Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer

International Development: Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction MA

View tabs | View full page

Course description

This programme examines contemporary and established analytical and conceptual frameworks relating to poverty, conflict analysis and the reconstruction of conflict and disaster affected societies. It looks at policies and practices by which individuals, communities and organisations seek to reduce poverty, understand conflict and initiate humanitarian interventions. It emphasises an appreciation of social difference and inequality for an understanding of development policy and practice. It is intended for those professionally involved or academically engaged with issues of policy-making, planning or managing activities relating to poverty reduction, conflict resolution, reconstruction and refugee rehabilitation.

  • Informal enquiries, prior to application, are welcomed. Please contact: Doctor tim Jacoby (Programme Director) | Email:

Teaching and learning

Part-time Study

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 24 months.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, therefore if you are considering taking a programme on a part-time basis, you should discuss the requirements with the Programme Director first and seek approval from your employer to have the relevant time off.  Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

Coursework and assessment

Most courses are assessed by essays, class presentations and examinations or a combination of these (depending on the course units selected). A dissertation of between 12,000-15,000 words provides an opportunity to obtain an advanced level of expertise in a particular subject area through supervised individual research.

Course unit details

Core course units typically include:

Optional course units may include:


Availability of course units may vary from year to year.


The Arthur Lewis Building provides excellent resources including analytical laboratories, studio facilities, workshops, seminar rooms, an on-site cafe and dedicated computer clusters including GIS facilities.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: