Social Development MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to become a social development practitioner. This course addresses the increasing focus on social aspects of development in policy, planning and practice.

If you have some experience in the field, we provide opportunities to expand and deepen your knowledge.

Why choose this course?

  • Development Studies at Sussex was ranked 1st in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).
  • Global Studies is a unique interdisciplinary school, with a vibrant mix of students and practitioners from around the world working on cutting-edge research.
  • You benefit from expert teaching and a connection to a global network of research partnerships, alumni and professionals in the public, private, consultancy and not-for-profit sectors. 
With the on-going refugee crisis and rising poverty, this MA is very relevant. You learn about diaspora communities, postconflict reconciliation, sustainable development and participation as empowerment.”Tala Hassoun
Social Development MA

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 4.0/5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.5/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in the social or natural sciences. You may also be considered for this course if you have a qualification in a different subject area or relevant practical work experience. 

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Pre-Masters

Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out about Pre-Masters routes

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. 

For details about the part-time course, contact us at globalstudiespg@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

We draw on a range of innovative teaching methods, including interactive lectures, workshops and one-to-one supervision.

You're assessed by term papers, a research proposal and your dissertation, or a dissertation with placement.

Placements

You can apply to take a placement with this course. On placement, you gain work experience related to your subject and practical skills in preparation for a professional career. Research placements run for up to 12 weeks in the summer term and vacation. You can also write your dissertation based on your experience.

The School of Global Studies and the Careers and Employability Centre will help you with your applications.

Find out more about Global Studies postgraduate placements

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement/internship in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid 

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Professor of Social Anthropology

Research interests

Ebola, Environmental Anthropology, Green Economy, Health, Historical Anthropology, International Development, New Guinea, West Africa

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Dr Anne-Meike Fechter

Dr Anne-Meike Fechter

Reader in Anthropology

Research interests

Aid, Aid Workers, Cambodia, childhood and youth, Development, Expatriates, gender, Indonesia, Migration, Mobility, Morality and Ethics, southeast asia, Transnationalism

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Prof Elizabeth Harrison

Prof Elizabeth Harrison

Professor of Anthropology and International Development

Research interests

Anthropology and ethnography, Anti-corruption, community, gender, International Development, Irrigation, Moralities, Natural Resource Management, Participation and engagement, Political anthropology, Sub-Saharan Africa, United Kingdom

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Dr Pamela Kea

Dr Pamela Kea

Senior Lecturer In Anthropology

Research interests

Anthropology of West Africa, Asylum and FGM, childhood and youth, Feminist theory, gender and generation, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Mobility and relatedness, Photography art and politics, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, race and ethnicity, The aesthetics of migration, The household moral economy, The politics of domesticity, Transnational networks and subjectivities, Visual and Material Culture, Well being

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Dr Evan Killick

Dr Evan Killick

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development

Research interests

Amazonia, Climate & Climate Change, Conservation, Development studies, ethnography, Friendship, indigenous peoples, International Development, Kinship, Latin America, REDD

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Prof Dominic Kniveton

Prof Dominic Kniveton

Professor of Climate Science & Society

Research interests

Africa, Climate change, Development, Migration, South Asia

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Dr Mark Leopold

Dr Mark Leopold

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Research interests

Anthropology and espionage, Anthropology and Literature, Biography, Borders, Conflict and violence, Embodiment, Forced migration, History, History of Anthropology, Masculinities, north east Africa, Peacemaking, Political anthropology, psychoanalysis, South Sudan, Uganda

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Prof Alan Lester

Prof Alan Lester

Professor of Historical Geography

Research interests

apartheid, British Empire, Colonialism, Humanitarianism, indigenous peoples, Settler Colonies

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Dr Julie Litchfield

Dr Julie Litchfield

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Research interests

Applied Economics, Conflict and violence, Development Economics, Migration, Poverty

