Taught course

International Development: Politics, Governance and Development Policy

The University of Manchester · Institute for Development Policy and Management - IDPM

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent). Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided.

Months of entry


Course content

It is now widely acknowledged that politics is critical to the success of development, whether in terms of governmental commitment to poverty reduction, increased political voice for marginal people or new patterns of power relations within global institutions.

It is in this context that IDPM is pleased to introduce a new pathway Politics & Governance, within the MA International Development, which examines the obstacles to and pathways towards more legitimate, democratic and pro-poor forms of governance at global, national and local levels. It interrogates the discursive paradigms and material interventions in the area of politics and governance, which have moved to the centre of the international development agenda since the late 1980s.

Teaching is based on a research-led approach by core members of IDPM staff, partly in collaboration with the Department of Politics in the School of Social Sciences and with the School of Law. Students completing the programme will have developed a thorough understanding of the political dynamics that underpin processes of political transformation and social change in non-Western societies. They will also have a critical understanding of the role and practise of politics within international development.

Information for international students

An IELTS Test score of 7.0; Or a TOEFL Test (Paper-based) score of 600; Or a TOEFL Test (Computer-based) score of 250; Or a TOEFL Test (Internet based) score of 100; An NCUK PMP EAP Grade A.

Fees and funding

Please visit the University website for funding information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
27 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)161 275 0336