MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development

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Impact evaluation is a growing area of research strength and teaching capacity in the School of International Development. We have been doing evaluation since our inception in the late 1960s, in our undergraduate, postgraduate, research and consultancy activities, including traditional cost-benefit studies, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and qualitative as well as quantitative research.

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Do you have an interest in designing and implementing development projects and programmes? How about researching development effectiveness? Or would you like to develop and enhance your skills for undertaking high quality rigorous impact evaluations?

Impact evaluation has become an important tool in development policy making. Multilateral and bilateral donor agencies and developing country governments are now committed to funding and utilising high quality impact evaluation, and taking this Master’s will support your career path. You’ll get to grips with the basics of modern evidence-based policy-making and impact evaluation, including the contexts and practices of evaluation, research design and more advanced methods of quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Overview

You’ll combine theory and practice through two specialist modules and acquire analytical skills that are important beyond impact evaluation. What’s more, you’ll be part of the School of International Development (DEV), which has a world-class reputation for research in international development.

You can choose module options both from within DEV and from other departments at UEA, giving you a unique range of choice and specialisation and providing you with the chance to tailor the course to your particular interests.

Lecturers who teach on this course have wide practical experience in impact evaluation. Many of them are international development economists, so you’ll benefit from their proficiency and knowhow.

Course Structure

At the heart of this Master’s programme are two unique modules. Welfare and Evaluation in Development provides you with theoretical frameworks for evidence-based policy and a critical understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to impact evaluation and development. It reviews approaches to wellbeing and their practical application in terms of evaluating the effect of development interventions. It exposes you to cost-benefit analysis and considers policy and evaluation in practice looking at a range of sectors and contexts.

Applied Methods for Impact Evaluation provides you with a good basic knowledge of applied methods of impact evaluation that allows you to carry out high quality impact evaluations. For that purpose, it provides a comprehensive overview of the most important methods of impact evaluation. It provides instruction in and hands-on experience of the main quantitative and qualitative impact evaluation methods, through linked lectures and (computer) workshop/seminars.

You’ll also study Econometric Methods for Development. The aim of this introductory module is to introduce you to basic econometric theory and provide you with sufficient knowledge and practical skill for competent use of econometrics in empirical research. The module also enables you to understand and interpret econometric research results. By the end of the module you'll have acquired sufficient knowledge and skill to apply multivariate analysis of cross-sectional and time-series data to a wide range of macro- and micro-economic problems of development. In addition to lectures, the module includes computer workshops on Stata (a widely used econometrics software) and seminars.

There are a host of excellent optional modules to choose from, including Critical Issues in Development Practice, Microeconomics of Development, and Contemporary World Development.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching

Teaching methods include mainly lectures and seminars. Your lectures go beyond the customary ‘chalk-and-talk’ approach, and include a range of interactive tasks and activities. The use of technology is also widespread, for example through visual representation of empirical evidence in international development (e.g. through statistical programmes). Other examples include the use of online reading materials and lecture screencasts.

Through seminar group work and presentations you’ll also be able to develop transferable skills such as articulating an argument both orally and in writing and presenting academic information in a lucid and cogent manner.

Independent study

You’ll read academic articles and book excerpts suggested by the academics and submit the assignments as specified for each module. Your independent study gives you the chance to prepare for in-class sessions and assignments, and to concentrate on the areas that interest you the most.

A range of optional seminars and workshops are offered during this Master’s programme for the teaching and strengthening of your skills. Sessions to support learning – in particular essay and dissertation writing – occur throughout the year. Development practice training is also provided.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a variety of methods, including presentations, essays, exams and an optional dissertation. Further assessment methods will differ depending on the optional modules you choose.

You’ll also receive oral feedback on your arguments and ideas during seminars, which helps you develop skills in articulating an argument orally.

You’ll also be encouraged to prepare essay plans or outlines in advance of essay deadlines, and to discuss these with the relevant lecturer during their office hours or by email. In addition, you’ll typically receive oral and/or written feedback on an initial coursework assignment well in advance of your deadline for the main coursework assignment.

Finally, the dissertation enables you to develop specific research skills such as conducting research using primary and secondary data, researching specific topics and questions, thinking critically, and linking theoretical concepts to practical issues.

