The University of St Andrews

International Development Practice

University of St Andrews
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Rank: 3 (The Complete University Guide)

Location: University of St Andrews


Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2021/09/01

Duration: 12 months

Intl fees: £23090

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The MSc in International Development Practice explores the theoretical and practical aspects of international development work. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of development questions and concepts as well as learn applied skills needed for development careers.Highlights

  • Aimed at students intending to follow a career in international development.
  • Introduces key questions and concepts in development studies, providing a comprehensive overview of the field.
  • Explores development practice and applied skills needed in development roles and research projects may be undertaken with a development organisation.
  • Interdisciplinary character allows you to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies.
  • Integrated training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability.
  • The MSc in International Development Practice is distinguished by its emphasis on practical skills which will be of particular value if you are looking to develop a career in international development.
Practical components are, in part, taught through hands-on workshops facilitated by development practitioners. Specific attention is paid to training in data methods helping you to understand the ways in which quantitative and qualitative data methods can be used to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of development programmes. The degree also features discussion of different careers in international development as well as a literature-based exploration of identity and development work.Additionally, the summer research project has a strong practical focus. Students are encouraged in their project to address a practical aspect of development work or policy and, if possible, to undertake their project in collaboration with an organisation involved in development work. In this way you will have the opportunity to gain first-hand professional experience.The degree is also distinguished by its interdisciplinary character. You will be encouraged to develop a more rounded, interdisciplinary understanding of international development questions and concepts and to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies. The core modules bring together subject experts from across the University, providing different disciplinary perspectives on key topics. The optional modules allow you to further develop the interdisciplinary character of your studies.The degree includes an integrated training programme. The training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability. The training programme brings together postgraduates from all Graduate School Masters degrees, helping you to make new interdisciplinary connections and providing a supportive social aspect to the Graduate School community.


Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in Computer Science, or strongly related discipline is required. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, please see the university's international entry requirements.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 7.0

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About this university

International students

Some 45% of student come from outside the UK with one-eighth coming from other EU countries and around 15% from North America. Within the Student Services department can be found the International Student Advisors who help non-UK students with matters such as immigration and visas as well as support to learn English. They are also on hand to assist with matters concerning living in the UK and working while studying at St Andrews. Student life comes under the organisation of the University of St Andrews Student Association, which was founded in 1885 and it made up of the Students’ Representative Council and the Students’ Union Council as well as nine sub-committees for the various interests. There are over 140 student societies to become involved with including the Union Debating Society, which holds weekly public debates in the Lower Parliament Hall and is often visited by notable speakers. Student media also has strong traditions in the university with two newspapers and other student run publications, a radio station and independent websites. The Music Society organises the many student run musical groups including the symphony orchestra and chorus. One of the oldest groups is the Madrigal Group that performs an annual concert each year as well as a summer tour. In sports, there are around 60 different clubs under the Athletic Union including the Rugby Football Club that played a key role in the development of a number of international players.

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