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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Birmingham

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This programme combines development studies with an interdisciplinary focus on Africa. It is ideal for those who wish to pursue careers in international development, as well as students planning to pursue doctoral research on aspects of development in Africa.

Africa is one of the most important sites of international development interventions, and historically one of the sites where much of the academic discipline of development studies was forged.

This programme draws on the expertise of the University’s Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA) and International Development Department (IDD) to provide an in-depth exploration of the relationship between development studies and Africa.

It provides an advanced understanding of the African cultural, political and historical circumstances which have been formative in the constitution of development studies as a field, and which have shaped the impact of development interventions in the continent.

This programme offers an excellent opportunity for students who want to both master the tools of development thinking and how best to apply them in developing a nuanced and informed understanding of the complex and dynamic realities of Africa and its Diasporas.

It offers an impressive range of disciplinary specialisations and diversity of modules, as well as a variety of academic-related activities designed to enhance the student learning experience.

Employability

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.

The University's Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.

You will be encouraged to make the most of your postgraduate experience and will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive one-to-one careers advice, including guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique, whether you are looking for a career inside or outside of academia
  • Meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs and employer presentations
  • Attend an annual programme of careers fairs, skills workshops and conferences, including bespoke events for postgraduates in the College of Arts and Law
  • Take part in a range of activities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers and enhance your CV

What’s more, you will be able to access our full range of careers support for up to 2 years after graduation.

Application deadline

09 September 2021

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 20,160per 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 Birmingham

  • University League Table

    13th

  • Campus address

    University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England

A member of the Russell Group, Birmingham is a research-intensive institution. Its world-leading academics have included 11 Nobel Prize winners.
A diverse and global community, with over 8,500 international students from approximately 150 countries.
In the glorious heart of England, Birmingham is a diverse, modern and exciting city with a long cultural and intellectual heritage.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 93 2

    9th out of 10 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    154 74%

    20th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    19th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%

    70th

    5
  • Entry standards

    / Max 197
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  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50 50%

    9th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.83 77%

    7th

    1

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