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This established course, which has been running for ten years, examines the central issues facing developing countries in today's globalised world, giving you the skills for a job in development and the wider sectors. 

Our aim is to make you an informed and critical development practitioner. You will be equipped with all the practical skills that are demanded by development agencies. You will also gain insight across the wider picture, understanding how developing countries can progress and how the poor can be mobilised to escape from the poverty trap. 

The course also explores how NGOs can play a key role in promoting social and economic progress and you will develop the ability to identify, design and implement programmes with a view to engaging with and enhancing the situation of the poor.

Our students and staff are a diverse group from different backgrounds and your tutors have expertise in many key development regions and countries from South Asia and Latin America to Middle East and Africa.

What makes this course different

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Accredited by the IAC/EADI

The International Accreditation Council for Global Development Studies and Research is considered the gold standard in the quality of Global Development postgraduate training programmes.

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Academics who have real-world experience

Our staff are actively involved in development work and research around the world and we have an alumni network of former students who are working in NGOs or have set up NGOs themselves.

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Opportunities for placements through our networks

Our wide-ranging contacts enable us to facilitate placement opportunities in development agencies and aid and relief organisations as well as in the voluntary sector.


The course consists of four modules and a dissertation. The full-time MSc takes one year to complete and the part-time course is completed over two years. 

You will learn about development management in the international context and the impact of globalisation. We focus on public management and the role of aid agencies and NGOs in development and encourage you to gain general conceptual, critical and evaluative skills.

Our Project and Programme Design module will give you insight into a range of approaches to development interventions, including design, implementation and management.

The course introduces design methods used by NGOs and aid agencies as well as important issues such as sustainability and alternatives to the project approach.

We will also teach you how to examine rationales for research and a range of investigative techniques. This will help you prepare for your dissertation in which you will demonstrate your ability to use theories from earlier modules alongside your own research findings.



  • Core Modules

    Global Development Now

    This core module will introduce you to the current debates in development. It situates global development within the key literatures in development theory and its critiques, helping you to examine the implications for contemporary development debates. It enables you to engage with and apply the informed practitioner focused skills to problems in global development.


    Research Methods for Social Science

    This module equips students with an understanding of how to take up and use a range of research methods to inform evidence based policy making with a view to them putting these into action to enhance their employability.


    Policy and Practice of Humanitarianism and Development - Mental Wealth

    The module aims to offer you a combination of theoretical and practice-based knowledge and experiences from the fields of humanitarianism, development and international politics, with an interdisciplinary and participatory approach. The module provides an in-depth analysis of the politics of policy and practice of development and humanitarianism. The module will also offer practical applied skills in analysing case studies and policy-making related to international development, humanitarianism, displacement, gender-based violence, and human trafficking.


    Independent Applied Research Project

    This module consolidates the knowledge acquired and skills developed in earlier modules intended to prepare you to execute a piece of independent and original work. The module aims to support you in the research and development process suitable for conducting an appropriately managed project, whilst improving your research skills and refining your ability to use them productively. It also aims to help you to offer evidence of self-management in respect of planning, recording and evaluation within the original work produced.

    Optional Modules

    Sustainability and the Commons

    This module will give students the opportunity to gain knowledge on the problematic of environmental and socio-economic sustainability in the contemporary world and explore how collective action in general and the commons in particular are an effective response to these problematics. Students will be encouraged to navigate the theoretical and empirical literature on the commons and reflect on their own experience of community involvement. Students will also be guided in the planning for the final essay and trained in the art of blogging.


    Forced Migration in the Global Era

    As part of this module you will critically examine key issues associated with forced migration and the refugee experience. It will engage you with evaluation of the socio-political processes of construction and production of a range of categories labelling people on the move: forced migrant, refugee, asylum seeker, irregular migrant etc. This will enable you to develop your intellectual position on important contemporary issues ranging from human rights, securitization of migration and their global and local dimensions, such as protracted displacement, to the processes of inclusion, exclusion and identity politics in receiving societies.

