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International Development (MA) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • Full-time: P-M9PT
  • Part-time: P-M9PTP
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


International Development is an interdisciplinary field of research, policy and practice concerned with challenges of economic growth, inequality, justice, human freedom and global governance. Join experts at Warwick's Politics and International Studies Department and develop your critical thinking and research skills.


This programme will introduce you to the intellectual foundations of International Development, to the key events and themes which have shaped its evolution, and to the current context of crises and tensions. This includes the major debates of growth vs inequality, efficiency vs democracy, state vs market led development and modernity vs tradition. It also includes analysis of the institutions of International Development put in place through the Bretton Woods System, the various United Nations institutions, governmental and non-governmental policies and practices. The programme acknowledges that theoretical work and empirical work are not separate exercises. Practical problems stimulate theory construction, and theories inform the ways in which we handle substantive issues. The modules offered by this programme include both theoretical and applied learning though both the core module as well as a series of topic specific optional modules.


Core Modules

  • Theories and Issues in International Development (40 CATS)

Optional Modules

You may select up to 40 CATS (normally 2 modules) from a list of specialist modules for this course, and a further 40-80 CATS from our extensive range of optional modules for a total of 120 CATS of taught modules.

Previously, options have included:

  • Transnational Justice and International Development
  • Citizenship, Migration and Cultural Diversity
  • East Asian Development Models

The optional module lists are updated regularly.


Teaching

Most modules are taught via one 2-hour seminar per week. Every seminar will be based on extensive guided reading you will do each week, but there is no strict pattern to how sessions are run. This may include mini-lectures followed by discussion, Q&A sessions, organised debates, peer presentations, policy briefs, small group work, and other projects.

Contact Hours

6 hours of seminars per week for 9 weeks in Terms 1 and 2 plus advice and feedback hours when requested and Dissertation supervision in Terms 2 and 3.

Class Sizes

Normally a maximum of 18 per seminar group in PAIS delivered modules.

Assessment

Research essays, a policy brief and potentially other written assignments throughout the year, culminating in a 10,000 word dissertation at the end.


Minimum requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Department advice

Department specific advice on applying to ensure your application has the best chance for success.


Fees and Funding

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

For up-to-date information for department fees and funding opportunities please visit the Department Fees and Funding webpage .

Additional Course Costs

There may be additional costs associated with studying this programme, such as field trips, specially organised events, materials bench fees or studio hire. You should consider these costs when deciding whether or not to accept this offer.

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Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Deloitte; Japan Ministry of Defense; Nationwide Building Society; The Cabinet Office; University of Kent; Transport for London and West Midlands Police. They have pursued roles such as: business and financial project management professionals; economists; finance officers; management consultants; business analysts and public services associate professionals.

Our Department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Your future awaits - the many things you can do after your degree in the PAIS Department
  • Careers in Government and Politics
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • After your PAIS Master’s – What Next?
  • Assessment Centres and Interviews: an overview of what to expect for PAIS students

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.


Our Double Degree programmes allow you to study a Warwick MA programme for one year as well as a Masters programme at a partner university.

View our Double Degrees