Queen Mary, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme offers students the chance to explore alternative future possibilities for international development in theory and practice. Combining thinking on development, economic geography, political economy, labour studies and social change, it helps students explore the multiple connections (and disconnections) between countries of the Global North and Global South. At the heart of this alternative development agenda, students are encouraged to challenge the common use of Western historical experiences and categories as the universal templates against which the rest of the world is measured and found lacking. Instead, students reconsider the diversity of populations, economies, urban centres, and governance practices in the Global South on their own terms, and in so doing, step outside the conventional lenses of mainstream development theory and the international policies they inform.

Course Modules

Compulsory modules: Geographical thought and practice; re'theorising development futures; option modules: researching development in practice (Mumbai unbound); migration and mobilities; global working lives; democracy, rights and citizenship.

Course Additional Entry

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree or higher in a relevant subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification), together with 2 supportive references, at least 1 of which must be academic. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS, or equivalent, at a level of 7.0. It is not necessary to have a 1st degree in geography and we welcome applicants from different backgrounds in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,950  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,450  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,250  Academic year. First year home fees