Taught course

International Development

The University of Manchester · School of Environment, Education 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 this 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.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations.
  • Two written references, signed by the referee and on official headed paper.
  • A personal statement detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application
  • Your CV
  • Copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.

Months of entry


Course content

MSc International 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 international 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 developing countries, would like to gain the skills and capacity to think critically about development, and/or are interested in studying a truly interdisciplinary course.

Informal enquiries, prior to application, are welcomed. Please contact Dr Nicholas Jepson, Deputy Programme Director (nicholas.jepson@manchester.ac.uk ).

Information for international students

We do not consider Pre-sessional courses as a method of satisfying the English language requirement for this programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English should meet the following language requirements:

  • IELTS overall score of 6.5 with a minimum writing score of 6.5 and 6 in the other subsections
  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a score of 22 in the written section and 20 in the other subsections
  • Pearson PTE overall score of 59 with a minimum score of 59 in the written section and 51 in all other subsections
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade C if taken before January 2015

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The School of Environment, Education and Development is offering a number of scholarships for 2018 entry. For further information please click here .

The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2018 entry (terms and conditions apply - please contact us for further information).

See also the University's postgraduate funding database for more funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development
0161 275 0969