MSc International Development
Dept Social & Policy Sciences (incl Centre for Development Studies) University of Bath
The MSc in International Development explores contemporary understandings of the problems confronting developing countries and the efforts that are being made to resolve them. It develops students' skills in independent criticism and enquiry, which can be applied to policy analysis and practical problem solving. The academic backgrounds of students and staff are not restricted to the social sciences and the diversity of experiences is regarded as an important feature of the programme. The MSc in International Development examines different ways of defining, measuring and explaining development and underdevelopment from the perspectives of different social sciences and schools of thought. Students' are encouraged to relate their own experience to the different theories of development, enabling them to bring to bear a wider range of ideas and perspectives on development issues and problems. Students are given opportunities to identify, research and develop their own original arguments in specialist areas own choosing. See http://www.bath.ac.uk/econ-dev/pg/mid.htm.
Type of course
Postgraduate taught course
Given the breadth of subjects covered within International Development, combined with the interest in those with relevant experience, we encourage diversity of intake in terms of experience, qualifications and interests to stimulate the mutual experience and learning environment. As a guide however, we would welcome applications from those who have a: + 2.2 or higher first degree or equivalent in a social science subject, or a + 2.1 in another subject, or relevant professional experience. Students should normally have prior experience of working in development although this is not essential. This should in some way be relevant and have contributed to the applicants maturity, world view and hence the relevance of the course to them. Experience of working in development organisations, projects or in developing countries (for those not from them) is particularly useful. However, experience of business, government and other sectors has often motivated enquiry and activity related to development which is also relevant. Underlying these conditions is a belief that students must bring a minimum combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience to the programme. Marginal cases are often dealt with at interview, and it is not uncommon for relatively inexperienced students to be asked to defer entry. Applicants should have a good command in English, oral as well as written. If English is not your first language students should have obtained a minimum score in English language tests of: + IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components) or + TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet based) If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the University's English Language Centre. Applications must be sent by post to: Graduate Office, University of Bath, Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY UK Each application should comprise: + Letter of Interest explaining why you wish to apply + completed Application Form - available in WORD or PDF format + 2 references (at least one academic reference) in signed sealed envelopes, each comprising a completed Reference Request - available in WORD or PDF + your degree certificate/transcript + English language certificate (if your native language is other than English) + (in the case of those students applying for an MPhil/PhD) a Research Proposal which comprises a full description of your research interests and an outline of the research you propose to undertake. Indicate if possible how the proposed research relates to your first degree and/or subsequent qualifications or professional experience. All applications for taught MSc and MRes programmes are considered, and decisions as to whether or not to offer a place are made, by the programmes' Admissions Tutor/Director of Studies. Applications for research MPhil/PhD programmes are reviewed by the Director of Studies and possible Supervisor(s). Candidates are strongly advised to apply as soon as possible - whilst applications as late as July may still be considered, the offer of places is usually based on a first-come, first-served basis. Suitable applications to programmes which have already been allocated their full quota of students may be offered a place in the following academic year.
Start and finish dates
Starts October each year
Average student numbers
(i) Placements possible (including overseas) during the dissertation stage over the summer period, however this is subject to student performance and availability. (ii) Separate PG Certificate and PG Diploma (comprising semester 1 and semesters 1&2 respectively) are available as intermediate qualifications. (iii) Individual units may also be selected as part of the Postgraduate Continuing Professional Development in International Development.