Taught course

Development Policy and Politics MSc

University of Birmingham · International Development Department

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a good Honours degree, or equivalent from an approved university (or an equivalent professional qualification in a related field). Degrees from all disciplines are considered. A candidate's work experience is also taken into consideration. Applicants whose previous experience has not fully prepared them for an intensive one-year Masters programme may opt to undertake a course of study beginning with a one-year Graduate Diploma in International Development with English.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme combines theoretical approaches to international political economy with practical experience of development to create a unique, multidisciplinary degree.
It explores: Competing theories of political economy and political development: how theories of development link to development practice; Different political systems and their histories; The complex relationship between political economy and development, including trade, financial systems, and aid; The impact of political systems and political actors on developmental success and failure; The impact of the political economy in developing countries (and globally) on aid and donor policies

Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/scholarships/index.aspx

Fees and funding

IDD offers up to four bursaries for taught programmes up to the value of 50% of students' fees (whether EU or overseas). Please contact the Department directly for more information (tel: +44 (0)121 414 5034; email: idd@bham.ac.uk). Home/EU students can also request a Sources of Finance booklet by emailing: financialsupport@bham.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

IDD Postgraduate Office
+ 44 (0)121 414 5034