Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree aims to provide a critical and theoretical understanding of the issues, processes and institutions central to global poverty, inequality and development. The programme's core modules introduce you to key debates that have shaped thinking on international poverty and development, and will equip you with knowledge of the conceptual and theoretical bases of development. They aim to improve your skills of evaluation and analysis, enabling you to participate critically in debates on the changing nature of the multilateral, bilateral and non'governmental institutions designed to address development issues, the context in which they operate and the constraints they face. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of thematic option modules, allowing you to tailor the programme according to your personal or career interests.

Course Modules

You take 2 core modules, 2 option modules and write a dissertation; options may vary from year to year. Relevant options may also be taken from other programmes, subject to agreement with the programme director. Core modules include: Development studies: theoretical approaches; the political economy of development. Option modules include: Development management; gender and development; international political economy of childhood; material and visual cultures of development; war, conflict and development; MSc development studies dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

Good degree (2.1 or above) in social sciences or humanities. Other applicants will also be considered; previous experience or study of development issues may be an advantage; 2 references: preferably both academic references, but employer references may be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £13,750 ???abroad???
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,950 ???home???
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,875 ???abroad???
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £3,975 ???home???
1 - 2 years
Part Time Evening
PgCert £4,575 ???abroad???
1 - 2 years
Part Time Evening
PgCert £2,700 ???home???
1 - 2 years
Part Time Evening
PgDip £6,875 ???abroad???
1 - 2 years
Part Time Evening
PgDip £3,975 ???home???