The programme ranges over many topics in the field of development and population. It aims to equip students with an understanding of current and future aspects of the relationship between development and population processes. Illustrative topics covered include: development theory and policy, relationships between economic and demographic growth, reproductive health programmes and policies, the socio-economic consequences of HIV/AIDS, migration and urbanisation.
The MSc draws on expertise from both the Development Studies Institute and the Department of Social Policy.
The degree is designed to provide skills and knowledge to students looking for careers in public, private and voluntary organisations dealing with population and development problems at both the national and international levels. It provides a choice of options from a wide range of highly rated courses and helps to develop skills which have already secured past students promising professional careers. It is taught through a combination of lectures and seminar discussions and is assessed using a combination of written examinations and a dissertation.
Course 1: Development: Theory, History and Policy; Course 2: Two half units from Population and Development: An Analytic Approach; Population Analysis; Demography of the Developing World; Course 3: Two half units or one full unit from Poverty; Institutions, Environmental Change and Development; Complex Emergencies; HIV/AIDS and Other Emerging Health Threats; Urbanisation and Social Planning; Methods for Population Planning; Reproductive Health Programmes: Design, Implementation and Evaluation; Health and Population in Developing and Transitional Societies; Health Systems and Policies in Developing Societies; Gender and Development: Geographical Perspectives; Course 4: Long essay and the Research Process; Course 5: Dissertation on Population and Development