Taught course

International Development

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in a social science subject and/or professional experience working for development agencies.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in International Development provides a multi-disciplinary programme in development studies for students interested in pursuing a career in development agencies, consultancy, the public sector and non-governmental organisations.

You will develop a deep understanding of development processes, and how international thinking and perspectives on development have impacted around the world.

You will also gain critical skills in analysing development policy and undertaking research in the context of developing countries.

The programme aims to:

* Develop analytical and conceptual skills and enable critical evaluation and investigation of development issues: what is development and where does it come from.
* Train students in comparative analysis: can we understand international development comparatively.
* Deliver in-depth knowledge of the main historical events, actors and processes that have shaped development: is development ahistorical.
* Examine local and international interpretations of development: do local cultures fit into development. Are local perspectives important in development.
* Cultivate the knowledge and skills required for pursuing a career in development agencies, political institutions or academia.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0) 131 651 3064