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MSc Communication for Development

University of Reading

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Reading

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Our MSc Communication for Development aims to develop the knowledge and skills to support positive change through communication.

Rapid changes in the communication landscape - technologies, communication processes, and communication opportunities - offer new ways to understand and improve livelihoods, poverty reduction, and governance. Understanding how communication can support individual and social change can lead to more effective and dynamic development practice.

Practical applications of communication and development are diverse: they include extension and advisory services, communication and climate change risk reduction, communicating about health challenges, and communication to reduce food insecurity. As issues such as food security, challenging inequalities, supporting the role of agriculture, and addressing climate change challenges are of increasing important on the global development agenda, so too is the role of communication in facilitating, driving, and enabling change.

This master's programme:

  • builds a critical understanding of innovation and communication theory in the diverse contexts of international and local development.
  • strengthens professional competence in the design, planning and management of information and knowledge interventions.
  • provides a focus on practical application of new knowledge and skills to support innovation and change.

Class sizes vary by subject and module, but emphasis is always placed on good contact time with lecturers. Learning occurs across a variety of lectures, seminars, tutorials and field trips.

On joining this course, you will become a member of the School's Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE). As a GIIDAE student, you will have the option of undertaking a placement during the summer period, however this is not a requirement of the degree.

WHAT CAREER CAN YOU HAVE?

Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in practice, research and policy in the areas of international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain.

Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships, placements and research dissertations are opportunities to showcase your skills, undertake field research or link with organisations in the development sector.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 16,450per 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 Reading

  • University League Table

    39th

  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 21,000 students from around 165 countries.
Reading is just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

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