After the course

You can choose an internship or work placement at various organisations.

We have an agreement with CARE, Oxfam GB and Tearfund to explore internship opportunities for students on this course. This would give you the opportunity to work with an NGO alongside evaluation professionals for a period of around four months. You can apply for this once you’ve enrolled on the course.

The relationship between you and the NGO would start during the autumn semester, with terms of reference to be agreed by the Christmas break. You would then undertake the internship upon completion of the taught part of the course.

Upon completing your MSc, you’ll be equipped with a range of transferable skills, which means you can pursue a variety of exciting careers both in and beyond international development.

You’ll also be well qualified to enter a PhD programme with a view to continuing to an academic career both in the UK and overseas.

Career destinations

A career in international development can take you in all kinds of directions such as a policy maker, non-governmental official, consultant or research institute staff – all of which can be involved in impact evaluations.

Previous graduates have gone on to work for the British High Commission in Ghana, UNITAR in Japan, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and PhD studies in related fields.

 

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.

To give you greater flexibility, you can choose to study the course full time over one year or part time over two years.

Course Modules 2019/0

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

APPLIED METHODS FOR IMPACT EVALUATION

This module will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the most important methods of impact evaluation. For that purpose, it will provide you with instruction in and hands-on experiences of the main quantitative and qualitative impact evaluation methods, with an emphasis on the quantitative.

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ECONOMETRIC METHODS FOR DEVELOPMENT

The aim of this introductory module is to introduce you to basic econometric theory and provide you with sufficient knowledge and practical skill for competent use of econometrics in empirical research. The module also enables you to understand and interpret econometric research results. By the end of the module you'll have acquired sufficient knowledge and skill to apply multivariate analysis of cross-sectional and time-series data to a wide range of macro- and micro-economic problems of development. In addition to lectures, the module includes computer workshops on Stata (widely used econometrics software) and seminars.

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20

MSC IN IMPACT EVALUATION FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MSc in Impact Evaluation for International Development.

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20

WELFARE AND EVALUATION IN DEVELOPMENT

This module provides you with an introduction to the theory and practice of impact evaluation. The focus will be on issues around evidence-based policy making, approaches to wellbeing, and their practical application in terms of evaluating the effect of development interventions on the quality of people's lives. The first part discusses the notion of evidence-based policy, introduces the students to the area of evaluation and reviews the role of programme theory in evaluation. The second part addresses the theory of welfare, with particular reference to poverty, inequality, and multi-dimensional ill-being as well as cost effectiveness. The third part considers policy and evaluation in practice looking at a range of sectors and contexts.

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Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Dissertation or Development Work Placement

Name Code Credits

DEVELOPMENT WORK PLACEMENT

This module gives you an opportunity to identify, apply for and do an internship or work placement, worth 40 credits, as an integral part of your Masters programme. You would take this module in the summer semester as an alternative to the Dissertation module, and it is open to most MA /MSc programmes. The placements are for a period of 8-10 weeks between May and, preferably, the end of July. In recent years, students have done placements across a range of United Nations institutions, in specialist consultancy and research Organisations, and non-governmental organisations both in the UK and across the world. You are responsible for finding a suitable placement but will be given a range of support from International Development which includes giving the students access to the International Development internship host data base compiled over nearly a decade; advice on identifying appropriate placements; advice on CV design, fund-raising (where necessary), health and safety, ethical considerations etc.; facilitate communication between student and potential host, in some cases acting as a mediator. Whilst we cannot guarantee a placement we are confident that most students who take this module and apply themselves to identifying an internship, will be successful. The module is assessed by the production of an Analytical Report based on the internship which allows you to reflect both on the content of the placement, and the personal expense of undertaking this work

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DISSERTATION

You will be required to produce a short (8000-12000 words) dissertation on an approved topic

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Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Autumn Semester Recommended Options. Students will select a total of 60 credits across Option Ranges B, C, D and G. This must include at least 20 credits from Semester 1 (Option Ranges B and C) and at least 20 credits from Semester 2 (Option Ranges D and G).

