Taught course

Development and Emergency Practice

Oxford Brookes University · School of Architecture

Entry requirements

The programme is open to candidates who fulfil at least one of the following conditions:

  • hold a good honours degree in a related discipline such as anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, psychology and other social sciences, architecture, Law, public health, public administration. Other fields are also welcomed, for example, medicine, IT, communications, information systems etc.
  • hold a relevant recognised diploma or professional qualification (eg in architecture, planning, environmental psychology, public health, public administration)
  • are in their final year of studying a degree in any relevant discipline
  • have substantial and proven field experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is run by the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), which is based within the School of Architecture.

The Development and Emergency Practice (DEP) course provides a unique academic setting for the study of international development, conflict, disaster management, urbanisation, humanitarianism and human rights. With its emphasis on practice, the course offers students the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in the rapidly changing fields of development and emergencies.

The programme is targeted at those with, or seeking, careers in NGOs, bilateral or multilateral humanitarian, development and human rights agencies, or governmental and commercial organisations working in international development.

Why choose this course?

  • This programme has an international reputation for excellence.
  • It is based on the expertise developed at Oxford Brookes University in the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice.
  • You will have the option of going on a field trip. Previous trips have been to Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • Many graduates go on to secure senior positions with international development or emergency organisations.

Information for international students

English language requirements - at least 6.5 in IELTS, with a minimum of 6.0 across all four components of the test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    21 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    9 months
      full time
      3-9 months

      Course contact details

      Programme Administrator
      01865 483810