MSc Digital Development / Careers
Year of entry: 2024
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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 digital development/ICT4D projects.
It is particularly intended for those who will be working in or with transitional and developing economies.
MSc Digital Development can help you select and target jobs in any part of the tribrid triangle which marks the overall set of typical jobs into which our graduates move.
These 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 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 Digital Development programme may study with the University's Centre for Digital Development .
NGOs and third-sector organisations
Our teaching and research aims are suited to work in non-government and civil society organisations where you take on a range of roles from policy advisors, project managers, HR and communications staff.
Our alumni can be found at large international NGOs like Oxfam as well as in many smaller organisations.
Government and policy
Graduates can be found in national governments, multilateral organisations and policy influencing positions around the world, in organisations including FCDO, the World Bank, African Union, United Nations and as civil servants around the world.
Our focus on how businesses and the private sector can play a role in development enables you to gain employment in multinational organisations, private sector firms or to start your own organisations addressing some of the biggest global challenges.
Research and teaching
Our Master's courses provide you with a strong theoretical foundation for further study.
Alumni find employment in research and teaching positions at universities and research institutes around the world. Top employers include:
- African Union;
- Inter-American Development Bank;
- Mercy Corps;
- The British Council;
- the World Bank;
- the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office;
- United Nations;
The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate.
At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .
Careers support for international students
The Careers Service provides specialist resources, advice and events to help with career planning and making the most of your time while studying in Manchester.
- Working in the UK after study
- Working during study
- Professional and alumni networks for international students
The University of Manchester is proud to have the largest global alumni community of any campus-based university in the UK.
After your course, you'll join our 10,000 strong alumni network .
We'll keep you up to date with all the new insights and implications from our research.
International alumni groups are a great way to keep in touch with fellow Manchester graduates in your country.
It is an opportunity to build professional and social networks.
You can view the alumni networks already operating across the globe here .