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MSc ICTs for Development
Acquire long-term capabilities in development and informatics to use digital technologies to transform socio-economic development.

MSc ICTs for Development / Careers

Year of entry: 2018

Career opportunities

MSc ICTs-for-Development is designed for those applying, or seeking to apply, information and communication technologies in pursuit of socio-economic development goals.  It will include those who have, or plan to have one of the following:

  • direct design and implementation responsibilities
  • project managerial responsibilities
  • broader strategic or policy-related responsibilities.

Typical participants include:

  • early-career professionals who have found themselves involved with ICT4D projects and want a period to reflect, learn and broaden their impact and career horizons
  • technical staff involved with ICT4D projects who wish to add systems, managerial and development skills to their portfolio
  • computing graduates who wish to make ethical use of their skills but lack the necessary understanding of systems and development.

The course is relevant to those with career trajectories in the NGO and public sectors, and in the private sector given the private sector's increasing involvement with ICT4D projects.  It is particularly intended for those who will be working in or with transitional and developing economies.

MSc ICTs-for-Development can help its graduates select and target jobs in any part of the 'tribrid' triangle shown in the link below.  The triangle marks the overall set of typical jobs into which our graduates move, which are some mix of international development roles, management roles (including strategic and analytical management), and digital technology roles.

Each year, one or two of our students are bitten by the postgraduate bug and decide to continue their studies by undertaking a PhD.  Those who take a PhD typically see themselves with a career trajectory into academia or into a research-intensive job role such as consultancy or policy advisory positions.  Those from the MSc ICT4D programme may study with the University's Centre for Development Informatics .