Taught course

MA Development Practice

University of East Anglia · International Development UEA

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Entry requirements

  • Degree Subject: Any good first degree

  • Degree Classification: 2.1 or equivalent.

Applicants should normally have a good first degree from a recognised higher education institution. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Development Practice is a new interdisciplinary degree focusing on the key management and strategic challenges that development faces. It will provide students with a solid conceptual understanding of key debates and issues in international development, combined with technical skills in project design and management.

It will appeal to students wishing to start or advance a career in development and humanitarian management. It offers a full introduction to the way the sector works, from planning to critical issues affecting the sector. Over the year and the two core modules, students will develop an increasingly rigorous and deep critique of both the ways the NGOs and other agencies work, and the political contexts of development.

Recent decades have seen shifts in the way NGOs and other organisations in the sector operate, and this course is designed to provide students with critical perspectives on these changes, and equip them with tools for contributing to the way forward.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests.

Fees and funding

Find out more about UEA’s funding options.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)1603 591515