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ICTs for Development MSc

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Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
12 months (full-time); 24 months (part-time)
Entry requirements
Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours Upper Division (2:1) or its international equivalent. 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. Please contact the School's admissions office for further guidance.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Approximately 100 applications are received and 15 new students registered on the course.
How to apply

Apply online

 The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2015; later applications are considered at our discretion.

Course options

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

In recent years there has been - and continues to be - a massive expansion in the number of information-and-communications-technology-for-development (ICT4D) projects (telecentres, ICT-enabled microenterprise, public service kiosks, e-government initiatives, e-health projects, ICT-in-education, etc) in developing and transitional economies.

Successful oversight of these projects requires 'ICT4D champions' who possess a combination of technical competencies (e.g. information systems skills) and contextual competencies (e.g. development skills). Such a combination is, as yet, rarely found.  This has resulted in a high project failure rate, and a recognition of training need.

This programme, therefore, aims to create the 'ICT4D champions' who combine the necessary skills to see ICT4D projects through to sustainable delivery of development goals.  At the end of the programme, participants will have been provided with:

  • conceptual frameworks to understand the process of socio-economic development and the role of information and of ICTs in the development process; and
  • new knowledge and skills to help in the effective planning, development, implementation and management of ICT4D initiatives

A range of optional modules provides an opportunity to satisfy specialist 'ICT4D champion' knowledge and skill requirements.

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: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/opendays

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £8,750
    International students (per annum): £16,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,375
    International students (per annum): £8,000

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.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The School of Environment, Education and Development Loyalty Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2015 entry (terms and conditions apply - please contact us for further information). Other bursaries and scholarships awarded by the School are usually advertised from January with a closing date of June. Awards for 2015 entry have not yet been set. This information will be added to our funding page http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/fees/postgraduate-taught-funding/ as it becomes available.  See also the University's postgraduate funding database for more funding opportunities.

Students at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) are often funded by their national governments or their employers, or are self-financing their studies. They also traditionally benefit from a number of additional funding options from the following sources:

  • UK Department for International Development/Foreign and Commonwealth Office (including DfID/ACU Shared Scholarship Schemes )
  • British Council
  • World Bank/International Development Agency
  • Bilateral aid agencies (SIDA, CIDA, GTZ, NORAD, FINNIDA, etc.)
  • United Nations (UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, FAO, etc.)
  • European Union
  • Church, educational and other trusts
  • Regional development banks

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Christopher Kitchen
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 275 0336
Email
Website
www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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