The Politics of Development

More than three quarters of the world’s population lives in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Politically complex and culturally rich, these regions contain the world’s fastest growing economies, and also its poorest communities.

This degree explores political systems and cultures across these regions, the arguments, histories and struggles towards economic development, and the ways these are affected by – and changing – global politics and economics.

The course is taught by regional experts based at the Centre for Global Politics and Development. There’s a strong emphasis on fieldwork: all students are given opportunities to conduct research in one of the regions, independently or through an attachment to a local university.

This course is designed for students who are fascinated by the world beyond the West, those interested in a career in international politics or development, or for those keen to pursue further research in one of these regions.


For the 2020-21 academic year, a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is available to one student from an eligible Commonwealth country applying to  the MA Politics of Development. The scholarship is offered as a full tuition fee reduction, a maintenance allowance, and travel to and from the UK at the beginning and end of your degree course. Apply for your course and the scholarship separately and be aware that the deadline for your scholarship application is 18 December 2019.

For details about the course and how to apply, please click here

or email Dr Ivica Petrikova.