Global Development and Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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ThisGlobal Development and Education programme at the University of Leeds examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies with a focus on education in development.

About

Youll learn about the experiences and viewpoints of people and nations of the Global South regarding development issues, as well as the inter-relationships between global, national and local actors in contested strategies for development.

Youll also review strategies, programmes and policies in development, including organisations and donors promoting development, and assess the progress made by different development actors towards key international development goals.

In addition, youll explore controversies at the centre of contemporary development challenges and analyse both the theories and realities of development, to understand the different approaches, practices and discourses involved.

Research insight

The Global Development and Education programme at the University of Leeds has a close working relationship with the Global Development and Justice research group that aims to examine central debates within the field of global development from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The Global Development and Justice research group is also actively involved, amongst others, in the Centre for Global Development, a university-wide network that promotes cross-disciplinary approaches to the field, as well as the Leeds Centre for African Studies.

Experience opportunities

All students on all our degree schemes, including international students, have access to hundreds of volunteering opportunities through the Leeds for Lifescheme. In addition, our dedicated careers team and in-School employability champions can work with you to attain work experience opportunities during and after your course.

Career opportunities

Youll gain a wide range of professional skills on top of your subject knowledge. Youll have an understanding of project design and management in a development context, as well as being able to analyse quantitative and qualitative data. Youll be able to construct clear arguments, critically assess different options for action, analyse policy documents, write research reports and give presentations. Youll also be trained to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations.

Our programme equips you for various career paths. Compatible careers include working in international development agencies, international organisations, governments, politics, NGOs, research organisations, policy making, companies, media, and academia.

Graduates have gone on to work in, for instance, non-governmental organisations in the UK or overseas, research and consultancy firms, international organisations (such as the UN), the Civil Service, the media, or have continued with further study (e.g. PhD research).

We encourage you to seek practical work experience in the international development field, and advise you on how to go about it.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules

  • Education in Development
  • Global Inequalities and Development
  • POLIS MA Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Africa in the Contemporary World
  • Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
  • Gender, Globalisation and Development
  • Political Economy of Resources and Development
  • Global Justice
  • Development Management Techniques
  • Research Methodology for Development
  • Civil War and Intrastate Conflict

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
Check if you match the admission requirements

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:

    92

    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

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 bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a social science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification.

Suitable degree subjects for this programme include development studies, sociology, social policy, geography, politics, area studies.

Applicants with a 2:2 and/or a degree in a non-relevant subject may be considered, taking into consideration full transcripts, references and any relevant work/voluntary experience.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Tuition Fee

Funding

The School of Politics and International Studies offer up to six partial fee scholarships (4,000) available to international fee paying students, which can be used on any full-time Masters course offered by the School of Politics and International Studies, starting in September.

For more information, please check the programme website.

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