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MSc International Development: Poverty Conflict and Reconstruction / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

MSc International Development: Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction examines contemporary and established analytical and conceptual frameworks relating to poverty, conflict analysis and the reconstruction of conflict and disaster-affected societies.

The impoverishment of more than 1.4 billion people, plus growing levels of inequality, presents the world with its greatest moral challenge. This course is designed to help you understand and tackle the problems of poverty and inequality in a critical and constructive way.

You will learn about the different conceptualisations and characteristics of poverty and inequality through high-level academic training from leading academics, in a vibrant and stimulating environment.

The course looks at policies and practices, by which individuals, communities and organisations seek to reduce poverty, understand conflict and initiate humanitarian interventions.

It is therefore ideal if you'd like to learn more about poverty and conflict, are intrigued by the reconstruction of conflict- and disaster-affected societies, and are interested in the policies and practices used to reduce poverty.

Aims

  • Provide you with an opportunity to deepen your critical understanding of key theoretical and practical issues relating to poverty analysis and reduction, conflict analysis and reconstruction;
  • Provide you with a thorough conceptual framework and the skills necessary to critically analyse key theoretical and practical issues relating to poverty, conflict and reconstruction and make judgements about related policies and their implementation;
  • Provide critical insights into the key strategies, policies and practices currently employed to promote development and poverty reduction
  • Develop professionally-oriented skills related to formulating, investigating and implementing different practical approaches to poverty, conflict and reconstruction;
  • Provide a wide range of options for advanced training in areas of specialist expertise relevant to poverty, conflict and reconstruction;
  • Develop advanced competencies in transferable areas, including developing reasoned arguments, gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources, undertaking both team-based and independent work to deadlines, and both written and verbal forms of communication
  • Assist you in developing your specialist area of expertise within the field of poverty, conflict and reconstruction, and applying your understanding and skills through supervised individual research culminating in a dissertation.

Special features

  • We're the largest development-focused teaching and research institute in Europe, and have been at the forefront of development studies for more than 60 years.
  • We're ranked 6th in the UK and 10th in the world for development studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019).
  • 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 have numerous scholarship opportunities for outstanding applicants.
  • The combined field experience of our staff covers 60 countries, and we've trained almost 10,000 individuals from more than 170 countries.
  • This master's course includes fieldwork, giving you the opportunity to observe development interventions in situ and to reflect on how theoretical explorations of development are operationalised in the real world. Recent destinations include Uganda, South Africa and Cyprus. Find out more at  Fieldwork .

Teaching and learning

An overseas field visit is an integral part of the course. Recent fieldtrip locations have included Uganda, Ghana, Sri Lanka and India.

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.

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.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Poverty and Development MGDI60141 15 Mandatory
Reconstruction and Development MGDI60402 15 Mandatory
Development Fundamentals MGDI60411 15 Mandatory
Conflict Analysis MGDI60451 15 Mandatory
Development Fieldwork MGDI60502 15 Mandatory
Understanding Development Research MGDI70982 15 Mandatory
Humanitarianism and Conflict Response: Inquiries HCRI60031 15 Optional
Anthropology of Violence and Reconstruction HCRI60131 15 Optional
Gender Inequality: Theory and Evidence MGDI60202 15 Optional
The Politics and Governance of Development MGDI60391 15 Optional
Civil Society & Public Action MGDI60521 15 Optional
Critical Issues in Urban Inequality MGDI60531 15 Optional
Climate Change, Disasters and Responses MGDI60552 15 Optional
Citizen-Led Development MGDI60561 15 Optional
Migration and Development MGDI60742 15 Optional
Environment, Climate Change and Development MGDI60801 15 Optional
Global Inequalities and Social Development MGDI61461 15 Optional
Planning and Managing Development MGDI70992 15 Optional
The Arab Uprisings and Revolutionary State Formation POLI70981 15 Optional
Peace and Social Agency, Security and Intervention: Theories and Practices POLI70991 15 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelors degree within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

For more information, see Fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email  dass@manchester.ac.uk