Taught course

International Development

University of Sheffield · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a social sciences or arts and humanities subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description

This course engages with the challenges of international development in today’s complex world. You’ll develop skills and knowledge relating to development research and practice.

The course includes a 10-day field class currently in Galapagos, Nepal and Tanzania, which provides hands-on experience of research.

Core modules

  • Ideas and Practice in International Development
  • Research Design and Methods in International Development
  • Professional Skills for Development
  • Dissertation with Placement
  • International Development Field Class

Examples of optional modules

  • Understanding Environmental Change
  • Key Issues in Environment and Development;
  • Living with Climate Change in the Global South
  • Key Issues in Global Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Cities of Diversity
  • Cities of ‘the South’: planning for informality

Teaching and assessment

There are seminars, lectures, workshops and reading groups.

You’ll be assessed on your coursework assignments, project work and a dissertation.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Programmes Officer
+44 (0)114 222 7900