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MAInternational Development

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Discover the problems that face the developing world through a variety of perspectives. Our MA International Development explores the most pressing issues in international development throughout a range of social scientific standpoints. The Department of Economics, Department of Government, Department of Sociology and Essex Business School, have joined forces to create a truly interdisciplinary course focusing on all aspects related to international development.

This course teaches the essentials of economics and politics, building a very good grounding to analyse the problems in international development. Approaching similar issues from different perspectives provides a more well-rounded and integrative view of the field. You are then able to explore a set of selected topics in international development in order to hone your skills on the subject matter, or build up more statistical techniques.

On this course you build a theoretical understanding of how to approach international development issues from different perspectives, alongside opportunity of applying your knowledge to issues in international development through studying the following topics:

Political Economy
Econometric and Statistical techniques
You will use these research skills in applications by studying topics such as:

Environmental Economics
Economic Development
Human Rights

You are taught by leading experts in the field of international development. The Faculty of Social Sciences at Essex is top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% of our research rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”.

Programme structure

Year 1

Introductory Microeconomics
Introductory Econometrics (optional)
International Trade (optional)
Managing for Ethics and Sustainability (optional)
Theories of International Relations (optional)
Political Economy (optional)
Colonialism, Cultural Diversity and Human Rights (optional)

Career opportunities

After completing your masters, you may wish to extend your knowledge with a research degree –many Essex graduates decide to stay here for further study.

Alternatively, our course also prepares you for employment; recent surveys have shown that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level.

Our recent Master’s level graduates have gone on to work for a range of high-profile organisations in the international development field, such as United Nations and The World Bank.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States