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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MA International Development

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMA International Development Programme codePTA1HPSHPS83
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The MA in International Development will provide a broad-based training in major theories of development, combined with a strong grounding in development policy and practice. It will allow students to focus on particular issues and geographical areas, and to develop their skills and knowledge for future careers in international development, including within governmental and non-governmental organisations. With its focus on developing and emerging economies, the programme will extend the available curriculum for students wanting to engage with serious global development challenges, including those of poverty, inequality, climate change, migration and displacement, health, and violence and conflict. 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

  • To provide a solid grounding in international development theories and issues; 

  • To provide a broad-ranging knowledge of development processes and policies in developing countries 

  • To provide an excellent knowledge of international policies around poverty, inequality, and development 

  • To provide a thorough knowledge of contemporary debates and issues in development.  

  • To provide an introductory training in international development tools and techniques, and a solid grounding in the critique of development practice. 

4. Programme Structure

The MA International Development is a one-year full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). If the programme is taken part-time, 60 credits are taken in year 1 and 60 credits plus a further 60 credits (dissertation) are taken in year 2. 

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

The following tables describe the programme and its constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the Faculty website. 

 


Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

120 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

The optional modules are clustered around specific Development themes. The thematic clusters are not formal pathways. They are there to better inform your choice of optional modules, depending on your own individual preferences, in particular the academic and professional skills you would like to acquire from studying International Development at Exeter.

* the following list of modules are indicative, and the precise availability of modules will vary each year

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POLM886 Dissertation 60Yes
POLM173 Theories of International Development 30No
POLM174 Tools, Policy, and Practice of International Development 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MA International Development Option Modules 2023-4
POLM016 Food Systems, Alternative Food Networks, and Ethical Consumption 15 No
POLM148 Brexit: Causes, Interpretation and Implications 30 No
POLM158 Digital Politics and Policy 30 No
POLM057 Understanding and Interpretation in Political Thought 30 No
POLM063 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 15 No
POLM086 Quantitative Data Analysis 30 No
POLM140 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 30 No
POLM803 Sources in Modernity and Post-Modernity 30 No
POLM809 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis 15 No
POLM082 International Relations of the Middle East 30 No
POLM144 The West, Civilisations and World Order 30 No
POLM156 The Transformation of Politics in the Global Age 30 No
POLM502 International Relations: Power and Institutions 30 No
POLM503 Foreign Policy Decision-Making 30 No
POLM651 State and Society in the Middle East 30 No
POLM084 Conflict, Security and Development in World Politics 30 No
POLM088 State-building after Civil War 30 No
POLM167 Global Governance: Institutions and Challenges 30 No
POLM220M Management and Governance: Comparing Public Administration around the World 30 No
POLM221M Policy and Politics: the theory and Strategy of Delivering Public Services 15 No
POLM222M The Politics, Policy and Practice of Sustainable Development 30 No
POLM226M Public Sector Finance for Managers 15 No
ARAM236 Sociology and Anthropology of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula 15 No
ARAM225 Gender and Politics in the Middle East 30 No
ARAM230 Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Palestine/Israel 15 No
ARAM054 State and Society in the Middle East 30 No
ARAM055 Iranian History, 1500 - the Present 15 No
ARAM131 Nationalisms in the Middle East 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. A coherent and solid knowledge and understanding of international development and critiques
2. A coherent and solid knowledge and understanding of international development policies and practice at national and global levels
3. An understanding of social, political and economic conditions in the developing world and their international context

Knowledge of concepts, debates, theories and issues in international development will be achieved through core and compulsory lectures, and tutorial presentations and discussions. 

Research essays and oral presentations 

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. The ability to devise and sustain arguments related to international development
5. The ability to discuss and critically engage with theories and ideas about international development from a variety of intellectual perspectives
6. An ability to examine data and theories using a multi-disciplinary social science approach
7. An ability to read and engage with a variety of types of literature – reports, papers, articles, books – incorporating different types of data and methodology and disciplinary perspectives
8. An ability to use and critique a range of tools, techniques and approaches used in international development practice
9. An ability to formulate research questions, design a research strategy, gather evidence, and work independently to address those questions.

  • The ability to devise and sustain arguments related to international development will be developed through lectures, seminars, and class discussions 

  • The ability to critically engage with theories and ideas about international development will be developed through reading materials, lectures, and through small-group seminars in which students will present and discuss the major theories pertaining to a particular issue 

  • The ability to examine data and theories using a multi-disciplinary approach will be fostered through readings which draw on a range of disciplines, and from lectures based on a variety of multi-disciplinary approaches 

  • An ability to read and engage with a variety of types of literature will be developed through the reading materials, essay writing (and feedback on those essays) and seminar presentations. 

  • The ability to use and critique a range of tools, techniques and approaches used in international development practice will be developed through a specialized core module on ID practice. 

  • The ability to formulate a research question and work independently will be fostered through the Dissertation. 

Research essays, oral presentations, and Dissertation. 

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

10. The ability to present ideas, oral and written, in a clear, well-structured manner
11. Understanding of how to use a variety of sources and interpret the data contained in those sources
12. The ability to work to deadlines and within time constraints
13. The ability to critically engage with complex ideas and arguments
14. The ability to engage in meetings through presenting, discussing and constructively critiquing ideas
15. The ability to work productively in, and contribute to groups
16. The ability to work independently
17. Practical knowledge of the international development field

  • Through essay writing following clear guidelines and with feedback on written and other coursework 

  • Through strict deadlines and parameters within which essays must be presented 

  • Through the development of presentation and debating skills through seminar presentations and discussions 

  • Participation in the core module on tools and practice of international development. 

Attainment of these skills is essential in completing the coursework, including essays and the Dissertation.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic tutoring: It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff. 

 

There are induction sessions to orientate you at the start of the programme and there will also be opportunities to undertake elective activities in the virtual learning environment to supplement research and learning skills. Academic support will be also be provided by module leaders. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff. 

 

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies’ Postgraduate Taught Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students and staff to participate jointly in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision. These committees meet regularly and allow students to contribute directly to the enhancement of educational and other provision at discipline level. 

 

Programme handbooks and other useful information can be accessed via the student intranet: https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/student/ 

 

Other useful information and student resources can be accessed via the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE): http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/login/index.php , which has specific information on library skills, essay writing and research skills. 

 

SSI Network: The Institute acts like a network. You will have access to those who are active in the field of policy and strategy to support your ongoing professional development and alumni will be encouraged to maintain connections with the Institute via a tailored virtual learning environment and invitations to special events. 

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MA International Development

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision