MSc International DevelopmentFind a programme
One year full-time;
two years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Open to international students||Yes|
|Start date||September 2017|
This programme is designed for a wide range of people involved in conceptualising or administering policies for a sustainable and substantial level of development in the world's poorer countries. It is especially suitable for those already involved in planning development strategies, those currently working for non-governmental organisations in the development field or anyone planning for a career in development.
The programme combines an intellectual and academic approach with policy-oriented and empirical studies of development, addressing three interrelated but separate facets of the development process:
- analysing what development means;
- studying the processes of planning (external aid, regional disparities, environmental factors, poverty and industrialisation);
- examining how development policies may be delivered and administered, analysing the importance of effective political and bureaucratic structures, and evaluating the contributions of NGOs and other external bodies.
Fees for 2017/18
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2017/18
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The MSc programme comprises six 12-week taught units and six assessed essays, followed by a dissertation.
- Conflict, Security and Development
- International Political Economy
- Theories of Development
You will choose three optional units from those offered by the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. Options vary each year but may include:
- Small Business Development
- Gender and Development
- Managing and Evaluating Development
- Development Skills in Practice
- Environmental Politics
- Faith and Development
- International Development Organisations
- Foreign Policy Analysis
- Military and militarisation
- International Human Rights
- Sino-US relations in global politics
- Politics of Genocide
- East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
- Care, Labour and Gender
- China's International Relations
- European Security
- Religion and Politics in the West
- Understanding Risk
- The Politics of Insecurity
- Theories of Violence
A full list of possible units is available on the SPAIS website.
Independent study for dissertation.
An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification). Degrees from all disciplines are considered.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
|Application method||Online application form|
|English language requirements||
Further information about English language requirements
|Admissions statement||Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.|
Bristol graduates are in high demand and have an excellent record of employment following graduation. Students of our MSc programmes go on to pursue varied and interesting careers.
Many sectors - such as the civil service, NGOs and charity work - require an MSc and some volunteer/internship experience. Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work for Refugee UK, Shelter, Barnardos, Oxfam, Amnesty International, government departments and the European Parliament, among others.
Further details can be found on our careers and alumni website.
21 April 2017.
If you are interested in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme for 2017, you must have completed and submitted your application by 14 January 2017.
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.
REF 2014 results
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- 33% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
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Get in touch
Postgraduate Senior Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 7577 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
University of Bristol
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Bristol BS8 1TU http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/study/postgraduate-taught/