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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, particularly in urban contexts. Participants engage in a critical analysis of the theory and practice of social development alongside gaining the skills required to be a reflective social development practitioner.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 3-5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£11,125 (FT)
Overseas:
£19,620 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
All applicants:
4 September 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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 in Practice

Options

  • Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South
  • Communication, Technologies and Social Power
  • Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
  • Gender in Policy and Planning
  • Housing Policy, Programme and Project Alternatives
  • Management and Planning for Development
  • Managing the City Economy
  • NGOs and Social Transformation
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Urban Development Policy, Planning and Management
  • Urban Environmental Planning and Management in 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 fieldwork 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Social Development Practice MSc

Funding

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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

Value:
£5,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on financial needs

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK students
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial needs

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial needs

David Thomas Award

Value:
c. £300(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship

Value:
£5,000(1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Otto Koenigsberger Fund

Value:
Up to £3,000(1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme 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, with a focus on urban contexts.

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.

Student / staff ratios › 33 staff › 200 taught students › 40 research students

Department: Development Planning Unit

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31
All applicants
2015-09-04

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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