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Overview

The MSc Development Studies a the London South Bank University is led by Professor Gaim Kibreab and taught by excellent research-active lecturers who specialise in social and economic development, as forced migration. See the current research projects tied to the International  Development, Emergencies and Refugee Studies (IDEARS) Research Group.

Through the use of case studies you'll analyse a range of issues, crucial for Development policy and practice, such as:

  • Globalisation: markets, trade and the global economy;
  • Trade and Aid: the role of international institutions and agencies;
  • Strategies for Industrialisation: economic growth and human development;
  • Social Development: livelihoods, poverty and poverty reduction;
  • Developing the Rural Sector: Agrarian Policies, migration and urbanisation;
  • Environmental policies and sustainable development;
  • Political empowerment, participation, and human rights.

The course develops the skills required to undertake development research, focusing on appropriate methodologies, data collection, policy and project design and implementation. A research dissertation forms a central part of your work on the course.

Employability

A humanities masters has the real advantage of opening up careers in a number of professions such as teaching, social work, administration and higher level education. Graduates have forged exciting careers in research-related work, public relations, advertising, retail, management and media-related work.

Previous students have entered careers in many fields working for international organisations such as the United Nations and its constituent organisations, the World Bank, the International Labour Organisation and the World Health Organisation. Many students take up posts in their home countries within government, non-government and civil society organisations, or with non-governmental development organisations in the UK, in addition to teaching posts in universities and colleges specialising in Development research and practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary issues in development
  • Human development in a globalised world
  • Research methods for development
  • Economies in transition: strategies for industrialisation
  • Forced migration and resettlement
  • Human rights in the developing world
  • Research dissertation (triple module)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:2 first degree/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in a relevant subject area. Relevant professional experience will also be considered. 
  • Applicants will be assessed on the personal statement as well as the entry qualifications.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13776 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13780 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7872 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7875 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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