International Development Studies (Distance Learning)
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Rank: 61 (TCUG)
Study mode distance learning (part-time)
Start Date: 2020/01/01
Intl fees: £2330
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If you're energised by the idea of working with developing countries, our International Development Studies course, offered as a MSc, PgDip, PgCert, will develop your understanding of international development and enhance your career prospects.
On this course, you'll explore the history, theory and practice of international development. You'll explore colonialism and globalisation, and unpack the tools, strategies and techniques used in the field.
You'll also choose your own specialisation – such as health, education, gender, international relations or criminology – and produce a project based on your research.
And when you graduate, you'll have expert knowledge of development issues and strong career prospects in the international development sector – and desirable transferable skills such as communication, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
Learn about the key topics in the field of International Development Studies, including the theory and practice of development, applied research methods, international and comparative criminal justice, the role of gender, contemporary security in internal relations, education, health, and the economics of development
Critically engage with a topic of your choice, using your own research to inform your work
Unpack the tools needed to carry out systematic and methodologically sound research, including literature reviews and empirical research
Be able to justify any ethical considerations in relation to your research
Access our virtual learning facilities which include webinars, discussion forums, one-to-one online tutorials with lecturers, and Skype meetings
- Be supported by experts in the field of International Development Studies, including members of CEISR (Centre for European and International Studies Research), who will share their expertise in the field
Careers and opportunities
The International Development Studies degree course is ideal if you are already working, or hope to work in the international development sector.
You'll develop your professional networks and identify career opportunities during the course of your studies, and receive advice and guidance about your career progression from the experts and development practitioners.
You'll graduate with greater knowledge of development issues, strong career prospects in the international development sector, and the option to progress to doctoral study.
A good honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
IELTS: 6.5 (no component score below 6.0)
Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for The University of Portsmouth.
About this university
There is plenty of help and advice on hand for international students that start from their arrival in Portsmouth. The university operates an orientation week that helps students find their way around the university and explore the services on offer. This also introduces them to the support services including those for academic and wider life and even meeting up with other students. These events are organised by the International Office, based within the Nuffield Centre who also organise events during the year and are point of call for international students. The Students Union offer a wide range of services as well as organising the clubs and societies for students to get involved with outside the classroom. The union was the first in England and Wales to register as a full charity in 2006 but has been in operation since at least 1911, when it published a magazine called The Galleon. It is now based in a building at the northern end of Ravelin Park and includes a student activities centre, a social learning space, a bar and a radio station. The clubs and societies at the university are organised into five different bodies: the Athletic Union, Societies, Student Media, Volunteering and RAG (Raising and Giving). There are some 40 plus sports clubs ranging from football and rugby to lacrosse, pole dancing and octopush, a type of underwater hockey. Societies includes everything from politics and lifestyle groups to a law society as well as the longest running paintball club in the UK.