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MA Development and Rights
(Goldsmiths, University of London)

Training Provider: Goldsmiths, University of London
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Department of Anthropology
Are you a graduate with a degree in the social sciences, political sciences, or the humanities? Or do you work in an engaged practical environment such as development, media, journalism, activism or law, where concerns about development are central? Come and find out more about this challenging, innovative and forward-looking Masters programme.

MA Development Studies - Coursework & Minor Thesis or Coursework only
(University of Melbourne)

Training Provider: University of Melbourne
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: School of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies
The Coursework Masters provides specialist training for professional qualification purposes, usually to graduates working in the fields of development and environment, development and gender, development and urbanisation, and health policy and development, but may also be taken for general interest. This course does not necessarily lead to higher degree study, however high achieving students who complete the thesis option may qualify for entry to a Masters of Arts by research or PhD. Students who discontinue the course after completing 50 points may be eligible for a Graduate Certificate.

MA Development Studies
(Institute of Social Studies)

Training Provider: Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
The Institute of Social Studies offers a programme of studies leading to a Masters Degree in Development Studies. With a strong focus on training in the theory and methods relevant to development studies, the MA Programme aims to equip graduates to apply new insights in policy analysis in a practical context.

MA Globalisation and Development (IDS, University of Sussex)
Training Provider: University of Sussex
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
IDS is proud to announce a new Masters programme which includes a trip to China to witness the country’s rapid economic growth. The innovative one-year Globalisation and Development degree starts in October 2008 and will provide a fresh perspective on globalisation. It will focus on the shift of power from West to East. For example, this year China surpassed the US as the main engine of global economic growth. When considering Russia and India along with other Asian economies, it becomes clear that over half of all the global economic growth is being generated by emerging economies, most of them from the East.

Students will be exposed to the latest research and policy advice from leading IDS researchers working on the new challenges faced, and posed, by developing countries that come from the East. In the summer term of 2009 they will also take part in a two-week field trip to China which should include meetings with public officials, representatives from the private sector, trade unions, academics and non-governmental organisations.

The MA is unique in that it complements academic training with policy perspectives and practical learning that draws on the accumulated experience of a team of researchers with a rich portfolio of work on the ground, and cutting-edge research on policy-driven issues. The MA is managed by the Globalisation Team at IDS, which comprises a select group of researchers including Professors Hubert Schmitz and John Humphrey, two leading experts on industrial organisation and global value chains, and Jing Gu, a Chinese scholar currently working on the political economy aspects of China’s Foreign Direct Investment in Africa.

MA in International Development Studies
(Chulalongkorn University)

Training Provider: Chulalongkorn University
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Faculty of Political Science
The Master of Arts in International Development Studies (MAIDS) is intended for people who are making, or have the potential to make, a meaningful contribution as researchers, practitioners, and leaders in the field of international development. The Graduate Programme expects applicants to be graduates with work or volunteer experience in international development, generally in the non-profit or governmental sector. MAIDS is an international programme, taught in English to students of any nationality. The programme particularly encourages applications from citizens and residents of Greater Mekong Subregion countries.

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MA International Policy Studies (Monterey Institute of International Studies)
Training Provider: Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS)
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Graduate School of International Policy Studies
Do contemporary global issues such as humanitarian aid, trade and development, gender empowerment, weapons of mass destruction, sustainable environmental development, nonproliferation, terrorism, conflict transformation, international negotiation, and international and nonprofit management attract your interest? If so...the MAIPS is the degree for you!

The MAIPS degree program offers maximum flexibility in tailoring your studies to suit your particular interests and career aspirations. The emphasis is on acquiring the applied knowledge and skills needed to navigate complex issues and organizations. The challenging curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop a specialization in key global policy areas that reflect each student's specific interests, and which also targets their professional career goals.

A combination of elective courses, seminars, workshops and internships enables students to develop the skills, substantive knowledge, and language abilities to meet the challenges of entering a wide variety of public, private, and nonprofit/non-governmental organizations around the world.

MA International Trade Policy (Monterey Institute of International Studies)
Training Provider: Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS)
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Graduate School of International Policy Studies
The field of International Trade Policy (ITP) combines the essentials of trade policy with professional skills training. The MAITP degree was developed in recognition of a rapidly globalizing economy and the opportunities and challenges presented to a new group of professional practitioners. The degree program is designed to accommodate the increasing interdisciplinary requirements of practitioners who represent business or governmental interests in the negotiation of legislative policy and evolving international trade policies.