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Dr Peter Luetchford

Dr Peter Luetchford

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

Research interests

Coffee producers and cooperatives, Economic anthropology, ethical consumption, food politics, Latin America, Organic farming, Political anthropology, Spain, The moral economy

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Dr Kamran Matin

Dr Kamran Matin

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Diplomacy & International Relations, Eurocentrism, International historical sociology, International theory, Iranian Studies, Kurdish Studies, Marxism, Middle East and African history, Nationalism, political Islam

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Dr Lyndsay Mclean Hilker

Dr Lyndsay Mclean Hilker

Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development

Research interests

Africa, Anthropology and ethnography, Anthropology of Development, Development Practice, DRC, ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, gender-based violence, identity-based conflict, reconciliation, Rwanda, Social transformation, Violence, youth and violence

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Prof Peter Newell

Prof Peter Newell

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

Climate change, Energy, Finance

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Dr David Ockwell

Dr David Ockwell

Reader in Geography

Research interests

Climate change, Climate change mitigation, climate policy, Energy, Energy and climate policy, energy policy, Energy transitions, Innovation Policy, International Development, Sustainable energy production

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Prof Filippo Osella

Prof Filippo Osella

Professor Of Anthropology And South Asian Studies

Research interests

anthropology of gender and masculinity, anthropology of Islam and Hinduism, anthropology of migration, anthropology of South Asia, anthropology of trade and entrepreneurship, charity & philanthropy, Economic anthropology, India, Pakistan, Persian/Arab Gulf GCC countries, Sri Lanka

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Dr Fabio Petito

Dr Fabio Petito

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Research interests

civilizational analysis, comparative political theory, Contemporary Religion, Geopolitics, Italian Studies, Mediterranean Politics, religion and international relations

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Dr Rebecca Prentice

Dr Rebecca Prentice

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

Research interests

compensation, Development studies, Economic anthropology, Embodiment, Ethnographic Methods, Garment industry, gender, Health, Health and Safety, Human Rights, Labour relations, labour rights, medical anthropology, Neoliberal subjectivities, precariousness, Skill and craft, West Indies

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Dr Dinah Rajak

Dr Dinah Rajak

Reader in Anthropology and International Development

Research interests

anthropology of global capitalism, Anthropology of markets, Bottom of the pyramid enterprise, Conflict and resources, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Trade, Economic anthropology, Entrepreneurship, HIV/Aids, mining and extractive industries, Moral economies, private sector development, South and Southern Africa, Transnational corporations

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Prof Ben Rogaly

Prof Ben Rogaly

Professor of Human Geography

Research interests

class, community, employment in agriculture and food, Identity, labour geography, migration studies, place, race and racism, social geography, work migration

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Dr Pedram Rowhani

Dr Pedram Rowhani

Senior Lecturer in Geography

Research interests

Climate Impact, Food Security, GIS Mapping, Land Cover Change, Land Use Change, Remote Sensing & Earth Observation

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Prof Jan Selby

Prof Jan Selby

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

environmental security, Israel-Palestine, Peace processes

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Prof Benjamin Selwyn

Prof Benjamin Selwyn

Professor of International Relations and International Development

Research interests

Theories of development

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Dr Anna Stavrianakis

Dr Anna Stavrianakis

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Research interests

arms control, arms trade, militarisation, militarism, War and violence in international politics

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Prof Maya Unnithan

Prof Maya Unnithan

Professor Of Social And Medical Anthropology

Research interests

caste and kinship, childbirth and infertility, gender and development, health and migration, human rights and reproductive health, maternal health inequalities, reproductive technologies, Social anthropology

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Course enquiries

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Find out about the School of Global Studies

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How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,900 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,900 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

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You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

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Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

You’ll be qualified to work in government, community and international development organisations across the world.

Some of our recent graduates are employed by:

  • the UNHCR
  • Shelter for Life
  • a consultant for the Colombian government.

Throughout the course we focus on developing both your academic and practical skills – including analytical, writing and presentation skills.

