Taught course

International Development Practice (MSc)

Institution
University of St Andrews · Graduate School
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Our minimum academic requirement for entry to most programmes is a 2:1 degree classification from a recognised UK university or the equivalent in a subject-related area.

While the course draws elements from anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, management, medicine, modern languages, and statistics, applications are welcomed from suitably qualified applicants in other disciplines. Applications are also welcomed from suitably qualified applicants with degrees in applied fields – such as nursing, engineering, or education – who are interested in developing a career in international development.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MSc International Development Practice is a one-year interdisciplinary Masters degree designed to train students in both the theoretical and practical aspects of international development work.

Highlights

  • Combines exploration of key theoretical concepts in development studies with training in skills used by development practitioners.
  • Provides substantial introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods for assessing development programmes.
  • Targeted at students intending to follow a career in international development, and the summer research project can be undertaken in collaboration with organisations involved in development work.
  • Interdisciplinary approach means you can explore a range of methodological approaches.

The programme emphasises practical skills which will be of particular value if you are looking to develop a career in international development. Specific attention is paid to training in data methods – familiarising students with the ways in which quantitative and qualitative data methods can be used to understand and improve the effectiveness of development programmes.

Practical components are, in part, taught through hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced development practitioners. The programme also features discussion of different careers in development and a literature-based exploration of identity and development work.

Additionally, the summer research project has a strong practical focus. Subject to availability, projects may be undertaken in collaboration with an organisation involved in development work – allowing students to gain first-hand professional experience.

The MSc International Development Practice is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character and involves academic staff from the following Schools:

  • Economics and Finance
  • International Relations
  • Medicine
  • Modern Languages
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film Studies.

The interdisciplinary approach means that you can explore a range of methodological approaches and use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate development studies questions.

Teaching format

The MSc degree requires two semesters of full-time coursework, normally equivalent to six modules.

The course involves both independent and group study. Modules have different methods of delivery, including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • practical classes
  • field work

Assessments include:

  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • technical summaries

Modules

Each semester is organised around two core modules exploring the theory and methodologies needed to complete the end of programme project.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,360
International students
EU: £10,360  Overseas: £20,980

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
gradschool@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 2032