Taught course

Social Development and Sustainable Livelihoods

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

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years’ relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

This course offers the opportunity to explore the importance of social change and cultural factors in international development, develop understanding of theoretical frameworks for analysing change and strengthen competence in planning, managing and assessing activities that have implications for household and community livelihoods. The curriculum covers concepts and methods of social development; politics of development; social policies and institutions; and planning and implementation of development interventions. It is suitable for both recent graduates and professionals with practical experience. Flexibility in module selection and your research project will allow you to develop the programme of study to suit your career ambitions.

Information for international students

Evidence of English Language ability required. Normal requirements are: • an overall score of 7.0 in the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) with no individual element scoring less than 6.0 or • an overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS with no individual element scoring less than 5.5

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


distance learning
n/a months


distance learning
n/a months

Course contact details

Dr Henny Osbahr
+ 44 (0)118 378 8882