You’ll also gain a thorough understanding of social science research methods and gain independent research skills.

Graduate destinations

93% of students from the School of Global Studies were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent Department of International Development students have gone on to roles including:

  • research consultant, Social Development Direct
  • development and funding advisor, Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD)
  • head of conference production, Climate Action.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

“My dissertation thesis sparked an interest in pursuing further field research into the postsocialist and postconflict socioeconomic transition in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Dejana MekanicSocial Development MA

Concepts of Social Development

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module examines a number of key concepts in social development, situating them intellectually, historically and institutionally. For each topic we will look at how different concepts have been applied in aid policy and practice, and at the debates and controversies they have given rise to. By drawing on analysis of case studies and examples drawn from different countries, you are encouraged to reflect critically upon the theoretical, practical and ethical implications of each notion and to develop your own views about the applicability of these concepts and their potential impacts in different social contexts.

Critical Debates in Development Theory

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

During this module you will examine the theories associated with modernisation, dependency, participatory approaches, post-modernism and all-encompassing 'globalisation'.

You will explore how our thinking about development has changed over time and why it has changed. While theoretical in orientation, you will consider through seminar discussions that the division between 'theory' and 'practice' is to some extent misleading.

Research Methods and Professional Skills (Int Dev)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides you with training in social science research methods (generic as well as specific to your dissertation research) as well as with a set of professional skills that prepare you for a professional career. The module is run as a series of half-day workshops from which you select three workshops to match your specific needs depending on disciplinary orientation, previous training and experience, future employment plans and personal interests. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics. The social research methods workshops will include interviewing, ethnographic methods, participatory research techniques and questionnaire design. The professional skills workshops will include, for example, stakeholder engagement, sustainable livelihoods analysis, environmental impact assessment, project planning and private sector consulting. The professional skills will also help to prepare you if you plan to take a work placement over the summer. As part of the module, you will also receive a workshop on dissertation planning and design.

Dissertation (Social Development)

  • 45 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides you taking the programme with the opportunity to complete under expert supervision a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choosing relevant to the field of social development. You may wish to conduct fieldwork for your dissertation, others may chose to work on secondary sources. In order to prepare for this work, you will have been given a training workshop in dissertation writing and you will be allocated a supervisor, who will help you prepare for your research, develop your problematic and supervise your independent research and writing through four half-hour one-on-one supervisions in the summer term.

Activism for Development and Social Justice

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

On this module, you will address the ways in which activists and activism have sought to engage in development and social justice. You'll explore and evaluate different approaches to activism, grounding this in theories of social mobilisation and citizenship, and will work through a series of practical examples, drawing on empirical material produced by anthropologists and others, to explore how activism has been used to address issues of development and social justice. In doing so, you will seek to build on the material introduced in previous terms on theories of social change and approaches to development and social justice, to explore how different kinds of activisms seek to bring about change.

The module will explore the contributions that imaginative, insurgent, disruptive and chaotic forms of social action have to make to development, and will cover a range of forms of collective action from the use of petitions and lobbying of representatives, to the use of the arts in "interrupting" everyday life to bring some of its elements into question, to mobilisation for protests and peaceful demonstrations, to non-violent direct action and info-activism.

Anthropologies of Food

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

You will focus on diverse aspects of anthropological approaches to food, encompassing production, exchange and consumption.

You will cover topics as diverse as agrarian transformations, organics, certifications and traceability, markets, class differentiation through consumption, health, and the body.

You'll use anthropological perspectives to unpack how food has come to symbolise sociality and cultural difference, and consider the tensions, conflicts and debates that have emerged – both in private and public life – over the values and moralities attached to food.

Anthropology of Reconciliation and Reconstruction

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In their ethnographies, anthropologies have studied 'intra-cultural' conflict resolution practices. As activists, they have contributed to the emergence of generic approaches to conflict resolution. They have, however, raised important questions regarding the contextuality of generic practices and whether they can capture the complexity of local circumstances.

