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Global Development

University of Leeds

12 months
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This Global Development programme at University of Leeds examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies.


You will learn about the experiences and viewpoints of people and nations of the Global South regarding development issues, as well as the inter-relationships between global, national and local actors in contested strategies for development.

There are opportunities to review strategies, programmes and policies in development, including organisations and donors promoting development, and assess the progress made towards key international development goals.

This Global Development programme at University of Leeds will enable you to gain advanced insights into debates and controversies at the centre of contemporary development challenges and analyse both the theories and realities of development, to understand the different approaches, practices and discourses involved.

Career opportunities

You’ll gain a wide range of professional skills on top of your subject knowledge. You’ll have an understanding of project design and management in a development context, as well as being able to analyse quantitative and qualitative data. You’ll be able to construct clear arguments, critically assess different options for action, analyse policy documents, write research reports and give presentations. You’ll also be trained to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations.

Our programme equips you for various career paths. Compatible careers include working in international development agencies, international organisations, governments, politics, NGOs, research organisations, policy making, companies, media, and academia.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in the UK and overseas in various organisations such as Greenpeace; Wateraid; the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; the Italian Embassy and beyond. Many also pursue further study by commencing PhD research.

Throughout your time with us we will encourage you to seek practical work experience in the international development field, and we will advise you on how to go about it.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Inequalities and Development
  • Research & Project Skills- Experiential Learning
  • Dissertation
  • Engaging the Modern City: The Civic Researcher
  • Global Politics of Health
  • Africa in the Contemporary World
  • Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
  • Education in Development
  • Gender, Globalisation and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or a non-UK equivalent in a social science, humanities, or other related discipline. Relevant experience will also be taken into account.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 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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