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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 course offers you ...
    • Social, economic and political perspectives on how education links with development
    • A critical perspective on the current Education for All and Millenium Development Goal agendas in both policy and practice
    • Theoretical understandings of human rights, capability and human capital approaches to education in development
    • Opportunities to consider how literacy relates to empowerment and why marginalised groups suffer pervasive educational disadvantage
    • Understandings of how education can contribute to or reduce violence, conflict and human tragedy such as HIV/AIDS
    • Analysis of governance reforms and how these impact on community ownership of educational processes
    • International case studies and practical comparative experience

    If you …
    • are interested in issues of global poverty and international education.
    • have experience of working in the developing world or wish to do so.
    • wish to challenge and contest mainstream ideas on international development.
    • want to combine theoretical discussion with practical policy evaluation.

    ... then MA Global Development and Education could be the right course for you.

    MA Global Development and Education combines the core element of the MA Global Development, with a specialism in Education in Development as well as options that include international educational management and leadership.

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

    Compulsory Modules

    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.

    Education in Development (30 credits) explores key contemporary debates, theories and practices in international education and development. You will compare the idea of Education For All against the Millennium Development Goal for education, and the value of international target setting. As well as analysing global trends in adult literacy, you will also examine policy making processes and implementation, the elusive concept of quality, and the promise and practices of decentralisation and community participation.

    Dissertation: Education and Development (60 credits) leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in international education management and development studies through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.

    Optional Modules

    To complete a total of 180 credits, you also choose 60 credits worth of modules from the following list.
    • International Educational Management (30 credits)
    • Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance (30 credits)
    • Democratisation and Multi-Party Politics in Africa (30 credits)
    • Famine and Food Security (30 credits)
    • Development Management Techniques (15 credits)
    • Research Methodology for Development (15 credits)
    • Democracy and Development (30 credits)
    • Gender, Globalisation and Development (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)

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

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