Taught course

Communication for Development

Institution
University of Reading · Graduate Institute of International Development and Applied Economics - GIIDAE
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our MSc Communication for Development aims to develop the knowledge and skills to support positive change through communication

Rapid changes in the communication landscape – technologies, communication processes, and communication opportunities – offer new ways to understand and improve livelihoods, poverty reduction, and governance. Understanding how communication can support individual and social change can lead to more effective and dynamic development practice.

Practical applications of communication and development are diverse: they include extension and advisory services, communication and climate change risk reduction, communicating about health challenges, and communication to reduce food insecurity. As issues such as food security, challenging inequalities, supporting the role of agriculture, and addressing climate change challenges are of increasing important on the global development agenda, so too is the role of communication in facilitating, driving, and enabling change.

This master's programme:

  • builds a critical understanding of innovation and communication theory in the diverse contexts of international and local development.
  • strengthens professional competence in the design, planning and management of information and knowledge interventions.
  • provides a focus on practical application of new knowledge and skills to support innovation and change.

Class sizes vary by subject and module, but emphasis is always placed on good contact time with lecturers. Learning occurs across a variety of lectures, seminars, tutorials and field trips.

On joining this course, you will become a member of the School's Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE). As a GIIDAE student, you will have the option of undertaking a placement during the summer period, however this is not a requirement of the degree.

For information on the scholarships, modules, bursaries and other sources of funding available to you, visit the GIIDAE website.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,735 per year (full-time)
International students
£16,450 per year (full-time)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Global Recruitment Team
Email
student.recruitment@reading.ac.uk