The MA in International Development at Richmond University, promotes a critical engagement with the key concepts, practices, theoretical innovations, and contemporary paradigms in this field.
The programme is grounded in the recognition that development is inherently international, and inherently political: a concept that cannot be separated from core questions of global governance, from international conflict, attempts at conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction, or from issues of human development and human security. International Development at Richmond ensures that students understand the history of international development from post-war modernization to the Millennium Development Goals, with particular emphasis on building a conception of the impact of global governance on political and economic processes in the developing world. Students engage directly with core issues of the international flows (legal and illegal) of people, both between developing states, and into the developed world. Students develop analytical and practical skills that facilitate continued learning in this dynamic field. Courses examine the inter-disciplinary literature on the subject and Spring semester electives allow students to pursue further specialised knowledge in an area of their choice.
The tentative structure of the programme is organised as follows all three courses in the Fall semester are core, in the Spring semester there is one core course in addition to which students choose one electives. Students who wish to opt out of the internship choose a third elective in the Spring semester. Spring semester electives run depending on demand and faculty availability.
The MA thesis is written over the summer semester.
Plus two of the following:
Students are required to be in London from early May to Mid-June for thesis supervision and seminars. The thesis is handed in no later than September 1. Students must be registered for IND 7550.
Graduate Certificate in International Development Studies
The Graduate Certificate in International Development studies is awarded to students registered on the MA who have successfully completed in good academic standing (with a 3.0 GPA / B average / Pass) for all coursework components but: 1) fail to submit the thesis ( without extenuating circumstances eligible for resubmission), or 2) fail to pass the thesis. The Certificate is therefore conferrable as an exit award in recognition of successful completion of graduate coursework, but it is not possible for students to register on the Graduate Certificate.
A minimum of 24 credits, are required from the following coursework:
Plus two of the following:
Each year Richmond will award a scholarship to a maximum of three outstanding new entrants to our Masters programmes. Each will cover the duration of the programme, subject to grades, with one as a 100% remission of tuition fees payable and the remaining two worth 50% remission of tuition fees payable.
To be eligible for consideration, a prospective scholar must have, by 1st June preceding the programme start date:
Recipients of the scholarship will be decided by the Vice Chancellor on the basis of:
Scholars will be informed by July 15th. The University reserves the right to make the offer of a scholarship subject to certain conditions being met (for example, where the final outcome of undergraduate study is not known at the point of scholarship application)
Once awarded, continuation of the Scholarship into the second and subsequent semesters of study will be dependent on the Scholar:
The fee waiver is cancelled in total if the student does not remain actively enrolled for three successive semesters (full time programmes) or six successive semesters (part time programmes).
The Masters Scholarship may not be held in conjunction with any other form of financial or scholarship support from the University.
Tuition fees, books, a laptop computer (required), and living costs are the main items you will need to take into account in estimating the total cost of your MA Program.
MA students fund their studies from a variety of sources such as loans, grants, and personal resources.
United States Government Loans
U.S. citizens and U.S. green card holders may qualify for Stafford loans. To apply you must complete the Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In the U.S. you can also call 1-8004FED AID to request a form. The U.S. Department of Education number for Richmond, The American International University in London is G10594.
There may be some private loans available to American students studying abroad. Private loans are subject to a credit check. Some Richmond students fund their studies through the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loans. We do not have a preferred lenders list and we are not currently aware of other U.S. private loan providers. You should consider terms and conditions carefully in comparison with Federal Direct Loans.