MSc International Development
Qualifications and durations
Full-time MSc (1 year)
Part-time MSc (2 years, allowing three months for the final dissertation*).
*At the discretion of the Director of Studies, part time students may be able to have an extension of three months (giving a total of six months for the dissertation and an overall total registration period of 27 months). Students extending into their 3rd academic year may be liable for a pro-rated continuation fee.
Current students and Director of Studies Dr Roy Maconachie talk about studying the MSc in International Development, the placement opportunities on the course and life in Bath.
The MSc International Development provides a multidisciplinary social science-based analysis and understanding of international development.
Students undertaking this course will:
- conduct a comprehensive review of current issues in international development policy and practice
- study a critical in-depth analysis of specific aspects of international development relating to specific areas of interest
We also encourage diversity of intake in terms of experience, qualifications and interests to stimulate the mutual experience and learning.
Alumni talk about their experience at the University of Bath, how their masters degree has helped their career and share career advice.
This course has a limited intake of students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.
The excellence of the research undertaken within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences has been recognised most recently by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011.
- Foundations of international development
- Economics for international development
- Sociology & social anthropology of development
- Policy and politics of developing countries
- Critical skills for international development and policy research
- Academic research skills and dissertation preparation
- Critical issues in social development
- Political economy of globalisation
- Management of development
- World politics: conflict, security & development
- Natural resources and sustainability
- Ethics and public policy
- Education and International Development
Students can also study one regional research specialism from South Asia and Africa or specialise in Latin America on the basis of an independent research essay.
View Programme & Unit Catalogue for further information (this is the current structure of the course).
Learning and teaching
Our courses are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the unit assessments, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.
Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.
Methods of assessment
Assessment consists of a combination of coursework essays, class exercises, projects and oral presentations.
We also place strong emphasis on developing presentation and discussion/communication skills, which in many units is part of the assessed work.
The Social & Policy Sciences department is committed to ensuring that postgraduate students acquire a range of subject-specific and generic skills during their training.
Our graduates generally go on to work in a wide variety of organisations, such as:
- Social research in universities and research institutes, government, business, voluntary organisations and international organisations.
- Public policy analysis at local, national and international levels.
- Public information and campaigning within organisations concerned with wellbeing, sustainability and social justice.
Some of our graduates have also worked, or currently work, for the following organisations:
- Chair of the South West International Development Network and Executive Director of the Development Studies Association
- Outreach Channel Director at Marie Stopes International
- Private Sector Development Adviser at the Department for International Development
- Humanitarian Policy Manager at Plan International
- Economic Development Team Leader for the Department for International Development Palestinian programme in Jerusalem
- Microfinance Partnerships Manager at One Acre Fund
- Power Sector Policy Adviser at the Department for International Development
Academic and professional requirements
Typically a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or its international equivalent) in an appropriate subject such as politics, economics, anthropology, international relations, African or latin American studies or environmental studies.
A strong personal statement (typically 500-1,000 words) that provides evidence of:
- how your academic, professional and personal experiences equip you to meet the demands of the course
- your reasons for wanting to study on the course at University of Bath
- how your studies may fit with your subsequent professional/academic intentions
English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
- PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in each component
Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the course of study.
You can improve your English proficiency before commencing this course through pre-sessional language training at the Academic Skills Centre.
You may be eligible for a combined offer to include both pre-sessional English 5 (PS5) and the master’s degree.
Two references are required. At least one of these must be an academic reference.
How to apply
You must apply to study through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School.
- Tuition fees
- Estimated Living Expenses including a Sample Budget Guide
- Cost of attending voluntary placements, including travel, meals and accommodation
Potential sources of funding
- Studentships and scholarships
- Postgraduate bursaries
- Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS) Award
We suggest you apply before the following dates:
- 30 June 2017 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa)
- 31 August 2017 for Home/EU students
- funding deadlines for studentships and scholarships
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6634
- Department of Social & Policy Sciences
- Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School
- Course brochure
- Programme specification
- MSc International Development webinar
Main areas of research
We are an internationally-recognised research-intensive department with a strong focus on policy and practice and a commitment to contribute to social wellbeing and social justice.
We draw together academic staff with backgrounds in Social Policy, Sociology, Social Work and International Development and work closely with colleagues in Psychology, Economics, and Health.
We also have an active and vibrant community of research students undertaking their own research alongside our academic staff.
- Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy (CASP)
- Centre for Death and Society (CDAS)
- Centre for Development Studies (CDS)
- Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research (WeD)
- History of Technology Research Unit (HOTRU)
Our five research themes are:
- Children, young people, families
- Lifelong health and wellbeing
- Work, welfare, and poverty
- Global transformations and insecurity
- Governance and policy design
Find out more about our staff and their research interests.
The Department of Social & Policy Sciences includes academics from social policy, sociology, social work and international development.
The international excellence of our research was recognised by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011.
We are committed to advancing learning and knowledge through teaching and research. Our Department collaborates with a wide range of users at the local, national, European and global levels.
We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes. Our postgraduate teaching strongly reflects our research and our links to policy-makers and development institutions at the national, European and global level.
Our Department also has an active MPhil/PhD research programme. We take great pride in fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.
We run a lively and well attended postgraduate research seminar series. Each of the Research Centres run seminar series and conferences associated with their research activities. The University of Bath also has a Research in the World public lecture series where key national and international academics are invited to speak.
We are committed to ensuring that postgraduate students acquire a range of subject-specific and generic skills during their training. Our graduates generally go on to work in a wide variety of organisations, for example:
- social research in universities and research institutes, government, business, voluntary organisations and international organisations
- public policy analysis at local, national and international levels
- public information and campaigning within organisations concerned with wellbeing, sustainability and social justice.