This course attracts students from a variety of backgrounds. It will develop your professional skills in development research and practice. You'll go on a unique placement-based dissertation that combines work experience with academic research. You'll also carry out hands-on research during an overseas field class. Our graduates have gone on to work for a wide variety of organisations, including the World Bank, the British Red Cross, UNDP, WildAid, World Vision and Save the Children. This MA draws on our research strengths and internationally-recognised expertise in the areas of social and environmental justice, rural and urban development, governance, citizenship and sustainability. Our teaching involves industry and sector specialists, which means you can make connections and contacts with a global network of expertise beyond the University.
Centro de Estudos sobre Africa e do Desenvolvimento (CeSA) The PhD in Development Studies is a 3rd cycle program of studies that aims to provide high quality training and produce original research in the area of Development Studies, a field of interdisciplinary research of the process of economic, social and political changes in modern societies. This PhD program was created in 2009 and accredited by the national agency A3ES in 2015. After 2017/18 this program became a joint PhD of ISEG (School of Economics and Management), ICS (Institute of Social Sciences), IGOT (Institute of Geographic and Spatial Planning) and ISA (School of Agriculture) of Universidade de Lisboa, with some changes in its content, recently approved by the national agency A3ES. This programme is lectured in English, but it will offer tutorials both in English and in Portuguese. The PhD thesis may be written in Portuguese or in English.
What kind of themes can I study in the Program? Research themes for the doctoral thesis and course units are grounded in a broad range of issues related to the development of contemporary societies and its methodological variables and analytical tools. The emphasis is on agriculture and contemporary agrarian transformation; poverty, inequality and equity issues; development economics and aid finance; development cooperation, policy and political issues; geography and urbanization; migration and gender; security- development nexus; sustainable consumption, food production and ecosystem services; and modernity theoretical challenges to development. These themes are explored in our PhD programme through course units related to the development of contemporary societies, including: theories of development and modernity, the policy and politics of development, sustainability transitions and a focus on urban development. As a Development Studies programme, interdisciplinary links are established between economics, sociology, geography, social and economic history,
Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) The largest and fastest-growing cities in the world today are in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Studying on this course you'll explore the range of urban development and planning challenges faced by governments and populations in these regions, whilst learning vital analytical and practical tools to address them. This interdisciplinary course looks at urban problems in global development processes, exploring links between national and local policies as well as the economic, social, institutional and political relationships between the global north and south.
This 12 months course is aimed at those wishing to acquire the skills and knowledge to pursue careers in international development assistance, urban governance, planning and environmental policy in the global South. There's a range of optional modules and core teaching reflecting the latest debates in urban theory and development studies, with a built in international field trip.
The course includes a team-based student consultancy project for an external client, providing the opportunity to undertake ‘live’ consultancy work for a real-world public, private or non-profit organisation in the field of international urban development.
This MA is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) making it unique in the UK by offering both a client-facing project with a professional accreditation. The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has a bursary for places on this accredited planning course. You can find more information on applying for the bursary here.
Overseas students from developing countries applying for the course may also be eligible to apply for the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust Masters Scholarships.