A fundamental philosophy driving the creation of this curriculum is that governments, corporations, and nongovernmental organizations dealing with trade policy need entry-level and mid-career professional staff who are knowledgeable about the fundamental and practical aspects of trade policy and negotiations, and who possess the professional skills essential for practitioners. Because of the unique expertise of the professional training staff and faculty that has been assembled in the ITP program, the Monterey Institute is well-positioned to fill a growing and essential niche in this rapidly emerging field.

ITP degree candidates gain a strong academic foundation in the field of international trade laws and institutions combined with professional skills training similar to that offered by law schools for lawyers or medical schools for doctors.

Master of Applied Anthropology
(Macquarie University)

Training Provider: Macquarie University
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Department of Anthropology
  • Protesters claim a dam financed by international development loans risks destroying the traditional culture of a nomadic people
  • The failure of an internationally successful advertising campaign in a new market is blamed on cultural taboos
  • A court is told that cultural norms require the circumcision of a ten-year-old immigrant girl

How can we analyse the above claims about culture?

The Applied Anthropology program at Macquarie is one of the first in Australia that focuses on training current or future professionals to critically assess both cultural impacts and claims about them. Based on the research areas of its members, the Department of Anthropology offers coursework units and research supervision that address the issues that face those who deal with ‘culture’ in professional settings.

Traditionally, the focus of Applied Anthropology has been on social and cultural aspects of development and policy research, including social impact assessment, advisory work among Australian Aboriginal communities, and work with migrants and refugees. This remains an important sphere within which anthropologists are employed. However, in recent years there has been a marked increase in interest in the cultural determinants of people's behaviour. Professionals working in a range of fields have been told that ‘culture matters’, but they have not been told how.

The theoretical insights and research methodologies of anthropology provide an answer to this question. They offer both a critical understanding of ‘culture’ as well as a unique hands-on research methodology.

Masters Degrees
(IDD, University of Birmingham)

Training Provider: University of Birmingham
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: International Development Department (IDD)
IDD has designed its postgraduate courses to meet the requirements of every prospective or current employee in the development sector.  However each course allows the choice of optional modules, giving students the ability to customise their chosen course further.   From 2006 we are offering a greater choice of MScs and an MA.

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MBA International Management (Monterey Institute for International Studies)
Training Provider: Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS)
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Fisher Graduate School of International Business
Students in the Two-Year MBA program have completed a wide variety of undergraduate studies in international relations, political science, area studies, languages, humanities, science and engineering. Most students have previously studied or worked abroad and have the equivalent of two years university-level language study. Non-native speakers of English have a minimum 550/213 TOEFL or a 6 IELTS score. International students with a three-year, full-time university bachelor's degree may qualify for the 21-month MBA program, entering in either August or January. Experienced students who do not choose to seek a summer internship may complete the program in 16 months by doing the business plan in the summer following the first year and taking additional courses during remaining semesters.

MPA International Development - MPA/ID
(Harvard University)

Training Provider: Harvard University
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Kennedy School of Government (KSG)
The Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in international development.  It is an economics-centered, multi-disciplinary program, combining rigorous training in analytical and quantitative methods with an emphasis on policy and practice.

Each academic year, a class of about 65 students enrolls in this selective program.  Geared to the future development practitioner rather than the future scholar or teacher, the MPA/ID is taught with intense rigor and quality.  Both U.S. and international candidates are considered for admission.  Applicants must demonstrate competence in economics and quantitative analysis and the potential for leadership in international development.  Although the MPA/ID program occasionally accepts applicants directly from undergraduate colleges and universities, most admitted candidates have between three and five years of work experience in government, central and regional banks, international development institutions, non-governmental organizations, or private businesses.

By creating this program, the Kennedy School has established a new career path towards leadership positions in international development.  Existing programs emphasize either high-level technical training (as in master's and PhD programs in economics) or professional training (as in master's programs in international affairs or public administration).  The MPA/ID combines the two approaches.

Our students graduate with the analytical and technical skills that one expects of economics PhD students, as well as deep immersion in the problems and institutional realities of developing countries that excellence in this field requires.