Name Code Credits

CRITICAL ISSUES IN DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE

The module offers you a critical introduction to and perspectives on development interventions. A key goal of the module is to provide you with a critical and comprehensive overview of project management, how humanitarian management differs, and the innovations shaping contemporary development practice. The module does this by setting out key aspects of development practice, from the tools used in development planning such as project management cycles to complexity theory, and taking a critical and analytical approach to their implications. We start off with a review of the overarching history of development interventions and thought, exploring how different approaches have been used over the years, with varying effects and influenced by varied political agendas. This includes trends in aid finance, which provides an important framing for then exploring how projects are constructed, with tools such as log frames and monitoring and evaluation plans, the variations when planning a rapid onset humanitarian intervention, and how overall planning systems and actors shape these processes. The module will help you understand how the diversity of development actors and agencies, their positionality and their interactions, shape interventions and affect their ability to have positive impact. We also reflect on these from an anthropological perspective, standing away from the development enterprise and thinking critically about how those involved in aid are also challenged by the processes in which they are involved.

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INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPMENT

The aim of the module is for you to gain an understanding of current debates on the principles and theories linking education to development in a range of social contexts. The module will introduce you to theories of education and development including international and comparative education. These are examined in relation to the broader challenges of development. Topics in the module may include: theories of human development and capabilities, human capital and rights based approaches, theories of equity, social justice and inclusive education. You will examine schooling in contexts of chronic poverty, models of schooling and de-schooling, formal and non-formal education, the challenges of linguistic and cultural diversity, inclusive education and disability, gender inequalities, and the education of nomads and other migratory groups.

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20

MICROECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT

The module provides the building blocks for microeconomic analysis of development. Topics include: #Poverty, inequality and welfare #Agricultural household production #Intra- household allocation #Risk, uncertainty and insurance #Markets and Institutions: credit #Markets and institutions: labour #Human capital : education, health and nutrition #Public goods, collective action #Institutions, transaction costs #Policy reforms #Household surveys and their analysis. The module consists of lectures, seminars and workshops. Students are assessed by essay and exam.

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20

PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBALISATION

Globalisation refers to the increasingly interconnected nature of social life on our planet. It has been described as 'the most important change in human history'. You will critically examine a number of key debates about globalisation: about what is driving the process, and about what impacts it is having - for example, on economic development, poverty and inequality, conflict, and the environment. This module takes an inter-disciplinary approach, presenting different conceptual frameworks within which contemporary globalisation is analysed.

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20

RESEARCH TECHNIQUES AND ANALYSIS

The course lectures and seminars will include the following topics: # Development research and research ethics # Research design and method; sampling, questionnaire design, interviews # The role of qualitative methods in quantitative research and mixed methods # Participatory and action research # Design and implementation of household surveys on various topics, e.g. income, consumption, employment, health, nutrition, education, etc. Basic data processing and statistical analysis and presentation are shown based on tools such as Excel, SPSS and STATA.

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20

RURAL LIVELIHOODS AND AGRARIAN CHANGE

Poverty and hunger remain key developmental challenges, driving poor health and ill-being on the one hand and conflict and violence on the other. This is the central question addressed by this module. In this module, you will explore different approaches to understanding rural livelihoods. You will be equipped with the tools and frameworks to critically assess different strategies for livelihoods-building and their implications for poverty and inequality, including those of class and gender, at the micro-level. Starting with an understanding of key concepts of poverty, food security, gender, capabilities, capitals and entitlements, you will apply these to a host of contexts and programmes through seminar discussions. This will enable a deeper understanding of the interconnections between the wider policy context, the social structure that shapes entitlements, the assets available to groups and individuals and their livelihood strategies. You will also explore the links between the rural and urban, and the changes over time. You will have an opportunity to experience some of the dilemmas confronting the rural poor through an experiential game.

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20

WATER SECURITY - CONCEPTS

You'll examine the competing and complementing issues related to water security and international development, from a theoretical and conceptual perspective - but tested with real-world examples. The objectives of this module are to acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence required to interpret, analyse, understand, and begin to respond to water challenges in so-called 'development' contexts. You will gain experience writing concisely and critically about water security issues in general, acquire numerous concepts, and be familiar with different theoretical approaches. You will be encouraged to think critically about water security projects and policy and be able to analyse water security projects and policy. You'll gain experience presenting your water security analysis in public and be aware of and able to engage in the most current water security debates plus being familiar with the water challenges of particular cases of your greatest interest. This module is one of the cornerstones (and requisites) for the Water Security and International Development MSc. It typically attracts many from across DEV, as well as ENV, MED, BIO, etc, and complements the 'Water Security - Practice' module, which is geared more towards implementation (and also open to others).

