Our MSc Communication for Development aims to develop the knowledge and skills to support positive change through communication
Rapid changes in the communication landscape – technologies, communication processes, and communication opportunities – offer new ways to understand and improve livelihoods, poverty reduction, and governance. Understanding how communication can support individual and social change can lead to more effective and dynamic development practice.
Practical applications of communication and development are diverse: they include extension and advisory services, communication and climate change risk reduction, communicating about health challenges, and communication to reduce food insecurity. As issues such as food security, challenging inequalities, supporting the role of agriculture, and addressing climate change challenges are of increasing important on the global development agenda, so too is the role of communication in facilitating, driving, and enabling change.
This master's programme:
builds a critical understanding of innovation and communication theory in the diverse contexts of international and local development.
strengthens professional competence in the design, planning and management of information and knowledge interventions.
provides a focus on practical application of new knowledge and skills to support innovation and change.
Class sizes vary by subject and module, but emphasis is always placed on good contact time with lecturers. Learning occurs across a variety of lectures, seminars, tutorials and field trips.
On joining this course, you will become a member of the School's Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE). As a GIIDAE student, you will have the option of undertaking a placement during the summer period, however this is not a requirement of the degree.
For information on the scholarships, modules, bursaries and other sources of funding available to you, visit the GIIDAE website.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)
Entry requirements: Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK.
What will you study?
Concepts and Practices of Communication
Participatory Interventions in Development
Theories and Practices of Development
Research and Study Skills for Independent Learning
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,100 per year
New international students: £17,100 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in September 2020. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Our programmes are excellent preparation for careers in practice, research and policy in the areas of international and rural development, agricultural economics, and marketing within the food chain.
Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provides many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships, placements and research dissertations are opportunities to showcase your skills, undertake field research or link with organisations in the development sector. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to work for, please visit the GIIDAE website.