M.Sc. On Campus

Communication for Development

University of Reading

12 months
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With the Communication for Development degree offered at the University of Reading you will face rapid changes in the communication landscape – technologies, communication processes, and communication opportunities – offer new ways to understand and improve livelihoods, poverty reduction, and governance. 


At the University of Reading studying the Communication for Development you will understanding how communication can support individual and social change can lead to more effective and dynamic development practice.

Practical applications of communication and development are diverse: they include extension and advisory services, communication and climate change risk reduction, communicating about health challenges, and communication to reduce food insecurity. 

As issues such as food security, challenging inequalities, supporting the role of agriculture, and addressing climate change challenges are of increasing important on the global development agenda, so too is the role of communication in facilitating, driving, and enabling change.

This master's programme:

  • builds a critical understanding of innovation and communication theory in the diverse contexts of international and local development.
  • strengthens professional competence in the design, planning and management of information and knowledge interventions.
  • provides a focus on practical application of new knowledge and skills to support innovation and change.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Concepts and practices of communication
  • Participatory interventions in development
  • Theories and practices of development
  • Addressing poverty and inequality
  • Gender and development

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree, ideally with upper second-class or above (or equivalent from an internationally recognised university outside the UK). Applicants who have relevant career experience are also encouraged to apply.
  • Students may join immediately after their undergraduate degree, or after some years of employment to enhance career prospects by acquiring further skills.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Reading

903 - 1382 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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