MA in International Development
The MA in International Development at Richmond University promotes critical engagement with the contemporary practices of global development, as well as with the key theories and concepts. The programme is grounded in the recognition that development is inherently international, and inherently political: a concept that cannot be separated from core questions of global governance and from critical understandings of contemporary development practice.
International Development at Richmond ensures that students understand the history of international development from post-war modernization to the Sustainable Development Goals, with particular emphasis on building a conception of the impact of global governance on political and economic processes in the developing world. Students develop analytical and practical skills that facilitate continued learning in this dynamic field. Courses examine the inter-disciplinary literature on the subject and Spring semester electives allow students to pursue further specialised knowledge in an area of their choice.
Internships and Career Prospects
The MA in International Development prepares students for further graduate study in the discipline, or for careers in the demanding yet rewarding world of development intervention work – either in the field or through grant application work for leading development institutions such as DfID. The MA Programme also supports and works closely with Professors without Borders and in past years, students have worked closely with this exciting initiative.
The (optional) internship element of the MA gives students an opportunity to gain valuable experience in this area, with previous placements in countries such as Peru and South Africa.
Global Research and Networking Opportunities
In addition to the opportunities presented during internships students are invited to visits to key international institutions in the development world: including the International Criminal Court in The Hague and the EU headquarters in Brussels.
MA students are strongly encouraged to take an active part in Richmond’s Centre for the Study of the State, Power, and Globalisation where they will have an opportunity to actively research in the area of International Development as well as engaging with experts from around the UK and further afield.
- One year full-time or two year part-time programme, based in London.
- Optional accredited internship.
- International, research active faculty.
- Small class sizes and close supervision by faculty.
- Opportunity to attend conferences and events in UK and EU.
International Development at Richmond University promotes a critical engagement with the key concepts, practices, theoretical innovations, and contemporary paradigms in this field. The programme is grounded in the recognition that development is inherently international, and inherently political: a concept that cannot be separated from core questions of global governance, international conflict, attempts at conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction, or from issues of human development and human security.
The programme ensures that students understand the history of international development from postwar modernization to the Millennium Development Goals, with particular emphasis on building a conception of the impact of global governance on political and economic processes in the developing world.
Degree requirements - US Credits 36 - UK Credits 180
This programme has been recently introduced and so graduate destination information is not yet available. However, our postgraduate programmes aim specifically to prepare students for careers in related fields and in line with this, all our MA students may undertake an internship through The Internship Programme as an aspect of their degree. Afterwards, some continue with their education, take up further internships and/or progress directly into professional training programmes and employment in relevant organisations.
The Department works closely with the University’s Department of Student Affairs to offer a series of skill-based careers seminars throughout the academic year on both campuses. Together we have developed connections to volunteering opportunities in Richmond and Kensington, leadership development through student clubs and societies, and work experience in the form of part-time employment and graduate trainee programmes.
Working in partnership with CRCC Asia, Richmond also offers internship programs in Beijing & Shanghai.
Please contact the Admissions office if you wish to speak to the Programme Leader.
Developed and delivered by Richmond, The American International University in London
Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US )
One year full-time, September to September.
Two year part-time, September to September.
Additionally, off-site locations are used in London as part of the practical element of the programme.
Students who require a visa to study in the UK should apply by 1st July. UK or EU nationals should apply by 1st August.
US Bachelors degree from an accredited institution, or UK first degree with minimum second class honours, or an overseas equivalent as determined by the University. Relevant work experience is welcomed and may on occasion be accepted in lieu of a first degree, but is not required.
Students outside of North America
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Richmond, The American International University in London
TW10 6JP England
T +44 20 8332 9000
Students within North America
Office of Postgraduate Admissions for North America
343 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210-1214
T +1 617 450 5617
Faculty who teach on this programme:
What are the entry requirements?
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or UK first degree with minimum second class honours, or an overseas equivalent as determined by the University. For Masters programmes in the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences, a first degree in an appropriate discipline is normally required. Relevant work experience is welcomed and may on occasion be accepted in lieu of a first degree, but is not required.
The language of instruction at Richmond is English, and non-native English speakers are asked to provide IELTS, or Pearson Academic Test of English language examination results as proof of their fluency in written and spoken English. We look for an IELTS of 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0 or Pearson Academic Test of English with 61 overall and 56 in each element.
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Duration: FT (one year), PT (two years)
Rest of the World
All MA International Relations and MA International Development are entitled membership of the Research Centre and are invited to attend events and contribute to Centre research.