In the first part of this module, you critically assess the relationship between local ('intra-cultural') and generic approaches to conflict resolution (as practiced by INGOs and other third-parties) - asking whether the latter can be tempered with a sense of context-specificity. You also consider the sociology of mediation and peace negotiations and the power relations and dynamics involved.

In the second part of the module, you explore the desire to 'reconstruct' society in the aftermath of violent conflict. You critically assess 'truth acknowledging' exercises (such as truth commissions), and explore issues of memory and ways in which a psychologised 'nation' can be 'healed'. You contrast this with arguments in favour of 'retributive' exercises (such as international criminal tribunals and domestic trials).

The module is structured as follows:

  1. 'Traditional' conflict resolution
  2. Re-traditionalising conflict resolution
  3. The international 'peacebuilding' discourse
  4. Memory and narrative in post-violence contexts
  5. Memorialisation
  6. 'Reconciliation' or 'co-existence'?
  7. 'Truth commissions'
  8. International criminal tribunals
  9. Case study 1; post-genocide Rwanda
  10. Case study 2; post-war Sierra Leone
  11. Case study 3; post-war Guatemala
  12. One-to-one term paper tutorials

Anthropology of Science and Technology

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

You look at the production of knowledge, thought and practice around science and technology, drawing on ethnographic studies and critical theory.

You explore the kind of assumptions we hold about boundaries of humans, nonhumans and their constitutive societies and will unpack these assumptions by looking at the 'anthropology of reason' that has been constructed around science and around technology, with reference to developments in science and technology over the last century.

You'll become familiar with ethnographic research, critical theory and analytical tools through which you'll be able to explore new (virtual) spaces and ways of being (both human and nonhuman).

You work independently and in groups to apply your understanding of anthropological debates in the field of science and technology, with a focus on contemporary studies of kinship and relatedness, embodiment and the relationship between humans and nonhumans.

Childhood and Youth in Global Perspective; Rights, Protection and Justice

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will explore legal and rights frameworks relating to children and young people with a particular emphasis on international conventions and perspectives. The first part of the module will involve an exploration of three areas of law: children's rights, child protection/welfare and youth justice/offending. 
Explorations of these topics will include an examination of ideas of globalisation and post-colonial critiques where relevant. In the second part of the module case studies will be used to critically explore these issues in relation to practice with children and young people drawing upon examples from the developed and developing world.

An indicative list of practice topics for exploration includes: 

  • Children/young people and work
  • Children and poverty
  • Children and homelessness
  • Children and criminal justice
  • Children and refugee status
  • Children and the family 

The module will make connections between policy and practice approaches to children and youth in majority and minority worlds as well as linking themes such as migration, adoption and child trafficking. We will, however, pay particular attention to the specificities of work within a development context including an exploration of the practice issues asssociated with work in refugee camps and with street children.

Critical Debates in Environment and Development

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The aim of this module is to gain familiarity with cutting edge debates linking environment and development. A subsidiary aim is to develop research skills and in particular to develop skills in establishing analytical frameworks and the use of evidence. You should think critically about cutting edge topics. Current research has questioned much of the mainstream analysis of environmental problems and their social causes that now informs development policy and practice. This research emerges from environmental history, anthropology, remote-sensing, geography and non-equilibrium ecology, and from methods reflecting different social values (eg taking a pro-poor or politically marginalised perspective). It forces us to expose relations between power, environmental knowledge and environmental policy. This module considers and evaluates these challenges. We explore their significance for understanding the relationship between poverty, environmental science and policy, and consider how these relations are changing given the globalisation of environmental science and policy. 

Topics vary each year as different issues arise. Issues addressed by the module are currently: forest policy and REDD+; biofuels and the land grabs; neoliberal approaches and ecosystem services; conflict and environmental change; coastal hazards and pollution; biotechnology and food security; 9 billion people and the resource crunch; and low carbon technology.

