2019 start

International Development

Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

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

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.

The cost of the compulsory field class is included in your tuition fees.

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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

Optional modules

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Understanding Environmental Change
  • Key Issues in Environment and Development
  • Living with Climate Change in the Global South
  • Key Issues in Global Public Health
  • Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Cities of Diversity
  • Cities of ‘the South’: planning for informality


There are seminars, lectures, workshops and reading groups.


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


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Image of Oliver Bellamy, MA International Development student in the Department of Geography

This particular course is exciting not just because I am studying the subject I am interested in, but also the opportunity to go on an international field trip and placement in order to experience the issues that I am learning about. Hopefully I can start to make a difference before I have even graduated. I did my undergraduate degree in Sheffield and loved it so much that I didn’t even consider studying anywhere else!

Oliver Bellamy
MA International Development

Entry requirements

You’ll need a good 2:1 or first class honours degree in geography or a related subject.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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