Taught course

International Development: Globalisation, Trade and Industry

The University of Manchester · School of Environment and Development

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with a minimum of classification of Second Class Honours Upper Division (2:1) or its international equivalent. Admission of candidates who do not meet the criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided. Please contact the School's admissions office for further guidance.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is a one year full-time / two year part-time masters programme in international development. This coherent, interdisciplinary and applied programme examines the rapidly transforming global economy. The changing dynamics of cross-border, trade, finance and labour are fundamentally affecting how developed and developing countries relate to each other. This programme will convey to you a variety of analytic perspectives on contemporary issues relating to globalisation, international trade policy, industrial development, and their development consequences. Issues in globalisation including industrial competitiveness, upgrading, and technological change and their implications for local producers and workers are analysed using the analytical approaches of global value chains and global production networks. In this way, we enhance the skills of policymakers and would-be policymakers in the management of trade policy and the industrialisation process, while also providing you with the intellectual infrastructure and analytical tools for conducting research into industrialisation, trade and related fields in the developing world. This programme will provide an interdisciplinary and applied understanding of these issues, offering an opportunity to critically engage with this specialist field within international development theory and practice. Students will be encouraged to consider different ways of putting established ideas and recent insights into practice with an emphasis on academic reflection and policy processes.

Information for international students

Normal standard requirements are IELTS 7.0, with minimum writing score 7; TOEFL 600, with 5.0 TWE; Computer-based TOEFL 250, with 5.0 TWE; This requirement does not apply to applicants whose language of academic instruction for at least 1 year has been English (evidence must be provided).

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
0161 275 0336