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International Development Studies (Distance Learning) MSc

University of Portsmouth

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Online/Distance Learning

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    SEP-21, JAN-22

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Overview

If you're energised by the idea of working with developing countries, our International Development Master's will develop your understanding of international development and enhance your career prospects.

On this course, you'll explore the history, theory and practice of international development. You'll explore colonialism and globalisation, and unpack the tools, strategies and techniques used in the field.

You'll also choose your own specialisation – such as health, education, gender, international relations or criminology – and produce a project based on your research.

When you graduate, you'll have expert knowledge of development issues and strong career prospects in the international development sector – and desirable transferable skills such as communication, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn about the key topics in the field of International Development, including the theory and practice of development, applied research methods, international and comparative criminal justice, the role of gender, contemporary security in internal relations, education, health, and the economics of development
  • Critically engage with a topic of your choice, using your own research to inform your work
  • Unpack the tools needed to carry out systematic and methodologically sound research, including literature reviews and empirical research
  • Be able to justify any ethical considerations in relation to your research
  • Access our virtual learning facilities which include webinars, discussion forums, one-to-one online tutorials with lecturers, and Skype meetings
  • Be supported by experts in the field of International Development, including members of CEISR (Centre for European and International Studies Research), who will share their expertise in the field

Careers and opportunities

The International Development degree course is ideal if you are already working, or hope to work in the international development sector.

You'll develop your professional networks and identify career opportunities during the course of your studies, and receive advice and guidance about your career progression from the experts and development practitioners.

You'll graduate with greater knowledge of development issues, strong career prospects in the international development sector, and the option to progress to doctoral study.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Tuition fees

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£ 3,730per year

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

University information

University of Portsmouth

  • University League Table

    61st

  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

Around 5,200 of the university's 29,000 students come from 150 countries around the world. The Global Community networking scheme helps them to meet.
The University of Portsmouth Global team is dedicated to supporting international students from enquiry, through application and arrival, to graduation.
International students can get specialist advice on matters including visas and immigration, settling in to the UK and adjusting to a new culture.

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