Taught course

International Development (Governance, State-building and Development)

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

The good governance agenda that has emerged occurs now increasingly alongside the current debate on state-building, which encompasses issues such as accountability and transparency, corruption, conflict, political settlement, human rights, participation, access to justice, and democratisation. Governance and state-building are of particular interest to governments, non-governmental organisations and development agencies, as well as to a growing and vibrant academic community.
This programme explores the issues of governance, state-building and development from an interdisciplinary standpoint, combining the theoretical rigour of political science and the practical experience of development.

Information for international students

Every year students from over 30 different countries attend courses at IDD providing a diverse cultural mix. This course content focuses on case studies from developing and transitional countries. International students can find details of scholarships at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/scholarships/index.aspx

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

DD 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. Home/EU students can also request a Sources of Finance booklet for further information by emailing: financialsupport@bham.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

Students will attain skills in: Problem solving related to development management; policy analysis; computing; use of information services.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation50 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Debra Beard
+44 (0)121 414 5034