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Development Studies (Research Training) MA

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Degree awarded
Master of Arts
12 months (full-time); 24 months (part-time)
Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) from an approved university.

Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Approximately 150 applications are received each year for entry in the MA Development Studies and its research training pathway, and 10 new students registered.
How to apply

Apply online

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2014; later applications are considered at our discretion.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

This programme offers a multi-disciplinary framework within which to seek a better understanding of the problems of the developing world and of possible solutions. The programme is designed for those who:

  • would like to learn more about developing countries and the dilemmas of economic, social and political development around the world;
  • have working experience in developing countries, and want to place that experience in a theoretical and comparative context;
  • want to advance their capacity to interpret critically a mass of information of different kinds on the problems of development;
  • want to enhance their research skills in the field of development.

The programme emphasises an appreciation of the importance of social difference and inequality, including gender relations, age, ethnicity and class, for an understanding of development policy and practice.

  • Informal enquiries, prior to application, are welcomed. Please contact: Dr Tanja Bastia (Programme Director) | Email:

Open days

Postgraduate open days provide a great opportunity to take a look at the University and find out what Manchester has to offer you. For further information, please see:


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,350
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,675
    International students (per annum): £7,750

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


Bursaries and scholarships awarded by the School are usually advertised from January with a closing date of June. Awards for 2014 entry have not yet been set. This information will be added to our funding page as it becomes available.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Mr Christopher Kitchen
+44 (0) 161 275 0336
Academic department overview
See: The School.

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