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Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Programme Catalogue 2013/14

THSP-APM15: MSc Wellbeing in Public Policy and International Development


Mode of attendance: Part-time

Follow this link for further information on the NFAAR NFAAR-PGT assessment regulations for students commencing study from 2011/12 onwards (students who commenced prior to 2011/12 should consult their programme handbook for their assessment regulations):
  • This programme has the following designated alternative programmes (DAPs): PG Diploma; PG Certificate
  • Assessment Regulations: Appendix 11 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view
  • Programme progression requirement: not applicable
  • Taught credits: 60; Dissertation/Project credits: 30

Part-time students must complete the compulsory units (and a selection of optional units) as listed below however, the units selected, and the balance between one year and the next, will vary with the individual students' specific requirements. This will be determined through discussion with, and subsequent agreement by, the Director of Studies. Possible patterns include: (a) completion of stages 1, 2 and 3 at different times over a maximum of five years. (b) part-time MSc students complete the taught component of the programme over a 21-month period (stages 1 & 2 over two academic years), followed by a 6-month dissertation. In such a pattern, students will typically take either two or three units in each semester, aiming to complete 30 credits in the first year and 30 in the second year. Preference is given to completing as many of the compulsory units in the first year of studies (so as to provide the core knowledge). Optional units along with any remaining compulsory units are taken in the second year. However the actual balance will be flexible but subject to agreement by the Director of Studies (for example the number of compulsory units as well as the actual units taken each year may vary slightly).

Semester 1: Taught Units

Designated Essential Units Click here for further information
NB. SP50242 is taught as an 5 day intensive course during the Inter-Semester Break (see the Academic Year Charts for relevant dates).
SP50230 Wellbeing: concepts, measures & policy 6 Credits
SP50242 Wellbeing assessment in public policy and development practice 6 Credits
Optional Units: Select a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 Unit(s) from the following list:
SP50249 Advanced policy analysis 6 Credits
SP50250 The politics of policy in international perspective: actors, arenas and conflict 6 Credits
SP50254 Foundations of international development 6 Credits
Optional Units: Select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 2 Unit(s) from the following list:
SP50075 Comparative European social policy 6 Credits
SP50216 Economics for international development 6 Credits
SP50217 Sociology & social anthropology of development 6 Credits
SP50218 Policy & politics of developing countries 6 Credits
SP50269 Critical skills for international development and policy research 6 Credits
ZZ50001 Director of Studies approved unit 6 Credits

Semester 2: Taught Units

Compulsory Units
SP50219 Academic research skills and dissertation preparation 6 Credits
SP50231 Ethics and public policy 6 Credits
Optional Units: Select a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 Credits from the following list:
NB. Students must choose optional units totalling 18 credits in Semester 2 of this programme.
MN50561 International corporate social responsibility: principles and practice 6 Credits
PL50604 The politics of sustainability: environmental security and international relations 6 Credits
SP40215 Critical issues in social development 6 Credits
SP50122 Comparative research methods 6 Credits
SP50220 Management of development (MID) 6 Credits
SP50225 Political economy of globalisation 6 Credits
SP50226 World politics: conflict, security & development 6 Credits
SP50227 Natural resources and sustainability 6 Credits
SP50232 Wellbeing in public policy and international development: extended essay 6 Credits
SP50243 Wellbeing assessment research project 12 Credits
SP50251 Policy evaluation: methods and techniques 6 Credits
ZZ50005 Director of Studies approved unit 6 Credits
Optional Units: Select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 1 Unit(s) from the following list:
NB. Students must choose optional units totalling 18 credits in Semester 2 of this programme.
SP50235 South Asia regional research specialism 6 Credits
SP50236 Africa regional research specialism 6 Credits
SP50237 Latin America regional research specialism 6 Credits

Dissertation Period: Project/Dissertation Units

Compulsory Units
SP50234 Dissertation in wellbeing in international development and public policy 30 Credits

* This programme catalogue is applicable for the 2013/14 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that later years of a programme will be in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.