Taught course

Africa and International Development

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements for this programme are normally a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in social sciences. Given the applied nature of the programme professional experience may compensate for lower than normal academic entry requirements. Applicants with a degree in the humanities or physical sciences may be accepted, subject to appraisal by the programme director.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Africa and International Development locates African development firmly in theory and practice. It contextualises and analyses the processes that have shaped poverty and underdevelopment in Africa, and the many responses to them.

The programme offers a grounded and multi-disciplinary grasp of issues of development in an African context for students interested in pursuing a career in development agencies, research, the public sector and non-governmental organisations.

Core components of the degree tackle the theories and politics of international development, the history of poverty and development in Africa, and strategies designed to address developmental problems on the continent.

A range of optional courses are available to enable you to gain in-depth knowledge on particular issues related to development, such as gender, science and technology, environment, aid, and research methodologies.

Fees and funding

Visit our Scholarships and Student Finance Office at http://www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk/ for information about funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0) 131 651 5074