    By completing this module, you will be able to evidence both the crucial level of relevant knowledge as well as critical thinking skills required for future engagement in evidence-based assessment and evaluation of the situation of marginalised and vulnerable groups in society - something future employers will look for in your portfolio.


    Conflict, Displacement and Human Security

    This module equips you with an understanding of key issues of contemporary conflicts, changing dynamics of displacement and increased human (in) security; it enables you to place emphasis on people as social actors and agents of social change; it prepares you to learn strategies to prevent conflicts and to promote reconciliation and peace-building; and through the use of case studies it prepares you to evaluate real life scenarios.


Students on this course have varied backgrounds and experience in development and our academic team are committed to tailoring their teaching to your needs.

In addition to attending lectures and seminars, you will have access to specialist teaching staff with expertise relating to a range of different contexts and NGOs.

For example, Professor Massimo De Angelis is interested in the need to seek alternatives to current profit-driven processes because he believes they are ecologically unsustainable, while Dr Rob Ahearne's expertise and research specialism is in East Africa.

Dr  Meera Tiwari's regional specialism, within a multidimensional poverty lens, is South Asia, but in recent years she has extended her research to rural Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Dr  Susannah Pickering-Saqqa has extensive experience of project management and programme design and has recently undertaken research on Oxfam's UK Poverty  Programme.

Dr  Katie Wright specialises in Latin America while Dr Kathryn Kraft's regional expertise is in the Middle East, with a focus on the faith-based organisations.

Our staff's range of contacts in NGOs and links with former students, some of whom have set up their own NGOs since graduating, will facilitate your work placement in the UK, Africa, Asia or Latin America.

"You will have access to advice from NGO and development experts even before you have decided to come to UEL," says Dr Tiwari.

"Our network of contacts in NGOs and our teaching will give you all the practical skills you need for a development role in the future."


We will assess you through a variety of ways including essays, briefing papers and report writing, collaborative and individual presentations, and unseen examination. You will be encouraged to conduct fieldwork on a particular topic of your choice for your dissertation, providing the opportunity for focused independent research.


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Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Meera Tiwari

Meera Tiwari is Reader in International Development with expertise in multidimensional understandings of poverty.

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Susannah Pickering-Saqqa

Susannah is a senior lecturer in International Development and NGO Management.

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Kathryn Kraft

Kathryn Kraft is senior lecturer in International Development, specialising in faith and humanitarianism, NGO management and social transformation.

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What we're researching

When you undertake one of our master's courses you'll be taught by research-active, well-published academic staff who are experts in their field.

Our academic team are actively researching the key issues of today's globalised world, such as fair trade and wellbeing, justice and natural resource extraction, comparative perspectives of urban deprivation and gender and development. 

We are engaged in cutting-edge research in the area of post-human approaches to international relations, 'the post-human way of war', gender power systems of conflict and violence, psychosocial aspects of forced displacement, digital diasporas, social capital and integration.

Our staff also have regional expertise and excellent contacts in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Western Balkans.

We have a number of research centres and groups in the area of global studies and run many research seminars and events. All of our postgraduate students are welcome to become part of our vibrant research community.

Doing this master’s course has enhanced my skills in project and programme design and broadened my understanding of development studies and development issues. I can now apply for jobs from a wider base and with the skills I gained, I can also apply for positions that I could not apply for before.

Dorothy Princess Nalule

MSc NGO and Development Management


This course has a strong focus on employability and is specifically designed to give you the skills to work for development agencies, NGOs and in the wider development sector.

The experience and contacts of our staff will help you set up placements in the UK, Africa, Asia or Latin America and gain more understanding of how the sector works. 

You will gain the experience and knowledge either to further your career in NGO and development management or to use your skills within the area to enhance the role you are already playing. 

Our students who have worked in the field before have found that after the course they are in a much better position to apply for more senior jobs across the development sector with the extra practical and critical thinking skills they have developed.

If you have not been involved in NGOs or development management previously, the course will give you the knowledge and practical skills which are highly sought after by development agencies.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.