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  • Local: $ 5.71k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 15.6k / Year
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  • English

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    The programme is designed for those wishing to pursue PhD research and those seeking to develop careers as policy analysts or applied researchers in international development.

    The programme:
    * combines the academic study of key international development issues with a comprehensive exploration of research methods and skills
    * offers a detailed examination of current and applied international development research
    * supports the application of knowledge and skills to address contemporary research questions.
    * comprises a mix of Faculty-wide research-based units and departmental disciplinary-based specialisations.

    Core Units: International development and poverty, Short and long research apprenticeship projects, Quantitative methods 1, Qualitiative methods 1, Principles & skills of social research, Research skills and dissertation prepartation, Dissertation

    Optional Units: Sociology & anthropology of development, Policy theory & the politics of developing countries, Comparative European social policy, Globalisation 1: political sociology of globalisation Economics for International Development, International policy analysis, Quantitative methods 2, Qualitiative methods 2, Critical issues in social development, Management of Development, International development extended essay, World politics, conflict , security & development, Sustainable development livelihoods and wellbeing, Wellbeing & human development2 : development ethics, One of Regional research specialisms (Africa, South America or South East Asia).

    Programme intake is limited to 10 students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment.

    Qualifications and durations
    * Full-time MRes 1 year
    * Full-time PG Diploma Research 9 months
    * Full-time PG Certificate Research 4 months
    * Part-time MRes 2 to 5 years
    * Part-time PG Diploma Research 21 months
    * Part-time PG Certificate Research 16 months

    Introduction to the programme structure
    The programme comprises a mixture of compulsory and optional Units (or modules), addressing a mix of international development related issues, together with the development of appropriate research skills. A distinctive feature of the MRes Programme is that students complete small and large research apprenticeship projects within the two semesters, as well as a final dissertation to complete the 12 months programme.

    These aspects of the programme allow students to directly apply appropriate research methods and skills under the supervision of their assigned tutor. Where appropriate these research exercises may also act as pilot studies for subsequent doctoral research projects.

    The full-time taught programme is organised in two semesters (autumn and spring).
    * The first semester (October to January) involves units in International Development: contested themes, International Development: poverty and policy, logic and philosophy of social enquiry, quantitative and qualitative methods, along with a small research project.
    * The second semester (typically February to June) includes further development of research competence, including comparative research and analysis of secondary data, as well as substantive units in International Development such as Rural & Urban Livelihoods, Management of Development, Environmental Management & Sustainable Development and Well-being, Welfare Regimes & Social Policy: a global perspective.
    * Finally, each student prepares a dissertation that is completed during the final three months of the programme (typically July to September).

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Minimum academic entry Requirements * A good first degree in a social science subject, or * an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience. Underlying these conditions is a belief that students must bring a minimum combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience to the programme. Marginal cases are often dealt with at interview, and it is not uncommon for relatively inexperienced students to be asked to defer entry.Minimum English requirementsIELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components);TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in TWE or 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.ReferencesTwo references are required. At least one of these should be an academic reference. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 100 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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