Taught course

International Development

University of Sheffield · Department of Geography

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in one of the following disciplines: social sciences; arts and humanities; biosciences; dentistry; medicine; or public health.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description

This course is taught in conjunction with the School of Health and Related Research

You’ll develop an understanding of the interventions necessary to improve the health of communities in the Global South.

By exploring contemporary theory, policy and practice in public health and international development, you’ll gain the skills to tackle these challenges working in a public health and development role. There’s an emphasis on applying theory to the everyday complexities of health and development.

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
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Key Issues in Global Public Health
  • Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Dissertation with Placement
  • Professional Skills for Development
  • International Development Field Class

Examples of optional modules

  • Living with Climate Change in the Global South
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Informatics for Public Health
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Cities of Diversity
  • Cities of ‘the South’: planning for informality

Teaching and assessment

There are seminars, lectures, workshops, reading groups. You also do some fieldwork. You’re assessed on 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


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Programmes Officer
+44 (0)114 222 7900