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International Development Practice (MSc) University of St Andrews




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The MSc in International Development Practice explores the theory of international development work as well as applied skills commonly needed for international development careers.

Course information

International development seeks to enable a global reduction in poverty and improvement in human health and wellbeing. On the MSc in International Development Practice you will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of international development work.


Aimed at students intending to follow a career in international development.
Introduces key topics in development studies, providing a broad-based overview of the field.
Interdisciplinary character helps you to develop a more rounded understanding of international development questions and concepts.
Applied components provide a bridge between the theory of development studies and the real-world challenges faced by development practitioners.
Integrated training programme connects your academic learning with the development of personal and professional competencies.

The MSc in International Development Practice is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character and an emphasis on applied skills that will be of particular value if you are looking to follow a career in international development.

International development is inherently interdisciplinary. On this MSc subject experts from across the University explore how different academic disciplines understand the character and process of international development.

In this way you will engage with critical perspectives on the nature of development and international development strategies. You will be encouraged to develop a more rounded, interdisciplinary understanding of international development questions and concepts and learn how to critically discuss development interventions from multiple disciplinary perspectives.


The University of St Andrews’ global reputation makes its graduates highly valued by employers. The MSc in International Development Practice is aimed at students intending to follow a career in international development, and you will develop skills commonly needed in international development work.

In addition to broadening your subject knowledge and applying established techniques of research and enquiry, you will develop and demonstrate essential skills including:

  • critical thinking and creativity
  • analysis and appraisal
  • problem solving and decision making
  • personal leadership and project management
  • interpersonal communication and team working.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study International Development Practice (MSc).

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£24,240.00 (24,91,101) per year




University of St Andrews

College Gate,

St Andrews,

KY16 9AJ, Scotland

Entry requirement for international students

Students need to have a good 2.1 honours undergraduate degree. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Minimum component scores (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) and 7.0 minimum overall score; TOEFL IBT: 94 minimum overall score with Listening: 12; Reading: 13; Writing: 27; Speaking: 18.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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