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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£17,750 (FT)

Applicants may be eligible for the DFID Shared Scholarship Scheme and the Otto Koenigsberger Scholarship.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Development Planning Unit

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Social Development Practice MSc

This MSc offers a critical approach to 'people-centred' development, addressing the challenges for equitable citizenship in the context of social diversity and globalisation. Participants gain a wide range of experience, and develop their understanding of current theoretical debates alongside the skills required to be a reflective social development practitioner.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The central focus of the course is the relationship between active citizenship and development, with the recognition that diverse identities and aspirations are critical components of social change. This course offers the opportunity to engage with the theoretical and practical tools for promoting well-being, exploring the role of practitioners in supporting the contestation of rights and working towards social justice.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The course is intended to introduce participants to critical, analytical and practical skills that will be of use in their future careers, whether as academics, social development practitioners or advocates for the need to place the 'social' at the centre of development. Accordingly it provides participants with the opportunity to critically examine relevant bodies of knowledge, current debates and experience from the field and invites them to consider how social development concerns can be effectively addressed in the processes of development policy, planning and practice.

Students on this MSc benefit from the strong practical component, which includes fieldwork assignments in London and abroad. An international fieldtrip takes students to a developing country, providing an opportunity to develop practical skills, use tools for participatory action research, and reflect on the roles and responsibilities of social development practitioners.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible 3-5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), one option (30 credits) and a development and planning report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Social Policy and Citizenship
  • Social Diversity, Inequality, and Poverty
  • Social Development Practice

Options

  • Managing the City Economy
  • Housing Policy, Programme and Project Alternatives
  • Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
  • Urban Development Policy, Planning and Management
  • Gender in Policy and Planning
  • Urban Environmental Planning and Management in Development
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South
  • Management and Planning for Development

Dissertation/report

All MSc students submit a 10,000 word report on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classroom exercises, and field work within the UK and abroad. Practical work, including the overseas group fieldwork report, will comprise part of the total programme credits. Student performance is assessed through course work, examinations, and a dissertation report.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a good second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than second-class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus relevant work experience. Applicants who do not hold a first degree may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate considerable senior-level professional experience in planning or a related field.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for modular/flexible programmes is 6 September 2013. If you require a Tier 4 visa in order to study in the UK, then you are not eligible to apply or be made an offer of a place on a programme as a part-time (modular flexible) student. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This MSc attracts participants from a wide variety of disciplines including sociology, economics, anthropology, international studies, history, communication studies, geography and psychology. It provides the critical, analytical and practical skills necessary for their future careers as academics, social development practitioners or advocates.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Social Development Practice at graduate level
  • why you want to study Social Development Practice at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • what do you think you will bring to the course
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

Graduates of the programme are now working in a number of professional capacities some of which include: programme officers for an international NGO (Dhaka), national NGO officers in Indonesia and the UK, advisor/ trainer for a women's human rights group (Croatia), project officer with UK academic institution, consultants working in both British and overseas companies and officers in national and local government institutions. Some graduates pursue an academic career, either through doctoral studies or through teaching and research in a number of prestigious universities.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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