M.Sc. International Development (Conflict, Security and Development) / GDip

University of Birmingham

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This programme explores the issues of conflict, security and development from an interdisciplinary standpoint, combining the theoretical rigour of security studies and the practical experience of development. Issues examined include: dynamics and history of conflict in developing countries; theoretical approaches to understanding conflict; drivers of conflict; the relationship between global and local actors involved in conflict; security sector reform; implications of types of conflict for post-conflict reconstruction; design and implementation of post-conflict development strategies.

Who is the programme for?
The programme is designed for recent graduates preparing to work in international development and for professionals working for NGOs, donor or government funded development programmes

Careers
The programme is designed for recent graduates preparing to work in international development and for professionals working for NGOs, donor or government funded development programmes.

Contents

This specialised pathway comprises the following modules:

Compulsory core modules:

* 20 credits - Critical Approaches to Development
* 20 credits - Conflict in Developing Countries
* 20 credits - Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development
* 60 credits - Dissertation you focus in depth on a topic of particular interest, with support from a dissertation supervisor (MSc only)

60 credits from the following:

* 20 credits - Aid Management
* 20 credits - Conflict in Developing Countries
* 20 credits - Conflict Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction
* 20 credits - Critical Approaches to Development
* 20 credits - Development Management
* 20 credits - Development Politics
* 20 credits - Disability and Development
* 20 credits - Gender and Development
* 20 credits - Governance
* 20 credits - Governance and State Building in Developing Countries
* 20 credits - Human Resources / Managing People in Times of Global Changes
* 20 credits - Introduction to Development Projects
* 20 credits - Introduction to Disaster Management
* 20 credits - Knowledge Management and E-Governance
* 20 credits - Making Policy
* 20 credits - Managing Public Money
* 20 credits - Non-Governmental Organisations in a Changing International Context
* 20 credits - Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development
* 20 credits - Poverty Inequality Interventions and Approaches
* 20 credits - Public Economic Management
* 20 credits - Public Management and Leadership
* 20 credits - Religion and Development
* 20 credits - Rural Poverty and Development
* 20 credits - Social Analysis of Inequality, Poverty and Development
* 20 credits - State and City in Europe and Asia
* 20 credits - Transforming Development for Sustainability
* 20 credits - Urban Poverty and Development

Optional modules from the School of Government and Society are also available (subject to departmental policies). See the module choices in:

* Centre for Russian and East European Studies
* Department of Political Science and International Studies
* Institute of Local government Studies

Requirements

MSc:

* An upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field (the equivalent US Grade Point Average is 3.0) or
* A lower second-class Honours degree from an approved university with excellent work experience.
* Adequate capacity in written and spoken English. For those whose first language is not English, evidence of this capacity is required. Applicants should reach at least level 6.5 in the IELTS or 580 /93 for TOEFL.
* Degrees from all disciplines are considered and a candidate's work experience can also be taken into consideration.

Graduate Diploma:

* A lower second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university or an equivalent professional qualification in a relevant field is normally required. However, work experience can also be taken into consideration.
* Adequate capacity in written and spoken English: for those whose first language is not English, evidence of this capacity is required. Applicants should reach at least level 6 in the IELTS or 550/80 for TOEFL.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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