12 months
20500 GBP/year
10000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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In the International Development course at University of Exeter, you’ll receive training in major themes of development combined with a strong grounding in development policy and practice with a focus on developing and emerging economies

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  • Engage with serious international development challenges, including those of poverty, inequality, climate change, migration and displacement, health, and violence and conflict
  • Learn from world-leading experts with real-world experience and join a lively postgraduate community
  • You can tailor your programme to your interests and career ambitions with our array of optional modules
  • Benefit from practice-oriented training providing you with the skills and experience required to pursue a career in international development, including within governmental and non-governmental organisations


The MA in International Development enables you to develop the skills and knowledge required for a future career within international development, including within governmental and non-governmental organisations, humanitarian organisations or doner organisations.

Graduates could also go on to work in a range of other careers, such as journalism; local, national or international government service; policy analysis and advocacy. You may also go on to postgraduate study in a range of social science disciplines (including Politics, Development Studies).

Employer valued skills

Apart from specialist knowledge and skills relating to a range of careers in international development, you will also develop transferrable skills that are highly desirable in a range of careers. These include:

  • High-level research and writing skills
  • Analysis, evaluation and presentation skills
  • Excellent communication skills and experience, both written and oral
  • Ability to engage critically with complex ideas and arguments
  • Independent work skills of time-planning and motivation

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories of International Development
  • Tools, Policy, and Practice of International Development
  • Food Systems, Alternative Food Networks, and Ethical Consumption
  • Brexit: Causes, Interpretation and Implications
  • Global Issues in European Politics
  • Digital Politics and Policy
  • Forced Migration in International Relations
  • Understanding and Interpretation in Political Thought

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Whilst we don’t have a formal deadline for application, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We close to applications wishing to join us for study in 2022/2023 on Friday 16 September. We advise international applicants to submit a complete application by mid-July.


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you to hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant social science or humanities subject area. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a high 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application
  • For those applicants with substantial professional experience in the International Development sector we welcome applications from students who hold an Honours degree at 2:2 or above across a range of areas including education, the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, arts or business/management. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10000 GBP per year during 12 months.

UK fees per year:

  • £10,000 full-time; £5,000 part-time
International fees per year:
  • £20,500 full-time

Living costs for Exeter

649 - 1087 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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