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Participation, Power and Social Change, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #161 (WUR) ,
Explore the challenges of power relations, participation and citizen engagement – and what it means to facilitate change processes in pursuit of social justice.

About

We’ve designed our MA for experienced practitioners and social activists. It combines coursework with work-based learning and action research.

You will:

  • critically reflect on your own practice
  • learn about different conceptual and methodological approaches to participation
  • develop your analysis and facilitation skills to engage with change processes at various levels.

A core component of this course is the four-month period of work-based action learning. You'll examine your own practice and that of your host organisation or social process, seeking to apply your learning in a beneficial way.

Careers

IDS postgraduates have gone on to work in:

  • conservation, agriculture and food
  • finance and state ministries
  • UN agencies such as UNESCO
  • government departments such as DFID
  • NGOs including ActionAid.

They are all working to define and solve some of the most pressing global challenges. Some also go on to work in academic research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Aid and Poverty: the Political Economy of International Development Assistance
  • Climate Change and Development
  • Competing in the Green Economy
  • Debating Poverty and Vulnerability: Policy and Programming
  • Democracy and Public Policy
  • Development in Cities
  • Governance of Violent Conflict and (In)security
  • Health and Development
  • Nutrition
  • Poverty, Violence and Conflict
  • Public Financial Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    95

    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:

    7

    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 C):

    185

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    67

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

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 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).

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

  • Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social sciences or a related subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Brighton

  • 815 - 1390 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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