Taught course

Global Development

The University of Manchester · School of Environment, Education and Development

Entry requirements

We require a UK Honours degree with a First or Upper Second (2.1) classification or the overseas equivalent, in any discipline.

When assessing your academic record we take into account the grades you have achieved and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Global Development offers a coherent and interdisciplinary grounding in the core aspects of development theory, policy and practice.

The course is designed for social science graduates, or for those working in a wide range of development organisations both internationally and in the Global South.

It aims to blend theory and practice and seeks to explain policy behaviour through an integrated approach, drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives.

MSc Global Development is both a course in its own right and an umbrella structure that houses a range of more specialised master's courses, each of which explores a key dimension of global development under four broad thematic headings:

  • global political economy; 
  • governance and management; 
  • poverty and inequality; 
  • the environment.

The course is ideal if you're looking to learn more about low- and middle-income countries, would like to gain the skills and capacity to think critically about development, and/or are interested in studying a truly interdisciplinary course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development
+44 (0) 161 275 2814