MA International development

International Studies are at the heart of understanding and dealing with so many issues that regard relations within and among nations. If you wish to become an agent of change in the social transformation of communities and societies at the local, national, and international levels, or you want to progress to senior roles at either operational, policy or commissioning in your government, a private or public organization in your country or another country, our International Studies programme will help you develop skills and competences you need to enhance your career prospects.

Next start date

05 August 2019




10 courses and a Dissertation offered on a modular basis. Each course runs for eight weeks.

How to apply

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Fees per course

US$ 250
How to pay

Fees per programme

US$ 2500
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About this programme

Our MA in International Development provides a high quality, interdisciplinary, postgraduate qualification to professionals wishing to deepen their understanding of the core aspects of international development, policies and practice.

We have design the programme to enable graduates become change-makers by equipping them with tools and expertise needed to generate a positive impact at the local and international scale. The course explores aspects of international development the following key thematic areas:  International political economy; poverty and inequality; leadership, governance and management; and the environment

You will be able to

  • Critically understand the theory and practice of international development and analyze different perspectives in relation to international development.

  • Provide insights on key strategies, policies and practices designed to promote international development.

  • Develop skills for analyzing policies, planning and management of development and actions for reducing poverty, inequality, access to education and other issues that negatively affect the globe.

  • Join the VUU network of international experts and professionals that enables sharing of experiences, knowledge, and practices for you to engage in future career and job opportunities.

What you'll learn

The programme comprises 10 courses offered modularly over a 20-month period followed by six months to complete the dissertation or research paper. Each course runs for eight weeks.

  • Course 1: World Development Today 
  • Course 2: Introduction to ICT4D
  • Course 3: Development Discourse
  • Course 4: Project Planning and Management
  • Course 5: Critical Thinking and decision-making
  • Course 6: International Human Rights
  • Course 7: International Relations, Intervention, and Aid 
  • Course 8: Gender, Women, and Development 
  • Course 9: Environment and Sustainable Development 
  • Course 10: Research Methodology 
  • Dissertation (for MA) or Research Paper (for PG Diploma)

Target students

We have design the programme for people working in a wide range of development organizations both within developing economies and internationally. The programme is also open to recent graduates of social sciences intending to advance their professional career to promote sustainable social, economic and environmental prosperity worldwide.

Career Prospects

The International Development programme opens doors for graduates to a wide range of development-related fields including policy, research and practice both locally and internationally. We will prepare the students for employment in specialist positions with Public Authorities, International Development agencies, NGOs, Charities, Consultancies, Project Management, Education and Human Resources among others. Graduates also enroll in PhD programmes and some to further continue into academic careers.

The programme prepares our students to leap into a high impact career and work towards a sustainable future.

Meet the tutors

"VUU has equipped me with the knowledge and skills to be an all-around manager in the health sector"
Leonard Were
Executive MBA


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