M.A. Local and Regional Development (Research)

Newcastle University

Tuition fee:
  • £ 5,500 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 12,680 / Year (International)
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 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.

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.

DeliveryYou 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

Contents

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

Requirements

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

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62, or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

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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