Global Development (Political Economy of International Resources), M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    16000
    Tuition (Year)
    7500
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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MA Global Development and Political Economy of International Resources combines international politics, political economy and development studies in order to study the distribution of resources, both natural and human, in developing countries.

About

This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies. It also allows you to specialise in issues surrounding resource scarcity and depletion, and the challenges faced by oil and mineral-rich developing countries.

You’ll learn about the experiences and viewpoints of people and nations of the Global South regarding development issues. You’ll 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.

You’ll explore debates and 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.

Programme Structure

Compulsory Modules

Political Economy of Resources and Development focuses upon the relationship between political and economic change in the world economy. You will examine a number of case studies that reveal how some developing countries have been incorporated into the world economy, and analyse how that incorporation have affected the politics and society of the countries concerned. You will also adopt a country and investigate themes of development strategy, politics and the possibility for social transformation.

Global Inequalities and Development provides you with an understanding of why and how the world’s inequalities produce advantages and disadvantages in development. You will cover economic, social, and political inequalities to lay the foundation for discussions about poverty, dispossession, food, environment and aid. You will also explore how social movements in the global south claim rights and thereby challenge global inequalities.

Dissertation: Global Development and Political Economy of International Resources leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in the politics of international resources and development through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.

Optional Modules

You will also be required to study between two and four of the following optional modules:

- Africa in the Contemporary World
- China’s Development
- Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
- Contemporary Politics of the Middle East
- Democracy and Development
- Development Management Techniques
- Education in Development
- Gender, Globalisation and Development
- Global Justice
- Global Politics of Health: Power and Inequity
- International Political Economy
- The Japanese Economy: Continuity and Change
- Research Methodology for Development
- Theoretical Approaches in International Relations
- The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
- The Rise of China
- Chinese Politics
- Religions and Global Development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

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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 equivalent in a relevant subject area e.g. development studies, sociology, social policy, geography.
A minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6 in all components.

Student Visa

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 16000 International
  • EUR 7500 EU/EEA

Funding

Please see the University of Leeds website and the School of Politics and International Studies website

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