MA International Development

Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

We produce graduates who can apply their expertise to real-world problems.

My course has given me a fantastic opportunity to broaden my horizons beyond my medical background. The international development side has provided the opportunity for travel to both Kenya and Ghana and given me the flexibility to focus on my own interests. The course attracts a strong mix of international students and it’s allowed me to make some great friends from all around the globe.

Katherine Cobb, MPH International Development

About the course

Course description 2017

This course engages with the challenges of international development in today’s complex world. You’ll develop skills and knowledge relating to development research and practice.

The course includes a 10-day field class currently in Nepal or Kenya providing hands-on experience of research.

Students doing fieldwork in kenya

Core modules

  • Ideas and Practice in International Development
  • Research Design and Methods in International Development
  • Professional Skills for Development
  • Dissertation with Placement
  • International Development Field Class, currently in either Kenya or Nepal.

Examples of optional modules

  • Understanding Environmental Change
  • Data, Visualisation and GIS
  • Key Issues in Environment and Development
  • Living with Climate Change in the Global South
  • The Political Economy of Natural Resource-led Development in the Global South
  • Key Issues in Global Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Cities of Diversity
  • Cities of ‘the South’: planning for informality

Teaching and assessment

There are seminars, lectures, workshops and reading groups.

You’ll be assessed on your coursework assignments, project work and a dissertation.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

For all our courses, you’ll need a good 2:1 or first class honours degree in geography or a related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Postgraduate Programmes Officer
E: geo-apply@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 7900

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.