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20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Autumn Semester Other Options. Students will select a total of 60 credits across Option Ranges B, C, D and G. This must include at least 20 credits from Semester 1 (Option Ranges B and C) and at least 20 credits from Semester 2 (Option Ranges D and G).

Name Code Credits

DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVES

You will explore different theoretical ideas and debates about development, and place these in their historical and political contexts. You will critically assess the various ways in which development has been conceptualised, from the end of the Second World War to the present day. You will cover topics including modernisation theory; dependency theory; the role of the state; neo-liberalism and the Washington Consensus, neo-institutionalism and the post-Washington Consensus; poverty and basic needs; human development and capabilities; equity and justice; rights and empowerment; and sustainable development. A key point of the module is to show how ideas in development emerge and how they shape policies and practice in development in the present day.

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20

GENDER PERSPECTIVES IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The aim of this unit is to provide you with a solid grounding in gender analysis of development, and to enable you to understand the link between gender and key debates within development studies such as poverty, violence, religion and the role of men in gender and development. The module introduces and explains the range of ideas, debates and tools, which are the foundations of gender analysis, within a discussion of key issues in gender analysis of development: the nature of the household and kinship, gender roles, power and empowerment, and environmental change. The unit stands alone as a foundation for gender analysis of development, it also builds the necessary basis for the more applied units which follow in the spring semester, and for dissertations based on gender topics. If you are writing your dissertation on a gender topic you will need to have completed this module.

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20

SOCIAL ANALYSIS FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Effective social development and policy are based on sound conceptual foundations, and this module focuses on the conceptual tools that underpin policy relevant social analysis. You will develop skills to analyse social contexts which influence interventions and social change ('development'), using concepts from sociology, anthropology and political analysis. There is an old development adage that 'if you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, but if you give him a fishing rod you feed him for a lifetime'. Think about social theory and concepts as a fishing rod! The module is about social concepts and theory, but we always apply these concepts to practical social development issues and interventions. You will apply your knowledge and understanding of social concepts to important international development issues, for example (and these can vary each year) the social analysis of HIV, the social analysis of poverty and micro-credit interventions, or the social analysis of conflict and peace.

DEV-7021A

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Spring Semester Recommended Options. Students will select a total of 60 credits across Option Ranges B, C, D and G. This must include at least 20 credits from Semester 1 (Option Ranges B and C) and at least 20 credits from Semester 2 (Option Ranges D and G).

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

The broad aim of the module Advanced Qualitative Research and Analysis (AQRA) is to prepare students who already have a basic grasp of qualitative research methods for carrying out data analysis using different techniques. It will also aim at understanding how to link research questions, theory and methods and the research design more generally, as well as how to collect and manage data, and produce a piece of written work from the data. The module aims to start where the basic courses left off by moving from the research proposal required in the RTA coursework to producing a piece of written analysis based on existing qualitative datasets. Examples of tecnhiques covered are interviews, focus groups, participant observation, and the use of audio-visual and expressive arts. Classes will be practice-oriented in a workshop format, where students can experiement with conducting discourse analysis, thematic analysis, and narrative analysis of the datasets that will be provided.

DEV-7036B

20

CONFLICT, CIVIL WARS AND PEACE

The number of violent intrastate conflicts has outweighed the number of violent interstate conflicts for more than five decades. Yet it was only with the end of the Cold War that academics and policy-makers started paying more attention to the possible causes and consequences of large-scale intrastate violence. Today, questions of effective conflict management, especially of large-scale civil wars, are among the top priorities of international development agencies. The aim of the Conflict, Civil Wars and Peace module is to critically assess the possible causes and consequences of violent intrastate conflicts as well as their implications for the wider development agenda. Key topics to be discussed in the module include causes, dynamics and consequences of different types of violent conflict, strategies and causes of terrorism, the role of gender during and after violent intrastate conflicts, the (contested) relationship(s) between natural resource wealth and civil wars, institutional approaches to conflict management, the rationale and possible effects of third-party intervention in civil wars, and post-conflict reconstruction efforts, including state- and peace-building as well as transitional justice. Throughout the module, you will be expected to assess the strengths and limitations of central concepts and theories from the academic debate by applying them to relevant empirical evidence, such as the role of gender during the Rwandan genocide in 1994 or the performance of Bosnia and Herzegovina's post-civil war power-sharing arrangement.

