University of East Anglia UEA: Development Practice

InstitutionUniversity of East Anglia UEA View institution profile
Department School of International Development
Telephone 01603 591515
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About This Course

The MA Development Practice is an interdisciplinary degree focusing on the key management and strategic challenges faced in the development sector.

Recent decades have seen significant shifts in the way NGOs and other organisations in the development sector operate. On this course you'll examine the causes and effects of those changes, and learn how to be a part of the change that you want to see in the world.

If you're seeking to start or advance a career in development and humanitarian management, this course offers a comprehensive introduction to the way the sector works, from planning to critical issues affecting the sector. You’ll gain a solid conceptual understanding of key debates and issues in international development, together with technical skills in project design and management.


The last 30 years have seen major changes in our understanding of social and economic change, transition and development. These complex processes are situated in a system of global interconnections and influences and require considerable attention to the specifics of local situations and circumstances. On the MA Development Practice course, you'll gain critical perspectives on these changes, and learn how to effectively contribute to future developments.

Because of this tension between the global and the local, subtle understanding of the interplay of social, cultural, political and economic variables is required. This involves various actors and agents including states, international organisations (UN, FAO, WHO, ILO, IFAD, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNRISD, WIDER, WFP), the multilateral and bilateral aid agencies (World Bank, DFID, SIDA), NGOs (Oxfam, Action Aid, Transparency International and others), social movements (World Economic Forum, World Summit on Social Development) and the private sector in any particular context. The course curriculum includes intensive treatment of all these issues.

Over the year, and across two central Critical Issues modules, you’ll develop a rigorous and deep critique of the ways NGOs and other agencies work, and the political contexts of development.

Practical issues are at the heart of this MA. For that reason you’ll also focus on the issues and challenges raised during project planning, management and implementation. You’ll work as part of a team with your fellow students to propose innovative solutions to classic development problems.

You'll benefit from research-led teaching, ensuring you encounter the latest thinking in the field. Research in UEA’s School of International Development is focused on addressing contemporary challenges in developing and transition economies via disciplinary and multi-interdisciplinary approaches.


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Our postgraduate students have the opportunity to work at the heart of active research teams, challenging boundaries and making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society.

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