The study of Development Geography focuses on the developing regions of the world, often referred to as the 'Third World'. These regions, which comprise 75 percent of the world's population, are having to adapt to a rapidly changing world dominated by the powerful forces of globalisation. In addition, these regions are facing deep seated, as well as newly emerging development challenges, such as social inequality, distorted economies, political instability and HIV/AIDS.
The Masters by Research in Development Geography will appeal to those currently employed or seeking employment with a wide range of agencies concerned with development issues. Interest may also come from overseas students keen to develop skills and/or undertake research that might be applicable to their own situation. The programme will also benefit students contemplating an academic or research-oriented career, providing a manageable but stimulating introduction to the world of advanced level research in a highly topical subject area.
This course encourages a better understanding of the development dilemmas facing societies in developing countries by interrogating the forces and processes of change. This course is designed to equip students with the advanced level research skills required to support a substantive piece of original research into a chosen aspect of Development Geography. Potential research projects relevant to the programme include issues associated with: rural development, gender inequality, health and education, marginalized groups, the role of non-governmental organisations and development policy