This MSc has been developed to reflect the increasing interest in wellbeing from academic and policy circles in both developed and developing countries. The programme moves the debate on international development from a debate about development to a debate on wellbeing and social justice. The programme provides students with the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of wellbeing and its policy implications and develops conceptual tools for the critical analysis of contemporary development debates from a wellbeing perspective.
The MSc Wellbeing in Public Policy and International Development is therefore distinctive from existing degrees in that:
* it deals explicitly with conceptual and normative aspects of international development and social policy arising from the wellbeing discourse
* it approaches international development with perspectives from psychology and ethics
* it enables insights from development studies to be brought to the context of developed countries as a means of addressing the analytical divide that has existed between the study of developing and developed nations
* it analyses the specific aspects of globalisation which relate to social justice and the struggle of each human being to attain a decent level of wellbeing.
Qualifications and durations
* Full-time MSc 1 year
* Full-time PG Diploma 9 months
* Full-time PG Certificate 4 months
* Part-time MSc 2 to 5 years
* Part-time PG Diploma 21 months
Programme structureCore Units
* Foundations of international development
* Wellbeing and human development 1: concepts, measures and policy
* Wellbeing & human development 2: development ethics
* Wellbeing assessment in public policy and development practice
* Research skills and dissertation preparation
* Economics for international development
* Sociology & social anthropology of development
* Policy and politics of developing countries
* Critical issues in social development
* Globalisation & economic insecurity: social policy challenges
* Management of development
* World politics: conflict, security & development
* Sustainable development: livelihoods and wellbeing
* Advanced Policy Analysis
* Regional Research Specialism (Latin America, Africa or South East Asia)
Students can also study other units offered by the Department of Social and Policy Sciences or other Departments subject to Director of Studies approval.
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.