MA in International Development


Central London Location


Small Class Sizes

Richmond The American University in London

Optional International Internships

Flexible Curriculum at Richmond University

Internationally Recognised Teaching

MA in International Development – starting Fall 2018

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.

Faculty who teach on this programme:

Entry Requirements

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. You will need to obtain a score of at least 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each element for postgraduate study or Pearson Academic Test of English with 61 overall and 56 in each element.

How to Apply

How do I Apply?

For Masters programmes you may choose one of two application routes:

The Direct Application Form to make a single application to Richmond

UKPASS if you wish to apply to other UK Universities who are part of the UKPASS scheme as well


Find out more about Postgraduate Scholarships

Duration: FT (one year), PT (two years)

  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.

Tuition Fees: 2017/18 & 2018/19 entry per annum, students from:


£7,000 FT

£3,500 PT

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Research-led teaching from the Centre for the Study of the State Power and Globalisation

Research Cluster for the Study of the State, Power and Globalisation (SPG)

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.

Postgraduate Prospectus