Taught course

Global Development and Africa

University of Leeds · School of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Global Development and Africa provides you with up-to-date knowledge and an in-depth understanding of key contemporary debates about Africa's politics, culture, society and sustainable development.

Dedicated core modules, including Africa in the Contemporary World, mean that this pathway will provide you with specialist knowledge in development matters affecting Africa and you will graduate with an MA Global Development and Africa, demonstrating to potential employers your understanding of the issues and debates in Africa today.

The course gives you the opportunity to survey the analytical approaches to the study of Africa's political economy and culture, and examine competing perspectives on core themes in Africa's development experience. You will investigate the major debates in environmental sustainability and agricultural development, and analyse the comparative experiences to be found within Africa, and between Africa and other developing regions.

You will also study the relations between the state, politics and development strategies in Africa since independence, and assess contemporary debates in development situating African and comparative experiences of food security, debt, development and environmental crises. The course will develop your research and presentational skills, and allows for you to specialise in your particular areas of interest.

For information please contact the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) Admissions Team.

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate. For details please refer to relevant course website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The School of Politics and International Studies offers six partial fee scholarships to international students studying a masters in the School. Find out more.

The University also has scholarships available to UK /EU and International Students. Find out more at http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (12000 words)

Course contact details

POLIS Postgraduate Office
+44 (0) 113 343 6843