Taught course

International Development with Policy Analysis

Northumbria University · Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

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

The MSc International Development with Policy Analysis provides students with advanced policy analysis skills for analysing and evaluating international development policy. It is informed by the belief that the analysis and evaluation of policy is a key skill for those who work in a range of public and non-governmental organisations and/or for those who are directly affected by public policy decisions.

Designed to enhance student employability in international development policy at local, national and international scales, the programme applied ethos of the programme is complemented by the analysis of how international development has been affected by the changing nature of the state, specifically the hollowing out of the state. In this way, students develop a critical appreciation of the global/local dimension of the policy environment, thereby gaining an understanding of the factors that constrain and enable governments, non-governmental actors and policy makers in shaping and being shaped by international development policy

Information for international students

Students who do not have English as their first language are required to have the British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5 or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


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

Course contact details

0191 227 4444