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Poverty and Development MSc

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Degree awarded
Master of Science
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 60 applications are received for entry each year and 11 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

  • The current impoverishment of more than 1.4 billion people presents the world with its single greatest moral challenge. Although progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals has been impressive in some parts of the world, they are unlikely to be met by 2015 across large swathes of sub-Saharan Africa - and even if they were, large numbers of people would remain trapped in chronic poverty, not least by the unequal sets of power relations that operate from local to global levels. The recent global financial crisis is likely to make things harder, leading rich countries to slash their aid budgets, reducing levels of foreign investment in poor countries and creating new forms of poverty in the global North and South. The challenge of understanding and tackling the problem of poverty is therefore an urgent one.
  • The new, multidisciplinary MSc in Poverty and Development at IDPM is designed to help participants engage with this challenge in a critical and constructive way, by offering high-level academic training in a vibrant and stimulating environment. The Institute for Development Policy and Management and the University of Manchester are committed to becoming world leaders in poverty research and poverty studies. We currently host three international research institutes and centres which produce cutting-edge insights into poverty and strategies for its eradication.

The MSc Poverty and Development draws directly on this research base and is run jointly with the  Brooks World Poverty Institute.

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

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits


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

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

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.


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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