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  • Entry requirements
    If you wish to apply for these programmes, you should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account.

    However, if you have a good degree in, say, the natural sciences, humanities or languages, you may also apply, particularly if you have appropriate work experience.

    If you narrowly missed securing an upper second result, you should inform us of your circumstances so that your case can be considered on an individual basis.

    Language requirements

    Successful completion of a postgraduate degree demands facility in English. It is a requirement that essays and dissertations be well-written. Prospective and intending students whose first language is not English will need to ensure that their linguistic proficiency is adequate. They may need to undertake some language training in the University or elsewhere.

    The School has a minimum requirement.

    * TOEFL score on the paper-based test: at least, 580 with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).

    * TOEFL score on the internet-based test: 94, with minimum scores of 20 in listening, 23 in reading, 23 in speaking and 24 in writing.

    * TOEFL score on the computer-based test: at least, 240 with 4.0 on essay rating.


    A minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6 in all components.

    University Language Centre

    The School keeps its requirements under review and may request a higher level of proficiency.

    The University's Language Centre offers specialised pre-sessional English language programmes, which are suitable for students going on to study in the Institute. These programmes are also useful in helping students acclimatise to the UK academic environment.
  • Course description

    This pathway offers you ...
    • the opportunity to examine development strategies in Africa.
    • assess the options for Africa's future.
    • the chance to adopt a 'country' to investigate.
    • a wide range of optional modules.

    If you ...

    • want to catch up on lastest scholarship on development issues and Africa.
    • wish to compare African nations with other developing countries.
    • want an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of African development.
    • study both theory, policy and concrete case studies.

    ... then MA Global Development and Africa is the right course for you.

    MA Global Development and Africa provides you with up-to-date knowledge and an in-depth understanding of key contemporary debates about Africa's politics, culture, society and sustainable development.

    Dedicated core modules, including Africa in the Contemporary World, mean that this pathway will provide you with specialist knowledge in development matters affecting Africa and you will graduate with an MA Global Development and Africa, demonstrating to potential employers your understanding of the issues and debates in Africa today.

    The course gives you the opportunity to survey the analytical approaches to the study of Africa's political economy and culture, and examine competing perspectives on core themes in Africa's development experience. You will investigate the major debates in environmental sustainability and agricultural development, and analyse the comparative experiences to be found within Africa, and between Africa and other developing regions.

    You will also study the relations between the state, politics and development strategies in Africa since independence, and assess contemporary debates in development situating African and comparative experiences of food security, debt, development and environmental crises. The course will develop your research and presentational skills, and allows for you to specialise in your particular areas of interest.

    MA Global Development and Africa is available on a 12-month full-time basis (or 24 months on a part-time basis).

    The course has three compulsory modules, with a further 60 credits worth of optional modules. 

    Compulsory Modules
    Africa in the Contemporary World (30 credits) examines development strategies in Africa since independence. You will consider the key elements of the development process and assess options for the future. We compare African nations with other areas of the developing world.

    Development Theories, Strategies and Issues (30 credits) is an introductory module to the field of development studies and takes an interdisciplinary approach. You will focus upon theories of development, substantive issues of development, development strategy and project appraisal.

    Global Development and Africa Dissertation (60 credits) examines research design, different research methods, and techniques of data collection and analysis to help you prepare for your dissertation. Your dissertation will be a 10,000 word piece of research of a theoretical or empirical nature that illuminates an aspect of human and sustainable development in Africa.

    Optional Modules
    To complete a total of 180 credits, you also choose 60 credits worth of modules from the following list.
    • Political Economy of Resources and Development (30 credits)
    • Democratisation and Multi-Party Politics in Africa (30 credits)
    • Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance (30 credits)
    • Education in Development (30 credits)
    • Famine and Food Security (30 credits)
    • Gender, Globalisation and Development (30 credits)
    • Democracy and Development (30 credits)
    • Other Wars: Conflict in a Gendered Perspective (30 credits)
    • The EU and the Developing World (30 credits)
    • Environmental Politics and Policy (30 credits)
    • Sustainable Security and Stability (30 credits)
    • Democratic Theory and Political Transformation (30 credits)
    • Development Management Techniques (15 credits)
    • Research Methodology for Development (15 credits)
    • Religion, Theology and Development Issues (30 credits)
    • Rural Development: Theoretical and Policy Issues (30 credits)

    This programme is currently being confirmed for 2010/11, please note module options may be subject to change.

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