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International Development: Politics and Governance 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 700 applications are received each year for entry across the six pathways offered, and 91 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

It is now widely acknowledged that politics is critical to the success of development, whether in terms of governmental commitment to poverty reduction, increased political voice for marginal people or new patterns of power relations within global institutions.

It is in this context that IDPM is pleased to introduce a new pathway Politics & Governance, within the MA International Development, which examines the obstacles to and pathways towards more legitimate, democratic and pro-poor forms of governance at global, national and local levels. It interrogates the discursive paradigms and material interventions in the area of politics and governance, which have moved to the centre of the international development agenda since the late 1980s.

Teaching is based on a research-led approach by core members of IDPM staff, partly in collaboration with the Department of Politics in the School of Social Sciences and with the School of Law. Students completing the programme will have developed a thorough understanding of the political dynamics that underpin processes of political transformation and social change in non-Western societies. They will also have a critical understanding of the role and practise of politics within international development.

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

Open days

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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): £7,000

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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