International Development (Conflict, Security and Development), MSc/GDip

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  • 12 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
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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.

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.

Programme Structure

Compulsory core modules:

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

Optional modules

  •  Aid Politics and Policy
  •  Development Management
  •  Development Politics
  •  Disability and Development
  •  Gender and Development
  •  Governance and State Building in Developing Countries
  •  Human Resources / Managing People in Times of Global Changes
  •  Introduction to Development Projects
  •  Introduction to Disaster Management
  •  Making Policy
  •  Managing Public Money
  • Governmental Organisations in a Changing International Context
  •  Poverty Inequality Interventions and Approaches
  •  Public Economic Management
  •  Public Management and Leadership
  •  Public Sector Reform and Development
  •  Rural Poverty and Development
  •  Social Analysis of Inequality, Poverty and Development


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. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Duration part-time 24 months

      MSc: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time. Graduate Diploma: 9 months full-time, 2 years part-time. (part time options only available to UK/EU students)

  • 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: 6.5

    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 B2): 176

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15660 International
  • GBP 8190 EU/EEA
  • £8,190 FT (Home/EU students)
  • £4,095 PT (Home/EU students)
  • £15,660 FT (Overseas students)


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