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20

CRITICAL ISSUES IN DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE 2

This module develops an advanced understanding of some of the challenges and changes in aid delivery that are introduced in Critical Issues in Development Practice 1, in the autumn semesters. Together these modules serve as the core foundations for the MA in Development Practice (DP). With the grounding the previous module provides, Critical Issues in Development Practice 2 will expand your understanding to new different areas of concern and practice, across a wide range of approaches and topics in contemporary aid delivery. Themes explored will include specific approaches to aid delivery, such as human rights based approaches to development, and how this intersects with concerns around good governance as a key pillar for development. You will also be exposed to debates about global aid architecture and institutions, and wider global conditions in which aid operates, including around the politicisation of aid and the implications of the 'securitisation' agenda. A complementary strand of the module will examine shifting parameters of aid delivery, including around businesses and private sector involvement, for example in how public private partnerships might operate for the sustainable development goals. Examining such approaches includes considering the potential conceptual contradictions underlying social or human development objectives and business motives, and ways forward, such as looking at business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and social enterprise. The overall goal is to give you a deep and broad understanding of the key issues driving change in the sector for coming decades.

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20

ECONOMIC POLICY ANALYSIS

You will examine a selection of topics in applied development economics that are important for government policy - chosen from areas such as international trade, foreign investment, government taxation and spending, labour markets and employment, agriculture, finance, business regulation, energy and climate change. You will look at the economic theory relevant to each topic, and how government policies have worked in practice.

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20

EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND PRACTICE FOR DEVELOPMENT

The aim of this module is help you to understand and critically examine policy-making processes and specific policies for educational development, as well as relationships between policy and practice in a range of international, national and local development contexts. Through this module you will explore different approaches to policy development and familiarise yourself with dominant global policy agendas in education - asking who makes or influences policy, and considering policies as socially situated documents, practices and processes. The module introduces you to educational policy - to address a range of development challenges and how related strategies are enacted in practice; drawing on policy theory and ethnographic and school-based research, as well as practical sessions to unpack the approaches and skills needed for successful advocacy and campaigning.

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20

GENDER DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

This module equips you with the knowledge and skills to understand and explore relations between social policies, practice and key actors in addressing various forms of difference and diversity, with a particular focus on gender. You will develop analytical and conceptual skills to critically assess social policies - including gender - and social development at the international, national and institutional levels. This module considers current issues of gender and a range of intersecting inequalities (e.g. disability, migrant status) with reference to addressing social exclusion and deficit modes of development. The module has both theoretical and more practical components, and you will have the opportunity to work on your own projects through linked seminar sessions.

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20

GLOBALISATION, BUSINESS AND DEVELOPMENT

This module is about the way in which global production is organized, the roles played by the state, business and civil society and the relations between them. It focuses on key business actors such as transnational corporations. We look in depth at issues of resource extraction in developing countries and various aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility including relations with local communities and workers, as well as the impacts on the environment and human rights.

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20

GLOBALISED AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS

The aim of this module is to understand how forces operating at the global scale affect food and agriculture. These forces include trends in farming and trade, environmental change, policy developments, and social movements. Food security is a central theme: we explore different ways food security is defined, and how it is contested internationally, considering global institutions like FAO, interest groups, and diverse policy agendas (e.g. food sufficiency, nutrition, sustainability). The module considers a range of issues currently affecting food and farming systems: environmental change, changing diets (more meat, processed foods), `post-production' concerns with food safety or farming's impact on ecosystems, global agribusiness, agricultural innovation systems, and global-scale changes in food prices. Students will gain critical understanding of debates around these issues and of how different policy actors engage with them. These actors include firms, public RandD institutions, farmers' movements, and major donors and philanthropic organizations. An abiding concern is understanding impacts for the poor and vulnerable, particularly smallholder farmers, but also consumers in the North and South, and those involved in value chains. The module will help students develop a critical and inter-disciplinary understanding of key international policy debates that have relevance to agriculture.

