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INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2019 Start Date

  • 1 year Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £5600.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This interdisciplinary programme examines the issues, processes and institutions central to global poverty, inequality and development. It is ideal if you want to further your knowledge of, or are planning a career in, development agencies, international organisations, NGOs, or related areas.

The programme's core modules introduce you to key debates that have shaped thinking on international poverty and development, and will equip you with knowledge of the conceptual and theoretical bases of development. They will improve your skills of evaluation and analysis, enabling you to participate critically in debates on the changing nature of the multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental institutions designed to address development issues, the context in which they operate and the constraints they face. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of thematic option modules, allowing you to tailor the programme according to your personal or career interests.

In addition, you will develop transferable skills including team-working, written and oral communication, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

The Postgraduate Diploma is ideal if you are interested in studying international development at postgraduate level for personal or professional reasons, but you don't yet want to commit to the full MSc.

This interdisciplinary programme examines the issues, processes and institutions central to global poverty, inequality and development. It is ideal if you want to further your knowledge of, or are planning a career in, development agencies, international organisations, NGOs, or related areas. The programme's core modules introduce you to key debates that have shaped...

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Course Content

The programme comprises two compulsory modules and two option modules.

Options may vary from year to year. Relevant options may also be taken from other programmes, subject to agreement with the programme director.

COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Development Studies: Theoretical Approaches
  • The Political Economy of Aid

OPTION MODULES

  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Development
  • Anthropology, Culture and Development
  • Culture and Development: postcolonial perspectives
  • Development Management
  • Gender and Development
  • International Political Economy of Childhood
  • South:South Development
  • War, Conflict and Development

The programme comprises two compulsory modules and two option modules. Options may vary from year to year. Relevant options may also be taken from other programmes, subject to agreement with the programme director. COMPULSORY MODULES Development Studies: Theoretical Approaches The Political Economy of...

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Available Dates

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Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 1 year

October, 2019

£5600.00

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

October, 2019

£5600.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A second-class honours degree (2:1) in social sciences or humanities. Other applicants will also be considered.

Previous experience or study of development issues may be an advantage.

Two references: preferably both academic references, but employer references may be considered.

An entrance task may be required once the Admissions Tutor has reviewed the applications.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in each of the sub-tests.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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