M.Sc. On Campus

Africa and International Development

12 months
25300 GBP/year
16200 GBP/year
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The Africa and International Development programme from The University of Edinburgh offers a unique opportunity to acquire a combination of interdisciplinary, regional expertise of Africa with a critical knowledge of international development theory, policy and practice.


Our master’s students have the opportunity to join the inclusive group of world-class scholars that make up Edinburgh's Centre of African Studies (CAS), an internationally recognised hub for research and teaching on Africa. We are one of the oldest and largest African Studies centres in Europe and we pride ourselves on undertaking a diverse range of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research.

How will I learn?

This Africa and International Development programme from The University of Edinburgh encourages you to critically explore the burning issues in the context of Africa:

  • Development
  • Social Change
  • Governance
  • Inclusive growth

Africa is a vibrant continent endowed with immense natural and human resources as well as great cultural, ecological and economic diversity. While the continent still faces multidimensional challenges, it also actively shapes current narratives on development as exemplified by the phenomenal rise of digital technologies.

Career opportunities

With a multidisciplinary grasp of issues in regional and international development, many of our graduates have in the past secured work as professionals in:

  • international organisations
  • development agencies
  • international consultancy firms
  • governmental departments
  • non-governmental organisations
  • public sector
  • academia

We want to continue to make such opportunities available to students by providing increased access to them.

Programme Structure

The programme is available on a full-time basis over one year or on a part-time basis over two years. It is incredibly flexible to allow you to pursue the knowledge and skills most relevant to you.

Core courses Our three carefully designed core courses ensure that you acquire the knowledge foundations and professional skills required to work professionally in the field of international development:

  • Politics and Theories of International Development
  • Research Design and Practice
  • Governance, Poverty and Development in Africa

Option courses To that we add a variety of designated course options to allow students to develop specialised profiles as development professionals; for example:

  • Key Skills in Development Practice
  • Energy in the Global South
  • Displacement and Development
  • Infrastructure and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP per year during 12 months.
Part-time fees per year
  • Home: £7,700
    • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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