Taught course

International Development

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A good first degree in a social science subject, or an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience. Underlying these conditions is a belief that students must bring a minimum combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience to the programme. Marginal cases are often dealt with at interview, and it is not uncommon for relatively inexperienced students to be asked to defer entry.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is designed for those wishing to pursue PhD research and those seeking to develop careers as policy analysts or applied researchers in international development.

The programme:

  • Combines the academic study of key international development issues with a comprehensive exploration of research methods and skills Offers a detailed examination of current and applied international development research
  • Supports the application of knowledge and skills to address contemporary research questions
  • Comprises a mix of Faculty-wide research-based units and departmental disciplinary-based specialisations

Programme Structure:

Core units:

  • International development and poverty
  • Short and long research apprenticeship projects
  • Quantitative methods 1
  • Qualitiative methods 1
  • Principles & skills of social research
  • Research skills and dissertation prepartation
  • Dissertation

Optional units:

  • Sociology & anthropology of development
  • Policy theory & the politics of developing countries
  • Comparative European social policy
  • Globalisation 1: political sociology of globalisation
  • Economics for International Development
  • International policy analysis
  • Quantitative methods 2
  • Qualitiative methods 2
  • Critical issues in social development
  • Management of Development
  • International development extended essay
  • World politics, conflict , security & development
  • Sustainable development livelihoods and wellbeing
  • Wellbeing & human development 2 : development ethics
  • One of Regional research specialisms (Africa, South America or South East Asia)

Programme intake is limited to 10 students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components); TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in TWE or 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#socialpolicy
International students
Please see: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/fees/taughtfees/hss/index.html#socialpolicy

View information on the funding opportunities on our website.

ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) recognised programme, suitable for ESRC-funding

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme award for candidates from eligible Commonwealth Countries (excluding the UK).

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


part time
16 months
full time
4 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 386634