You may want to consider our MSc International Development or Masters of Research programmes.
The programme is designed for university graduates or mid-career professionals pursuing careers in;
The excellence of the research undertaken within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences has been recognised most recently by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011. We were also ranked 2nd in the country in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.
Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.
Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects, oral presentations and examinations.
We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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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Funding for Masters programmes and other taught courses is far from guaranteed, but there is some funding out there. Be prepared to compete. Apply for funding early, and if the most obvious sources don't work out, be ready for a more proactive search.
You can get information about sources of funding from the Careers Advisory Service.
Many postgraduates fund themselves through Professional and Career Development Loans. These place limits on subject of study, eligibility criteria and the amount of funding so read the details carefully. Loans have to be paid back and the terms may not be as favourable as those for undergraduate loans from the Student Loans Company.
There are a number of scholarships for international students funded each year.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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