Taught course

International Development

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold a first or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject,from a recognised university OR An equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc International Development provides a multidisciplinary social science-based analysis and understanding of international development.

Students undertaking this course will:

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of current issues in international development policy and practice.
  • Study a critical in-depth analysis of specific aspects of international development relating to specific areas of interest.

We also encourage diversity of intake in terms of experience, qualifications and interests to stimulate the mutual experience and learning.

This course has a limited intake of students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

The excellence of the research undertaken within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences has been recognised by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011. In addition, Development Studies at the University of Bath has been placed within the top 50 in the world, according to the QS Top Universities global rankings.

Course Structure:

Core Units

  • Foundations of international development
  • Economics for international development
  • Sociology & social anthropology of development
  • Policy and politics of developing countries
  • Critical skills for international development and policy research
  • Academic research skills and dissertation preparation

Optional units

  • Critical issues in social development
  • Globalisation & economic insecurity: social policy challenges
  • Globalisation 2: political economy of globalisation
  • Management of development
  • World politics: conflict, security & development
  • Sustainable development: natural resources and sustainability
  • Wellbeing & human development 2: ethics and public policy
  • Wellbeing assessment in public policy and development practice

Students can also study one regional research specialism from South Asia, Africa and Latin Americaas part of an international development extended essay.

View Programme & Unit Catalogue for further information.

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Information for international students

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study. - IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components) - PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School provides guidance on potential sources of funding (studentships and scholarships) for postgraduate students. For more information, please visit our website.

Students from Commonwealth countries studying this programme are eligible to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS) Award.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 383037