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

University of Birmingham | Birmingham , United Kingdom
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.

The International Development Department is well-regarded internationally by sponsors, donor agencies, governments and NGOs. Study with us to benefit from:

  • Expertise in key issues and skills valued by employers
  • A vibrant, welcoming community
  • Individual overseas fieldwork or study visit included in fees (on-campus programmes)
  • Flexible programmes and a wide choice of modules (part-time students also welcome)
  • A diverse and international student body
  • Strong support in study and English language skills

Each programme is taught by a team of multi-disciplinary specialists who work closely with students to address individual interests and concerns. Every student is allocated an academic tutor to support them in their academic progress throughout the year. The department has a long history of teaching students from across the world, and recent students have come from 99 different countries and a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 14850 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 7650 Year (EEA)
  • £3,825 PT (Home/EU students)
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

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 Politics and Policy
  • 20 credits - Conflict Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction
  • 20 credits - Development Management
  • 20 credits - Development Politics
  • 20 credits - Disability and Development
  • 20 credits - Gender and Development
  • 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 - Making Policy
  • 20 credits - Managing Public Money
  • 20 credits - Non-Governmental Organisations in a Changing International Context
  • 20 credits - Poverty Inequality Interventions and Approaches
  • 20 credits - Public Economic Management
  • 20 credits - Public Management and Leadership
  • 20 credits - Public Sector Reform and Development
  • 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:Department of Political Science and International StudiesInstitute of Local government Studies

English Language Requirements

CAE score
200(Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)

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  • 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.
  • 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.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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