University of Bristol

Social Sciences

MSc International Development

Address:

Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc International Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme is designed for a wide range of people involved in conceptualising or administering policies for a sustainable and substantial level of development in the world's poorer countries. It is especially suitable for those already involved in planning development strategies, those currently working for non-governmental organisations in the development field or anyone planning for a career in development.

The programme combines an intellectual and academic approach with policy-oriented and empirical studies of development, addressing three interrelated but separate facets of the development process:

  • analysing what development means;
  • studying the processes of planning (external aid, regional disparities, environmental factors, poverty and industrialisation);
  • examining how development policies may be delivered and administered, analysing the importance of effective political and bureaucratic structures, and evaluating the contributions of NGOs and other external bodies.

Programme structure

The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.

Core units

  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • International Political Economy
  • Theories of Development

Optional units

You will choose three optional units from those offered by the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. Options vary each year but may include:

  • Small Business Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Managing and Evaluating Development
  • Development Skills in Practice
  • Environmental Politics
  • Faith and Development
  • International Development Organisations
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Military and militarisation
  • International Human Rights
  • Sino-US relations in global politics
  • Politics of Genocide
  • East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
  • Care, Labour and Gender
  • China's International Relations
  • European Security
  • Religion and Politics in the West 
  • Understanding Risk
  • The Politics of Insecurity
  • Theories of Violence

Third term

Independent study for dissertation.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 15,700 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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