Taught course

International Development (Poverty, Inequality and Development)

University of Birmingham · School of Government

Entry requirements

  • An upper second class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US GPA is 3.2) or
  • A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with relevant work experience.
  • Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate’s work experience can be taken into consideration.

Months of entry


Course content

The core module aims to familiarise you with the key concepts and theories and with the changing roles of international development organisations and states in promoting international development.

The purpose of this course is to give those working in the area of poverty reduction and development in developing and transitional countries, or those wishing to work in such areas, a firmer grounding in understanding poverty and inequality, promoting poverty reduction and analysing the performance of major poverty reducing programmes and policies.

The emphasis throughout will be on encouraging you to reflect critically on what has worked well or not and why. You will select three optional modules (at 20 credits each) based on your individual interests and career aspirations.

You will be able to study from anywhere in the world with practitioners in government, civil society and the private sector, as well as with people new to development.

View our course page to view the list of modules

Information for international students

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

  • IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band
  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    24-48 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • Diploma
    18-48 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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