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.
Development Studies (MSc) (Part-time)
Development Studies (MSc) (Full-time)
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.
MSc Development Studies dissertation
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.
Part-time home/EU students: £
paFull-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
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Funding and Financial Support
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.
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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
Lectures, seminars, group work and presentations.
Coursework, including essays, critical surveys of relevant literature and a reflective journal. Dissertation of 12,000 words.