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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    City Centre Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course Overview

The MSc International Development will equip you with a critical and up-to-date understanding of the field of international development. It is hosted by the Northumbria Centre for International Development, which brings together students, academics and practitioners.

The course attracts students from a wide variety of professional and disciplinary backgrounds including government, the private sector and NGOs. It is also popular with continuing students from undergraduate subjects including social sciences, law, human geography, physical geography, business and other subjects.

You will engage with contemporary debates on the issues that are currently defining the sector, whilst critically examining key international development policies, theories, strategies and practices. You will also analyse the operation of development organisations, and the ways in which individuals and communities experience and challenge poverty and marginalisation.

As part of your dissertation, you will have the opportunity to undertake a research placement - on a self-funded basis - to allow you to apply your knowledge in a real-world environment. You will also have the opportunity to engage with development practitioners through talks and guest lecturers.

This course is delivered by our specialist teaching team, who draw on their extensive experience to ensure that you graduate with knowledge that is at the forefront of the sector.

When studying the MSc International Development course you will be part of the Centre for International Development; a vibrant, multidisciplinary virtual research centre that provides an engaging, supportive and research-rich learning environment.

Your Career

This course has been designed to enhance your employability in international development practice, and you’ll be offered bespoke career support.

Throughout your studies you will engage in real-world research and problem-solving, developing the practical skills required for a successful career in this sector. You’ll have the option to base your dissertation on field work, providing you with industry contacts and valuable experience of international development in a real-world environment.

Our graduates are able to work in a broad range organisations such as charities and third sector organisations, UK and international government agencies, NGOs and international organisations. They may also wish to pursue careers in research, consultancy or to launch their own NGO. Continuing on to doctoral study and a career in academia is also an option.

Former graduates have gone on to work for national and international organisations including Barnardo’s, Leprosy Mission, International Service, UTSAAH Initiative, the Barzani Charity Foundation, or they have set up their own NGOs, while others have taken up PhD studies.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Northumbria University, Newcastle

  • University League Table

    52nd

  • Campus address

    Northumbria University, Northumberland Building, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE1 8ST, England

Students from around the world come to Northumbria for its reputation in law, design, engineering, business and architecture, amongst others.
Northumbria has an international community of students from over 130 countries, and decades of experience in welcoming students to the city of Newcastle.
Northumbria is one of the leading new universities in the UK.

Subject rankings

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  • Entry standards

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    129 59%

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  • Graduate prospects

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    62 62%

    61st

  • Student satisfaction

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    4.07 81%

    29th

    13
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    132 67%

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  • Graduate prospects

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    60 60%

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  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%

    57th

    2

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