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International Development (Distance Learning)

24 months
7003 GBP/year
7003 GBP/year
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The International Development (Distance Learning) course from University of Birmingham will provide you with an understanding of the evolution of thinking and practice in international development over the last fifty to sixty years.


The core module on the International Development by distance learning course aims to familiarise you with the key concepts (eg development and poverty) and theories (eg modernisation, dependency, neo-liberalism and the ‘crisis’ in development theory) and with the changing roles of international development organisations and states in promoting international development (eg through aid, trade and fiscal, monetary and social policies).

The emphasis throughout will be on encouraging you to reflect critically on what has worked well or not and why. You will select five optional modules (at 20 credits each) based on your individual interests and career aspirations.

Career opportunities  

This International Development (Distance Learning) course from University of Birmingham tends to recruit studentswho are either currently working for, or plan to work for, ngos, aid donors,the public service sector, etc.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Development 
  • Conflict and Development
  • Development in Practice (Distance Learning)
  • Development Politics
  • Disability and Development (Distance Learning)
  • Development Projects and Programmes
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US Grade Point Average is 3.2) or
  • A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent work experience.
  • Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate’s work experience can also be taken into consideration.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7003 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14007 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    7003 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14007 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • PG Diploma programme fee £9360


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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