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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of East Anglia UEA

  • Study mode

    Full time

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  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The last 30 years have seen major changes in our understanding of social and economic change, transition and development. These complex processes are situated in a system of global interconnections and influences and require considerable attention to the specifics of local situations and circumstances. On the MA Development Practice course, you'll gain critical perspectives on these changes, and learn how to effectively contribute to future developments.

Because of this tension between the global and the local, subtle understanding of the interplay of social, cultural, political and economic variables is required. This involves various actors and agents including states, international organisations (UN, FAO, WHO, ILO, IFAD, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNRISD, WIDER, WFP), the multilateral and bilateral aid agencies (World Bank, DFID, SIDA), NGOs (Oxfam, Action Aid, Transparency International and others), social movements (World Economic Forum, World Summit on Social Development) and the private sector in any particular context. The course curriculum includes intensive treatment of all these issues.

Over the year, and across two central Critical Issues modules, you’ll develop a rigorous and deep critique of the ways NGOs and other agencies work, and the political contexts of development.

Practical issues are at the heart of this MA. For that reason you’ll also focus on the issues and challenges raised during project planning, management and implementation. You’ll work as part of a team with your fellow students to propose innovative solutions to classic development problems.

You'll benefit from research-led teaching, ensuring you encounter the latest thinking in the field. Research in UEA’s School of International Development is focused on addressing contemporary challenges in developing and transition economies via disciplinary and multi-interdisciplinary approaches.


The MA Development Practice is a new, interdisciplinary degree focusing on the key management and strategic challenges faced in the development sector.

Recent decades have seen significant shifts in the way NGOs and other organisations in the development sector operate. On this course you will examine the causes and effects of those changes, and learn how to be a part of the change that you want to see in the world.

If you are seeking to start or advance a career in development and humanitarian management, this course offers a comprehensive introduction to the way the sector works, from planning to critical issues affecting the sector.You’ll gain a solid conceptual understanding of key debates and issues in international development, together with technical skills in project design and management.

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Tuition fees

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£ 17,100per year

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

University information

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University of East Anglia UEA

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    University of East Anglia UEA, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ, England

UEA is a highly-respected university. Its beautiful campus is surrounded by English countryside and provides a safe and friendly place to live and study.
Join a welcoming and diverse community of international students. Students get all the support they need, before and after they apply.
Located in beautiful parkland, UEA is also just a short bus ride away from the centre of Norwich, a buzzing yet historic city.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    28th out of 123 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    138 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%



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