International Development MA

About the course

The United Nations have developed a number of Millennium Development Goals, and this course will help you gain an understanding of them, and the skills to apply your knowledge in the workplace. The goals include the creation of a global partnership for development, the eradication of poverty and hunger, the promotion of universal education and gender equality, and the establishment of global environmental sustainability.

With a strong emphasis on contemporary examples and case studies, and the integration of practical projects, you will be fully supported and prepared for your future career

International Development - MA - Bedford Campus

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
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  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Learn to question, evaluate and analyse the various facets of international development
  • Study the global forces that have created societies in which the wealth of the few requires the poverty of many
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the processes and intricacies of international development
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of why we live in a world of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ and how the UN’s Millennium Development Goals are helping to change thinking and perceptions
  • Explore the work of different international development organisations, develop a practical understanding of the contribution they make, and gain real world knowledge and expertise
  • Challenge yourself by learning how to help others acquire the skills and tools they need to work confidently and independently
  • Benefit from a comprehensive guest speaker programme and practice-based visits to key organisations that will enhance your prospects of employment and success in this growing field.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?


  • Capacity Building And Negotiation (EDC132-6) Compulsory
  • Citizenship And International Development: 21st Century Perspecitves (EDC133-6) Compulsory
  • Dissertation In International Development (EDC134-6) Compulsory
  • Education And International Development (EDC123-6) Compulsory
  • Gender Security And Peace Operations (MAR029-6) Compulsory
  • International Development: The Power Of Education (EDC135-6) Compulsory
  • International Development: Towards Sustainability (EDC136-6) Compulsory
  • Research Methods And Professional Development (EDC137-6) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

Each unit in this course has at least one assessment. Wherever possible, the specific focus of assignments is negotiated individually between the unit tutor and the student, within the parameters of the unit, in order to ensure that the assignment meets your personal and professional needs. The course provides you with a carefully planned and coherent sequence of learning opportunities that facilitate your development via formative and summative assessments.

Through the assessments designed for individual units, you practise and reinforce skills in researching, evaluating and synthesising materials with a critical eye; quantitative and qualitative data collection and handling, together with skills associated with conventional academic tasks. Across the taught units you will be experience a wide range of assessment types. These include comparative essays, oral presentations, annotated bibliographies and seminar papers for some units. In others, in addition to the requirement to demonstrate appropriate levels of criticality, analysis and evaluation, you are required to develop and demonstrate employment-related skills such as debating; preparing, contributing to and evaluating panel discussions; reflective evaluations; project planning; presenting material and managing a question and answer session.

Across the units, you will be developing knowledge, and skills which will contribute to a major independent piece of work as the final assignment.

The unit information forms state clearly the aims and learning outcomes of the unit, and delineate the criteria for each outcome. The unit assessment feedback offers detailed comment on the assessment piece.

The taught stage of the course (stage 1) requires you to pass 120 credits before progressing to stage 2, the 60 credit dissertation.

Entry requirements

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The course incorporates a variety of activities that will enable you to develop your employability. You will conduct an audit during the course to establish, articulate and reflect upon your evolving skill set. This will serve to support your personal and professional development, helping you define and prepare for your future career.

Specifically, you will refine essential and transferable skills in writing and analysis, oral and visual presentation, debating and use of IT. Through role play and simulations you will develop practitioner competence in high level communications, and approaches for multi-stakeholder negotiation, analysis and planning that will enable you to collaborate in teams and work with partners in multi-cultural contexts, across borders and religions and in the public or private sector. A 2-day practice skills workshop will further enable you to practise and develop reflexivity in approaches and methods of work with partner organisations.

The course integrates examples from practice, up to date case studies and projects focussed on particular development initiatives and organisations throughout. There will be flexibility for you to select those which most interest you for your career aspirations.

You will gain important insights into the realities of professional environments that will broaden and advance your understanding of the field, required skills and opportunities. The course includes lectures by guest speakers and visits to NGOs, government departments and development agencies, and provides opportunities for volunteering and shadowing. As a result of this, it is anticipated that you will have developed the skills required for employees in a range of fields related to international development. These would include roles in regional, national, and international organisations, in relation to policy formation, planning, project management, research and evaluation, marketing, fundraising, and field work.

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and funding


See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email


A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.


Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

Sports Hall

The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern muscle cell and molecular biology laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

Specialist labs

Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the genetics of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

This includes:

  • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
  • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
  • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
  • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

Theatre and dance studio facilities

  • 280 seat theatre
  • 80 studio theatre
  • Four fully-sprung dance studios
  • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
  • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
  • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
  • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
  • State of the art HD projectors
  • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
  • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
  • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

Gateway Building

Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.

Campus Centre

Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

Accommodation at Bedford

For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

Subjects studied at Bedford campus

  • Primary Education
  • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
  • Education Studies
  • Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Business Management
  • Performing Arts and Dance
  • Social Work

Bedford town location

The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

Directions to Bedford campus

Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

How to Apply

  • UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

  • EU students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or apply online

  • International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country.

    You can also apply online

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