• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2015
  • Duration:

    2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

  • Attendance:

    1-2 evenings a week part-time; up to 3 evenings a week, plus day sessions, full-time.

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

This interdisciplinary Master's degree aims to provide a critical and theoretical understanding of the issues, processes and institutions central to global poverty, inequality and development.

The programme's core modules introduce you to key debates that have shaped thinking on international poverty and development, and will equip you with knowledge of the conceptual and theoretical bases of development. They aim to improve your skills of evaluation and analysis, enabling you to participate critically in debates on the changing nature of the multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental institutions designed to address development issues, the context in which they operate and the constraints they face.

You will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of thematic option modules, allowing you to tailor the programme according to your personal or career interests.

How to apply

Application deadlines and interviews

Early application is strongly advised.

You may be asked to submit a 3000-word entrance essay.

Online application

Development Studies (MSc) (Part-time)

Development Studies (MSc) (Full-time)

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Ideal if you want to further your knowledge of, or are planning a career in, development agencies, international organisations or related areas.
  • Develop transferable skills, including critical analysis of debates and issues in development, team-working, written and oral communication, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • We offer student support and have a range of research resources.

Course structure

You take 2 core modules, 2 option modules and write a dissertation.

Options may vary from year to year. Relevant options may also be taken from other programmes, subject to agreement with the programme director.

Core modules

Option modules

MSc Development Studies dissertation

Entry requirements

Good degree (2:1 or above) in social sciences or humanities. Other applicants will also be considered.

Previous experience or study of development issues may be an advantage.

2 references: preferably both academic references, but employer references may be considered.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 7600 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 14200 pa

Payment and Fees Discounts

Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

Funding and Financial Support

Finishing your undergraduate degree this year? Current Birkbeck students are eligible for a £10,000 scholarship to fund a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015-2016.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

Careers and employability

Graduates go on to careers in development agencies and other international organisations, policy research, journalism, or the non-governmental sector. Possible professions include policy researcher or journalist. This degree can also be useful in becoming a market researcher or tourism officer.

Find out more about these professions.

Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Lectures, seminars, group work and presentations.

Assessment

Coursework, including essays, critical surveys of relevant literature and a reflective journal. Dissertation of 12,000 words.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent.

Read about Birkbeck research that crosses disciplines and focuses on pressing questions within the social sciences and humanities.

Further study opportunities

If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Development Studies.