MPA International Management (Monterey Institute of International Studies)
Training Provider: Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS)
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Graduate School of International Policy Studies
Students interested in the building, and re-building, of organizations and communities - whether locally, nationally or globally - will find the necessary skills in the MPA program. Students choosing to seek a degree in the development and management of non-profit and non-governmental international organizations are prepared to assume a broad range of leadership positions in the fields of philanthropy, voluntarism, civil society development, and human development. A sensible program of preparation will enable graduates to combine theory and practical skills within a values framework that emphasizes individual ethical behavior, respect for diversity, and social responsibility.

MPhil Gender and Development
(University of Bergen)

Training Provider: University of Bergen
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Faculty of Psychology
The main goals of the program is to enable the students to 1) understand the significance of gender for development policy and projects and 2) to use gender as a problematized analytical category in their own research. Students should be made familiar with key concepts and domains of gender analyses. They should learn to examine local level gendered patterns of social organization as well as understanding gender in a cross-cultural perspective. They should be able to understand the gendered aspects of poverty and vulnerability: of global socio-economic and political processes as well as the role of the various institutional actors involved in such processes. Students should also be able to understand gender mainstreaming and the gendered consequences of more specifically targeted development policies. A key concept is human development, not as related to theories of individual psychological development but defined within the frames of socio-political development theory. In this broad sense, human development views the ultimate goal of development processes as enlarging people's choices and capabilities for achieving not only a decent standard of living, but equity in health and education: and more broadly in achieving an environment supportive of empowerment, democracy and human security.

MRes International Development (Departmemt of Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath)
Training Provider: University of Bath
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Department of Economics
The Master of Research (MRes) in International Development combines the academic study of International Development, with training in research methods and the techniques of policy analysis. Its aims are:
  • to systematically review and evaluate different research skills, methodologies and paradigms in International Development;
  • to review systematically, and to evaluate critically, the application of these approaches in the specific areas of social and educational enquiry in which students are specialising;
  • to support students, within an active research community, in identifying and investigating their own original research questions;
  • to equip students with the skills to contribute to research projects using any of the main methodologies of the social sciences.

The programme was designed for the needs of two groups of students:

  • First, those professionals who want to further develop their research and analytical skills in International Development.
  • Second, those who wish to pursue a Masters in research as a precursor for PhD studies in International Development. The Master of Research in International Development is approved by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a top quality research training degree that students can use for ESRC-funded PhD studies. ESRC is the most prestigious national institution for funding research in Britain and only few Masters have this recognition. The ESRC now requires that all the students whom it funds for doctoral studies should first complete a recognised programme of this kind (see Students applying for the MRes in International Development as preparation for a PhD at Bath are therefore eligible to apply for ESRC funding for the MRes/PhD 1+3 programme.
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MSc Building and Urban Design in Development
(University College London)

Training Provider: University College London (UCL)
School/Institute/Dept./Centre: Development Planning Unit (DPU)
BUDD is intended for professionals wanting to work on urban local area improvements, including the design and refurbishment of buildings and the improvement of neighbourhood infrastructure and services. Although not limited to architects, it is aimed at those professionals who are (or would like to be) engaged with the built environment. BUDD focuses on taking a community-oriented, participatory approach to spatial design.

The course equips and expects graduates to be able to work in NGOs or in local government – facilitating community organisations and households to improve their living conditions. Recent BUDD graduates have also been employed by international NGOs and Aid and Development Agencies.
The skills that the BUDD Course provides arise directly from these objectives and include a wide range of participatory design and decision-making tools. The theoretical and empirical framework that underpins the course is covered by the modules of the first term, which are extended to a more practical sphere during the second term, but are really brought into their own during the practical field project in the third term. This important component of the course is part of the taught course which is also designed to apply and practice the learning of the first two terms. During the Course, practical design exercises are also carried out through the BUDD Studio to help develop the more conventional analytical, urban design and architectural skills of students.

Many graduates return to their own countries or to their previous jobs, but others embark on new careers after the BUDD Course. Amongst them, the recent graduates from various countries were working for:

  • Aga Khan Trust for Culture(Italian in Afghanistan)
  • United Nations Office of Professional Services (British; Dutch)
  • Independent Consultancy (Pakistani in South Asia, based in France;
  • St. Lucian in Malta, based in UK)
  • Architectural Practices (Pakistani in USA)
  • Urban Design Practices (American in London)
  • Urban Research(Indonesian in Indonesia)
  • UK Local Authorities, Urban Regeneration (Indian in Weston-Super-Mare and Jamaican in Lewisham)
  • UK Teaching/Research (Indonesian at Westminster)
  • Space Syntax, London (Greek)

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