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HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT

This module provides a broad introduction to health issues in a context of development. It reviews different cultural understandings of health, and relationships between health, socio-economic change, livelihoods and poverty. The module also examines health policies of particular relevance to developing countries. While we look at health issues in general, we pay particular attention to links between HIV/AIDS and development.

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20

MACROECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT

This module will provide you with an understanding of macroeconomic theory and policy in developing countries. This will include an evaluation of alternative theories of economic growth and their policy implications, and an analysis of the macroeconomic effects of external shocks. By the end of the module, you will have a good understanding of modern theories of economic growth and open economy macroeconomics, and be able to apply those theories to economic policy issues in developing countries.

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20

MEDIA AND DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE

You will be working in the university and in the local community to design, implement and evaluate your own 'live' media and development project. The aim of this module is not only to provide you with the opportunity to gain experience of media and development in practice but also to provide the opportunity to reflect on that experience. Past projects have involved content production, audience research, social media strategy, project design and capacity building. This module is not taught through conventional lectures and seminars. Instead, there are opportunities to talk, listen and reflect on our work and the issues and processes encountered. An important element of this process is peer review.

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TOOLS AND SKILLS IN ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

How can sustainable development be achieved in a way that both protects the environment whilst pursuing development that benefits the poorest? Often those who benefit least from development projects are most vulnerable to the costs of development, such as pollution of rivers and loss of land, yet they have little say in development decisions. This module introduces you to important tools and frameworks used by researchers, government agencies, businesses and non-governmental organisations for managing environmental and natural resources for sustainable development. You will learn to critique and apply a range of the most widely used tools. Examples that have been covered in this module previously include Environmental Impact Assessment, livelihoods analysis, climate vulnerability assessment, Geographical Information Systems, participatory decision making and scenarios methods. The module is taught through workshops and practical sessions, lectures and a study visit within Norfolk. There is an emphasis on putting concepts and tools into practice and understanding how environmental assessments guide management actions. Both individual and team projects will be important. You will gain confidence and skills in applying and critiquing the leading tools and frameworks used by sustainable development professionals.

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Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Spring Semester Other Options. Students will select a total of 60 credits across Option Ranges B, C, D and G. This must include at least 20 credits from Semester 1 (Option Ranges B and C) and at least 20 credits from Semester 2 (Option Ranges D and G).

Name Code Credits

CONTEMPORARY WORLD DEVELOPMENT

The objective of Contemporary World Development is to examine key debates around development objectives, processes and agencies. While issues discussed here are of contemporary significance, references will be made to the historical contexts in which these debates have arisen. Concerns central to development policy making will be reviewed through theoretically grounded critical perspectives. Topics covered include the Millennium Development Goals, donors and aid politics, state and NGOs, and poverty.

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20

POLITICAL ECOLOGY

This module seeks to provide students with a solid understanding of political ecology theory and enable them to apply this theory for analysing environment and development problems. After a brief introduction to the origins and beginnings of political ecology, students review key contributions to major policy fields in environment and development in a series of reading seminars, covering agriculture and biotechnology, climate change, conservation, fisheries, forestry, and water. Students also perform political ecology analyses of particular natural resource problems in small groups. The course ends with a workshop on contemporary theoretical debates in political ecology.

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Social Science
  • Degree Classification 2.1 or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements Basic statistics skills are essential

Entry Requirement

Basic statistics skills are a requirement.  A pre-sessional 2-week long statistics course, offered by the university, is mandatory for all students and the cost is included in the overall fee for the course.

Applicants should normally have a good undergraduate degree from a recognised higher education institution. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant. All applicants are required to have a statistical background.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 58 (minimum 50 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected masters degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:

International Graduate Diploma in International Development

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Special Entry Requirements

A 2-week long pre-sessional course is mandatory for all students to attend. This is designed to enhance and develop existing statistical skills to the required level.  For entry in September 2018 this course will commence on 5th September and registration will take place on 4th September 2018.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2019/20 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,500 (full time)
  • International Students: £16,100 (full time)

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.


Scholarships and Funding

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK students. Please click here for more detailed information about UK/EU Scholarships and Funding.

The University offers around £1 million of Scholarships each year to support International students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Please click here for further information about funding for International students. International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515