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We offer seven international development programmes, covering a diverse range of topics that include applied development, agriculture, climate change, communication for development, environmental change, and food security.

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Our courses

MSc Applied International Development

This programme links theory, policy and practice for effective international and community development.

Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the complex factors that influence the effectiveness of planned interventions, along with an understanding of the conceptual and theoretical frameworks for the analysis of social change brought about by planned development interventions.

MSc Agriculture and Development

Examine how agriculture may address the global challenges and opportunities of agricultural intensification and environmental sustainability, particularly in developing countries.

This flexible programme also offers a horticulture pathway.

MSc Climate Change and Development

Climate change has far-reaching economic and social implications. This programme examines the social scientific drivers, and consequences, of climate change and associated policy debates.

You will focus on the interface between climate change and development, with particular attention paid to the perspective of ecological economics.

MSc Communication for Development

Rapid changes in the communication landscape – changing technologies, communication processes and communication opportunities – offer new ways to understand and improve how we address livelihoods, poverty reduction and community development.

Understand how communication can support individual and social change, leading to more effective and dynamic development policy and programmes.

MSc Development Finance

Explore the key issues and challenges in the provision of finance for economic development in developing countries.

You'll cover analysis of financial markets in emerging economies, financial sector reform, and policies and institutions to promote financial inclusion.

MSc Environment and Development

Globally, we face serious and rapidly evolving environmental challenges on a number of fronts and at many levels. Whilst addressing these challenges, we also need to make real progress towards an economically and socio-politically just world.

This programme provides perspectives of the inter-relations between environment and development at the global, regional, national and local levels.

MSc Food Security and Development

This programme will prepare you for a career in the international food security and development sectors.

Gain a multi-disciplinary understanding of the structure and operation of food systems in developing countries and how these systems interact with human development policies and interventions at international, national and local levels.


Master's funding

Scholarships are available for master's students enrolling in 2022, some offered directly by the University and others allocated by external funding bodies. In order to apply, a candidate must have received an offer of admission to one of our participating master's courses.

Find out more about our Master's Scholarships

Scholarships offered by the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development

The Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE) – part of the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development – offers a diverse range of scholarships to candidates who have received an offer to study a GIIDAE programme.

Learn more about GIIDAE scholarships

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Why study with us?

Gain specialist skills for your future career, and benefit from our extensive research and teaching facilities.
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How you'll study

Develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical study and practical experience. You'll learn in an interdisciplinary environment that prepares you for the challenges faced by global communities and businesses.

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Life in the Department

Join a diverse, supportive community in the Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics.