and poverty) and theories (eg modernisation, dependency, neo-liberalism and the ‘crisis’ in development theory) and with the changing roles of international development organisations and states in promoting international development (eg through aid, trade and fiscal, monetary and social policies).

Students will also select 5 optional modules (at 20 credits each) based on their individual interests and career aspirations from the following list:

• Conflict and Development
• Development in Practice (Distance Learning)
• Development Politics
• Disability and Development (Distance Learning)
• Introduction to Development Projects
• Non-governmental Organisations and Development (Distance Learning)
• Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development
• Rural Poverty and Development
• Social Analysis of Poverty and Development.


School of Government at University of Birmingham

Entry Requirements:

Applicants do not need to have prior knowledge of international development. But they must possess an upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US Grade Point Average is 3.2); or a lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent work experience. Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate’s work experience can also be taken into consideration.

International Students should satisfy the English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band, which is equivalent to:

• TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
• Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 59 in all 4 skills and
• Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component.

If the applicant does not have the above English language requirements, he/she can fulfill the university’s English language requirements by successfully completing 1 of the English courses for international students (see Official Website for courses (link found below)).


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