Fair Trade, Ethical Business & New Moral Economies

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Where and under what conditions are our T-shirts produced? How does Fair Trade impact on the livelihoods of small farmers in the Global South? Is Corporate Social Responsibility just a marketing ploy? Has ethics become only a matter of personal consumption behaviour?

This module familiarises you with discourses and practices around ethics and engagement in the global economy. It covers some of the ways in which ethics in markets, trade and global production networks are phrased and expressed in the contemporary world, and explores what sorts of mobilisations have emerged in the light of new ethical concerns. You will explore the ways in which ethical issues within the sphere of the economy have long been articulated in terms of moral economy, philanthropic giving, and relationships of patronage and dependency.  The module goes on to discusses the contemporary shift towards global trade and production networks, and the ways in which this shift has produced new ethical concerns around economic behaviour.

These concerns are increasingly (and differentially) expressed in terms of CSR, fair trade and ethical consumption. They also give rise to a series of engagements in terms of CSR interventions, ethical trade initiatives, civil society activism and critical consumption practices. You will assesses each of these initiatives from both a theoretical and an ethnographic perspective. You will also critically consider the implications of such engagements in terms of power, equality and gender, and the ways in which they emerge from and reproduce complex global interdependencies.

Knowledge, Power and Resistance

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module reflects the various ways in which power and knowledge interact within contexts of development and economic change. The module provides you with the conceptual apparatus to theorise notions of discourse, power and resistance, but also deals in depth with the historically and culturally contingent nature of the various meanings given to development, modernity and tradition, and how these in turn are linked to different forms of knowledge. As the module shows, narratives and counter narratives of development are not only produced by the developers and developees, but also by yourself and fellow students. They are also inextricable from relations of power.

Livelihoods, Inequalities and Rural Change

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module considers the impacts of globalisation on rural livelihoods. Attention is paid to the interconnectedness of the global, national and local levels in causing change in rural societies. We consider the influence of social relations on rural economic life and, conversely, the influence of rural economic life on social relations. The module explores the effects of population mobility and working for global markets on rural economic and social life, the future of agriculture and the role of non-agricultural activities for livelihoods.

Migration, Inequality and Social Change

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module is primarily about migration for work in low-paid, low-status occupations. It lays emphasis on the connections between work migration and inequality and deliberately draws attention to the dynamic and contested social relations in which migrant experiences are embedded. The term 'work migration' is preferred to 'labour migration' here because it stresses the agency of the migrant. However, much of what we discuss as work migration is forced by economic compulsion and lack of alternative livelihoods. We focus as much on internal migration for work (for example within India and China) as we do on international migration. 

Particular attention is paid to global economic change (including the current crisis) and its link with changes in workplace relations. We are also centrally concerned with structures of ideas and how they change, including gendered and racialised ideologies of work. We study work migration as integrated into processes of social change, both caused by and causing changing relations between ethnic groups, genders and generations. Throughout the course ethnographic studies are drawn on to bring out how migration is experienced by migrant workers themselves, relatives they may have left behind, employers in 'destination' areas and local workers. The final sessions consider both ways of reducing the vulnerability of migrant workers and the development of a more critical approach to migration policy analysis.

Poverty, Vulnerability and the Global Economy

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module examines the processes of impoverishment and marginalisation of children, youth and adults in development contexts. A principle focus in on what anthropology can tell us about processes of impoverishment and marginality in development contexts – a complex and highly contextual field. By considering detailed ethnographic accounts of peoples’ everyday lives, you will also interrogate how local preferences, priorities and values can be incorporated into development policy. Throughout the module you will explore these topics with reference to the development policies and practices that have been aimed at `the poor’, as well as the wider political economies of economic transformation in the contemporary world. Focussing upon local contexts, a central premise is that people’s everyday experiences of poverty and marginality have to be situated historically, as well as in terms of the micro-dynamics of economic, social and political relations.

