University of St Andrews: International Development Practice

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The MSc in International Development Practice explores the theoretical and practical aspects of international development work. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of development questions and concepts as well as learn applied skills needed for development careers.

- Aimed at students intending to follow a career in international development.

- Introduces key questions and concepts in development studies, providing a comprehensive overview of the field.

- Explores development practice and applied skills needed in development roles and research projects may be undertaken with a development organisation.

- Interdisciplinary character allows you to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies.

- Integrated training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability.

- The MSc in International Development Practice is distinguished by its emphasis on practical skills which will be of particular value if you are looking to develop a career in international development.

Practical components are, in part, taught through hands-on workshops facilitated by development practitioners. Specific attention is paid to training in data methods helping you to understand the ways in which quantitative and qualitative data methods can be used to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of development programmes. The degree also features discussion of different careers in international development as well as a literature-based exploration of identity and development work.

Additionally, the summer research project has a strong practical focus. Students are encouraged in their project to address a practical aspect of development work or policy and, if possible, to undertake their project in collaboration with an organisation involved in development work. In this way you will have the opportunity to gain first-hand professional experience.

The degree is also distinguished by its interdisciplinary character. You will be encouraged to develop a more rounded, interdisciplinary understanding of international development questions and concepts and to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies. The core modules bring together subject experts from across the University, providing different disciplinary perspectives on key topics. The optional modules allow you to further develop the interdisciplinary character of your studies.

The degree includes an integrated training programme. The training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability. The training programme brings together postgraduates from all Graduate School Masters degrees, helping you to make new interdisciplinary connections and providing a supportive social aspect to the Graduate School community.


The University of St Andrews


The University of St Andrews is one of the UK’s top universities, bringing together more than six centuries of teaching and research with a contemporary global outlook. Our community of passionate and driven individuals gives us a range of bespoke postgraduate programmes that will challenge and inspire you.

St Andrews is a small university – home to just over 9,000 students, including 1,700 postgraduates – which allows us to specialise our teaching and let you get closer to our cutting-edge research. Whether you are looking to make the best possible start to your career ...

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