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MA Global Development is an introduction to the cross-disciplinary field of global development. It provides an overview of alternative theoretical approaches in the analysis of development, and examines their differing policy and practice implications, with a particular focus on low and mid-income country contexts.
The course is an opportunity to learn about and analyse the major socio-economic and political changes that have characterised global development in recent decades. It offers debate and insight into topical issues in a rapidly changing field, combining theoretical analyses with detailed discussion of how theories and strategies affect people and impact on poverty and well being in specific local contexts.
You will learn development research skills, whether from a programme or advocacy perspective, and explore the principles of project management. You will learn practical skills such as how to run a focus group, undertake a stakeholder analysis, write a project proposal, develop a monitoring and evaluation framework, and prepare a budget.
This interdisciplinary course is a well-established programme that attracts a large and diverse group of international students. Many are mid-career professionals seeking time out to reflect; others seek the disciplinary expertise they will need to take up a career in development perhaps within a government department, the non-government sector, the agency world or activism.
MA Global Development offers you ...
- a flexible, cross disciplinary programme
- critical perpectives on theories and practices in global development
- research-led teaching by staff who are practically engaged in their field of study and have extensive experience of teaching postgraduates
- the stimulation of studying with a diverse group of students from around the world.
If you want to
- examine issues of global poverty and injustice
- critically debate topical development issues
- challenge and contest mainstream ideas on global development
- combine theoretical discussions with learning practical skills in development research and management
Global Inequalities and Development provides you with an understanding of why and how the worlds inequalities produce advantages and disadvantages in development. You will cover economic, social, and political inequalities to lay the foundation for discussions about poverty, dispossession, food, environment and aid. You will also explore how social movements in the global south claim rights and thereby challenge global inequalities.
Development Management Techniques reviews the main elements of preparation, management and evaluation of development projects, with examples taken from social, environmental and natural resource development areas. You will study both the theoretical and analytical principles of Project Cycle Management including management by objectives, project logic, Logical Frameworks, budgetary submission and financial management.
Research Methodology for Development is a workshop module and will introduce you to the logic and parameters of the research process. You will examine the relevance of both qualitative and quantitative data and evidence, along with issues of practicality, ethics and epistemology in the research process. You will also develop practical skills in a range of Participatory Rapid Appraisal methods, such as mapping and ranking, as well as conventional qualitative research techniques including questionnaires, focus groups and oral histories.
Global Development Dissertation leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in development studies through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.Optional Modules
You will also study two of the following optional modules:
- Africa in the Contemporary World
- Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
- Democracy and Development
- Education in Development
- Gender, Globalisation and Development
- Political Economy of Resources and Development
- Capitalism and Crisis
- Rural Development: Theoretical and Policy Issues
- The EU and the Developing World
- Political Transitions in South East Asia
- The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
- Environmental Politics and Policy
- International Political Economy
- Global Justice
You may also study the following non-POLIS modules:
- Chinese Politics
- China's Development
- Religions and Global Development
Please note module options may be subject to change.
POLIS Scholarships 2014-15
There are a number of awards that may be of interest to applicants for taught postgraduate courses at the School of Politics and International Studies. You should be aware that the scholarship deadlines are often much earlier than you may think, so early enquiry is recommended.
International Merit Scholarships
Up to four scholarships to the value of £3000 are available to applicants who are nationals of China, India, Japan, Nigeria and South Korea wishing to study one of our full-time taught Masters programmes. These scholarships are based on academic merit.UK/EU Scholarships
UK/EU Merit Scholarship
We have one available full-fees scholarship for a UK/EU applicant wishing to study one of our Masters programmes (on a full-time basis only). This scholarship is based on academic merit.
De Haas scholarship
Two scholarships of £5000 each are available forfull-time MA students taking one of the following MAs:
- Conflict, Development and Security
- Security, Terrorism and Insurgency
- MA International Relations
AHRC WRoCAH Studentships for Masterships Programmes
Up to two fully funded studentships are available to new UK/EU applicants wishing to commence full-time or part-time mastership study (one year taught Masters and MRes degrees). The award covers AHRC Masters fees and a maintenance grant (in session 2013/14 this was £9,585). Part-time awards will be pro-rata. Find out more and complete the application form.
Small amounts may be awarded as partial fee waivers to excellent candidates who have arranged funds from other sources but who still have a small shortfall. This is assessed on a case-by-case basis and is based on academic merit. Email our Admissions Office about eligibility.University Awards
The University also has a number of full and partial fees scholarships open to UK/EU and international applicants.Postgraduate Financial Support Package
For 2014 entry only, the University of Leeds is offering awards worth £10k for postgraduate students from less advantaged backgrounds as part of a project working with HEFCE and five partner universities (Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Warwick and York).
The aim of the project is to provide an array of financial, guidance and academic products designed to address falling postgraduate numbers, especially among those from lower income backgrounds.
A £380k donation from University alumni and friends has been matched by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), enabling the creation of this one-off pilot programme, which aims to address inequalities in take-up of postgraduate studies from under-represented groups
You will need to meet the full eligibility criteria to apply for this competitive award so if you are interested and the brief details below dont rule you out, visit our webpage and download an application form.
- Meet one financial criterion
- Intend to study a one-year full-time or two-year part-time taught postgraduate programme beginning September 2014 leading to an MA, MBA, MMus, MRes, MEd, MPH, MSc or LLM qualification.
- Be a UK student paying academic fees at the UK/EU rate only
- Be self-financing for the full cost of your tuition fees
The closing date for applications is 13 June 2014.Alumni Postgraduate Bursary 2014
The Alumni Postgraduate Bursary is available to former University of Leeds students. Those who qualify are eligible for a 10 percent tuition fee bursary. The alumni bursary can be awarded in conjunction with other University of Leeds scholarships and awards as the 10 percent bursary is calculated based on the net fee remaining. If you are thinking of continuing your studies to postgraduate level, we would love for you to stay with us.OFIDs Scholarship Program
The OFIDs Scholarship Program sponsors outstanding young students from developing countries through graduate studies in a development-related discipline. The winner of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a tuition support of up to US$50,000. The funds will be spread over a maximum of one year, toward the completion of a Masters degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational institution, starting in the autumn of the academic year 2013.Professional and Career Development Loans
Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year's relevant unpaid practical work). Unlike Student Loans, these loans are commercial. This means that you will have to pay the loan back at a fixed rate one month after your course finishes, regardless of your employment status.
If you require a loan to fund a course at the University of Leeds our learning provider registration number is: 05879.