International Development (Conflict, Security and Development) By Distance Learning, MSc/PGDip

International Development (Conflict, Security and Development) By Distance Learning, MSc/PGDip

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  • 24 months
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This International Development (Conflict, Security and Development) By Distance Learning programme from the University of Birmingham recognises the opportunities for educational provision in an area of increasing interest amongst the academic community, namely the links between development, security and conflict.

About

Study from anywhere in the world with practitioners in government, civil society and the private sector, as well as with people new to development. 

This International Development (Conflict, Security and Development) By Distance Learning International Development (Conflict, Security and Development) By Distance Learning programme from the University of Birmingham University of Birmingham provides a framework for exploring academic synergies and for students to undertake genuinely interdisciplinary study. 

Career opportunities

Students leaving this programme will be academically well-trained but also be in a position to undertake careers in conflict analysis and management in the developing world.

The programme is delivered online, using a web communications tools system (Canvas) and this web environment is where students are expected to take part in online discussions and group activities, guided by a tutor. All required reading is provided (either in hard copy or via our extensive electronic library, or via Internet links). Assessment takes the form of 2 items of assessment per module, plus a 10,000 to 15,000 word dissertation for the MSc.

Course structure

In delivering our distance learning programmes, we have drawn on lessons learned by academic institutions about how to provide effective distance learning and use a blended learning approach:

  • An intensive online induction programme is included to familiarise students with the web-based discussion boards, the online library facilities and the requirements of the programme
  • Required reading materials are provided in hard copy
  • Discussions and group activities take place within an online learning environment
  • Students benefit from interacting closely with each other and their tutors even while they are separated by continents and time zones (we have students in Africa, the Caribbean, the US, Eastern Europe, South East Asia and the UK)
  • Whilst discussion groups and access to the electronic library rely on the use of a computer, students are not tied to the computer for other reading materials
  • A short online research methods course is provided prior to starting the dissertation project
  • We pride ourselves on strong administrative, academic and pastoral support for students

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Critical Approaches to Development 
  • Conflict in Developing Countries 
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development
  • Development Management
  • Development Politics
  • Disability and Development (Distance Learning)
  • Introduction to Development Projects
  • Making Policy
  • Managing Public Money
  • NGOs in a Changing International Context
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Public Sector Reform and Development
  • Rural Poverty and Development
  • Social Analysis of Poverty and Development
  • Urban Poverty and Development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      MSc: 2 - 4 years; Postgraduate Diploma: 18 months - 4 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    88

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class
Recommended score: Pass

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Pass 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).

MSc/PGDip:

  • An upper second class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US GPA is 3.0) or
  • A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent and relevant work experience.
  • Adequate capacity in written and reading English. For those whose first language is not English, evidence of this capacity is required. Applicants should reach at least level 6.5 in the IELTS.
  • Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate?s work experience can be taken into consideration.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6075 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12150 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6075 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12150 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • PG Diploma programme fee: £8,100
  • PG Certificate programme fee: £3,930

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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