Taught course

International Development with Philanthropy

Northumbria University · Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates should possess one of the following: 1st degree (at least second class honours degree standard) and/or a Masters in an international development related subject or equivalent professional experience/qualification. Advanced standing may be considered within the programme through recent (within 5 years) APL of a relevant postgraduate qualification which maps directly onto the relevant learning outcomes, notional student workload and level of academic difficulty

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This interdisciplinary course equips you with a critical and up to date understanding of key contemporary trends and patterns in international development and philanthropy, including the roles and impacts of philanthropic organisations and the ways their policies and practices shape how individuals and communities experience and challenge poverty and marginalisation. You will develop a critical appreciation of the changing dynamics of relationships between civil society actors, activity and institutions, ranging from philanthropic foundations, to international volunteers, and international development. This is set against the backdrop of how geo-political changes such as the emerging power of the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) have shaped new modes of development aid.

Designed to enhance your employability in relation to international development and philanthropic practice and research, the course will enable you to understand and engage critically with key contemporary debates within the sector. You will have a wide range of resources at your fingertips – including access to cutting edge research, guest speakers, and bespoke careers guidance – giving you the specialist skills and knowledge you need to work in a range of careers across the development and philanthropy field, including with NGOs, governments, think tanks, philanthropic foundations, and multilateral organisations.

Located within the Centre for International Development, and taught by a team of internationally-recognised lecturers with extensive experience in the development sector, this course will give you access to a range of seminars and events, as well as networking and work experience opportunities, ensuring you have the edge in kick-starting your career in international development.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


part time
24/28 months
full time
12/16 months

Course contact details

Admisisons Office
0191 227 4444