Refugees, Displacement and Humanitarian Responses

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The aim of this module is to gain knowledge and understanding of the complexity of forced migration issues in developing countries, and of the range of ideological and practical perspectives which inform policy concerning the reception and settlement of refugees, and the resolution of conflicts which give rise to forced migration flows. At the end of the course, you will be expected to have a conceptual and intellectual grasp of the principle components of the growing literature on forced migration and development, and specific understanding of the practical experience of, and lessons learnt from refugee assistance programmes over the past 50 years.

Religion, Culture and Identity

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

You explore the role of religion in contemporary global culture and society.

Your focus is comparative, looking at examples from North and South, West and non-West, and across different religious traditions, including indigenous and modern paganisms, spiritualities and animisms.

It is also thematic, looking at the intersections of religion with gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class.

Topics include:

  • Religion, the Secular and the Post-Secular
  • Migration
  • Refugees
  • Islamophobia
  • Dynamics of Organised and ‘non-Organised’ Religion
  • Religious Nationalism
  • Queer Spiritualities
  • Religion
  • Charity and Ethical Campaigning.

Sexuality and Development: Intimacies, Health and Rights in Global Perspective

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module explores sexualities in the context of global socio-economic changes and development practice. It brings together theoretical perspectives on sexual subjectivity with a range of applied concerns relating to health, activism and policy.

In particular the module examines ways in which "dissident sexual subjects" have been imagined globally, often both included and marginalised in communities, in the state and internationally.

Themes and issues include:

  • sexual subjectivities, intimate lives and global transformations
  • HIV and Aids through anthropology and policy
  • citizenship, economies and queer abandonment
  • sexuality, law and the state
  • UN agencies and (im)possible sexual subjects
  • sexualities in transition – trans-subjectivites, trans-bodies, trans-nationalisms
  • viral and virtual intimacies
  • sex work, sex, and work
  • working with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on sexual rights and health
  • global dialogue, sexual rights, wellbeing and marginalisation.

You will also look at concerns such as new imaginaries of sexual identity and subjectivity portrayed in the media, through new technology and via neoliberalism.

The module will be taught through seminar-based readings and discussions, film analysis, reflexive class exercises and group presentations.

You'll draw widely on literature from anthropology and the social sciences, comparing theoretical perspectives on sexuality with more practice-based literature, such as reports by UN agencies, NGOs and so on.

The aim will be explore, contest and consider differing modes of engaging with sexualities on a global scale – as academics, health practioners, activists and so forth.

The Global Governance of Education and Conflict

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module seeks to critically examine cutting-edge issues related to educational governance, policy-making and planning in low- and middle-income contexts. Each academic year three or four key issues will be selected, based on current developments in the field of education and international development.

Issues such as the global governance of education in conflict-affected states, public-private partnerships in education, governing teachers, and NGOs and the global governance of education will be selected and taught as a block of two to three sessions. Each block will provide participants with a comprehensive reading list on the topic, discussion and debate on the core questions raised by the selected issue, and a possible final essay question that participants can select.

Transnationalism, Diaspora and Migrants' Lives

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module you:

  • engage critically with key theoretical debates over the concepts of transnationalism and diaspora
  • assess qualitative methodological approaches to transnational dimensions of migrants' lives
  • reflect critically on representations of migrants and mobility
  • demonstrate knowledge of the power relations and institutional contexts that shape migrant agency, transnational connections and expressions of diasporic identity
  • critically evaluate policies, campaigns and migrants' own initiatives in relation to specific transnational engagements.

Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies)

  • 45 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module is designed to allow you to apply theories and concepts, as well as practical and research skills learned during the MA programme, to a work context in the UK or internationally. It takes the form of a 12-week work placement with an organisation working in a field relevant to the degree programme, normally undertaken from May-July after assessments on other courses are completed.

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