Local and Regional Development (Research), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13980
    Tuition (Year)
    6000
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #190 ,
This course provides an opportunity to engage with contemporary debates in local and regional development theory and policy in an international context. It fulfils the current demand to build capacity and skills for strategic analysis and policy-making. We place a distinctive emphasis on the links between theory, policy and practice.

About

The Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), where you will be based, has played a leading role in contemporary academic and policy debates for over 35 years, and our research contributes directly to the teaching of this course. It offers you a great opportunity to engage with contemporary debates in local and regional development theory, governance and policy in an international context.

Delivery

You are taught by highly research active staff in a welcoming and supportive environment. We use interactive and participant focused teaching methods, including:

  • discussion of taught and read material
  • individual and group projects
  • case study analyses
  • practical projects
  • external practitioner speakers

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules
  • Thinking About Research
  • Information Skills
  • Dissertation Preparation
  • Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Local and Regional Development Theory and Policy
  • Local and Regional Development: Methodology, Analysis and Statistics
  • Local and Regional Development and Governance
  • Research Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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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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).

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject, such as the arts, humanities or social sciences:
  • geography
  • planning
  • urban studies
  • environmental studies
  • sociology
  • politics
  • history
  • business studies

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant industry experience. Applicants based in the UK may be invited to interview.

International students

If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13980 International
  • GBP 6000 EU/EEA

Funding

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