MSc ICTs for Development / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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MSc ICTs for Development will train you to become an information-and-communications-technology-for-development (ICT4D) champion who possesses the necessary technical and contextual skills to lead digital development programmes and projects to completion, such as ICT-enabled enterprise, e-government, m-health, MOOCs, etc.
In recent years there has been - and continues to be - a massive expansion in the number of ICT4D projects in developing and transitional economies. With a skills shortage resulting in a high project failure rate, this course satisfies the pressing need for ICT4D champions.
By taking this course, you will benefit from The University of Manchester's world-leading Centre for Development Informatics and gain:
- conceptual frameworks to understand the process of socio-economic development and the role of information and of ICTs in the development process;
- new knowledge and skills to help in the effective planning, development, implementation and management of ICT4D initiatives.
A range of optional course units provides an opportunity to satisfy specialist ICT4D champion knowledge and skill requirements, while the overseas field visits that we offer will enable you to build up your real-world experience at no additional cost
The course is designed for those applying, or seeking to apply, digital information and communication technologies in pursuit of socio-economic development goals.
It will include those who have, or plan to have direct design and implementation responsibilities, project managerial responsibilities, or 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.
- We're Europe's largest dedicated development research and teaching institute and have been at the forefront of development studies for over 60 years .
- We're ranked 6th in the UK and 9th in the world for development studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
- Our research was ranked first in the UK for impact and second in the UK for quality in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
- We are proud to tackle global inequalities and rank first in the UK for our impact on the Sustainable Development Goals ( THE Impact Rankings 2020 ).
- We bring cutting-edge insights from our research into all our postgraduate teaching. Our courses bring different development perspectives and voices to Manchester, from activists from the Global South to the leaders of multinational companies.
- We are home to the internationally-recognised Effective States and Inclusive Development and FutureDAMS research centres.
- Students are part of our vibrant research community this includes our public lecture series which brings world experts, former heads of state, and leading development thinkers, to discuss current issues in development.
- We have numerous scholarship opportunities for outstanding applicants.
Teaching and learning
Please note that field visits may be scheduled at any point during the course, including during University vacations. You are expected to be available to attend.
Part-time students complete the course over 24 months. There are no evening or weekend course units available; you should, therefore, discuss course requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer. Timetabling information is usually available from late August. You can discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.
The School of Environment, Education and Development aim to run advertised fieldwork in the 21/22 Academic Year and we very much hope that students will be able to enjoy the fieldwork experience in the usual way.
The ability of fieldwork to proceed, and whether any changes to proposed fieldwork might be necessary, will remain subject to the current global situation and factors such as the:
- rules and guidance on travel and activities implemented and published by the UK and overseas governments;
- outcome of any risk assessments conducted by the University;
- educational value and student experience of the fieldwork, if significant changes to the proposed fieldwork would be necessary;
- availability of appropriate insurance cover; and
- availability of appropriate travel and accommodation and any significant changes to their financial costs.
We will therefore assess on a regular basis the viability of any travel and fieldwork and communicate any decisions to our students at the earliest possible opportunity. Any fieldwork that does go ahead will be subject to a rigorous risk assessment process and the implementation of any protective measures identified by the risk assessment to ensure the health and safety of all of our students and staff. If the fieldwork does not go ahead as planned then the School's focus will be on seeking to offer a suitable alternative and ensure that the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) of the programme are met.
Coursework and assessment
The taught elements of the course, carrying 120 credits overall, is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (eg project-based reports, essays), involving largely individual submissions, but also elements of group work.
You must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice approved by the Programme Directors. You are encouraged to base your dissertation on topics of direct professional concern.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|ICTs & Socio-Economic Development||MGDI60701||15||Mandatory|
|Planning and Managing Development||MGDI70992||15||Mandatory|
|Research Skills Development||MGDI72090||15||Mandatory|
|Teaching and Learning Online||EDUC70050||15||Optional|
|Multimedia Design and Development||EDUC70510||15||Optional|
|Introducing Information Systems in Organisations||MGDI60012||15||Optional|
|Issues in the Management of Information Systems||MGDI60052||15||Optional|
|Human Resource Development & Leadership||MGDI60162||15||Optional|
|Behavioural Experiments, Quantitative Field Research and Development Policy||MGDI60191||15||Optional|
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Scholarships and bursaries
There are many internal and external funding opportunities for postgraduate study.
We offer several postgraduate taught scholarships to outstanding applicants. We also regularly welcome students on the University's Equity and Merit scholarship scheme.
The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelor's degree and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.
Many of our students have gained British Chevening, British Council or Commonwealth scholarships, as well as country-specific awards.
For more information, see fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .
What our students say
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