Taught course

International Development

University of East Anglia · School of International Development

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a good first degree from a recognised higher education institution, at 2:1 classification or requivalent. This should be in a related social science discipline, such as anthropology, sociology, geography, or political science. Those with other backgrounds, especially if they have practical experience in development work, may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA International Development degree offers advanced cross-disciplinary training in development history, theory, research methods, and practical applications in a wide range of topics and geographical regions. The programme is driven by our practical engagements with development as much as by theory.
This Masters course will be attractive to graduates from a wide range of academic backgrounds who are interested in understanding development. It will also satisfy professionals working in national and international NGOs, government departments, and other development activists, seeking social science perspectives on their work. Many of our graduates go on to pursue higher research while others obtain successful entries into careers in international development, civil service and the media among others.

The last thirty years have seen major changes in our understanding of social and economic change, transition and development. These are complex processes requiring considerable attention to the specifics of local situations and circumstances. They are also processes which are situated in a system of global interconnections and influences. Because of this tension between the global and the local, they require subtle understanding of the interplay of social, cultural, political and economic variables. These involve various actors and agents including states, international organisations (UN, FAO, WHO, ILO, IFAD, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNRISD, WIDER, WFP), the multilateral and bilateral aid agencies (World Bank, DFID, SIDA), NGOs (Oxfam, Action Aid, Transparency International, and others), social movements (World Economic Forum, World Summit on Social Development) and the private sector in any particular context. The course curriculum includes an intensive treatment of all these issues.

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)

Fees and funding

A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to UK/EU and International students. These are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515