International Development (Online Learning)

The University of Edinburgh

M.Sc. Online
24 months
7775 GBP/year
7775 GBP/year
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The MSc in International Development (Online Learning) programme at The University of Edinburgh offers students an unparalleled opportunity to deepen their understanding and engagement with the most pressing challenges confronting people, communities and institutions in the Global South.


What are the processes that have shaped poverty and inequality across the world – as well as the responses to them? How do they differ across international, national, and local contexts? This International Development (Online Learning) programme at The University of Edinburgh builds and strengthens critical skills for analysing these development processes and inequities, exploring development issues in a range of different social, historical and political contexts. It aims to provide you with a rigorous multi-disciplinary grounding in major debates, theories and critical concepts as well as proficiency in applying these to investigate contemporary development challenges, policy processes, and initiatives.

Our students are part of a vibrant and growing online distance education community at our prestigious School of Social and Political Science and the College for Humanities and Social Sciences. Through our innovative platform and learning activities, they forge meaningful relationships with their peers and a range of academic colleagues linking them to other relevant online distance learning programmes, such as the MSc Global Challenges (OL), MSc in Global Health Policy (OL) and cognate programmes such as the MSc in Social Justice and Community Organising (OL) in Moray House School of Education and Sport.

Career opportunities:

With a solid background in international development study and practice, our graduates pursue current and future careers in a range of institutions including United Nations agencies, charities, non-governmental organizations, government ministries, and the private sector, as well as in research institutions and journalism.

Programme Structure

  • The MSc International Development is a part-time online distance learning programme which can be pursued over two or three years. All courses are taught through a combination of independent study and online group activities, allowing you to continue your life and career uninterrupted whilst returning to university study.
  • There are three core courses – Politics and Theories of International Development, Analysing Development, and Global Development Challenges – which equip students with a solid grasp of the key theories, issues, and actors of International Development, providing an optimum balance between policy and academic approaches.
  • You then further your interests in specific areas of international development, such as mobility and migration, monitoring and project design, the environment, or global health through your optional course choices. New optional courses, based on successful on-campus courses, will be added.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




  • No Attendance

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7775 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7775 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7775 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7775 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.

MSc (3 years) fees per year

  • Home/EU: £5,185
  • International: £5,185


UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. 

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.

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!

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International Development (Online Learning)
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