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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements English language requirements: * A TOEFL score of at least 50 (paper-based test) with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) or 220 (computer-based test) with 4.0 on the essay rating * minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in listening and reading, and not less than 5.0 in speaking and writing Academic entry requirements: * Good honours degree or equivalent in a social sciences related subject. Allowance may be made for relevant professional and work experience.
  • Academic Title
    Development Studies MA
  • Course description
    This is a well established programme which attracts a large and diverse group of students each year from a range of countries in the North and South and a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

    This programme is particularly suited for people with professional experience in development who require a rigorous analytical training as well as for those from other backgrounds who a seeking a course of study which covers the main theoretical approaches as well as practical tools for development

    12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

    The School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is one of the largest academic departments of its kind in Britain, covering four inter-related fields of study: politics, international studies, development studies, and European studies.

    The great strength of POLIS lies in its range and diversity, affording students the opportunity to benefit from the cross-cutting expertise of our staff; a typical MA class has students from a range of backgrounds and national origins. Around 50% of our postgraduates are from overseas, typically from around 30 different countries in any one year.

    POLIS was formed in August 1999 from the merger of the Department of Politics and the School of International, Development and European Studies. With over thirty members of staff, POLIS is one of the largest academic departments in the field of politics and international studies in the UK, providing an exciting environment for study at BA and postgraduate levels.

    Through strong in areas such as British politics and political theory, the School of Politics and International Studies is much more than a traditional UK Politics department: we celebrate a rich variety of interests and approaches. Much of our work is highly international in orientation, and staff expertise covers Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, the post-Soviet world, and South and South East Asia . We have more than 25 nationalities among our current research students, and a number of backgrounds and nationalities among our teaching staff.

    POLIS brings together academic specialists in four areas: Political Studies, International Studies, European Studies, Development Studies.

    We aim to promote excellence in teaching and research in the core disciplines of politics and international studies, and are particularly committed to promoting interdisciplinary degree schemes and research.

    What you study
    The course is built around a common core module: Development Theories, Strategies and Issues, option modules and a dissertation. The programme is very flexible and combines the broad introduction provided by the core course, with the development management and research modules and the opportunity for students to pursue their own particular interests in their choice of option modules and in the dissertation. The MA also involves a dissertation, a 12,000 word in depth study which is supervised on an individual basis in the School.
    Development Studies can be combined with Disability Studies, Education, European Politics or Gender.

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