As a result of studying the MPA International Development students will be able to:

  • Locate their professional experience within a broader understanding of the social, political and historical context of international development as a field of theory, policy and practice.
  • Analyse and influence policy processes that span multiple layers of governance, at transnational, national and sub-national levels, and involve networks of organisations from across the public, nongovernmental and private sectors.
  • Lead and manage development projects and programmes in contexts characterised by complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity.
  • Continue to develop as a reflective practitioner and to foster learning and development among colleagues and wider communities of practice throughout their future careers.
  • Assess the complex social, political, and economic factors shaping the development and diffusion of ICTs, and analyse their impact in their own organisational and personal context.

Study Details:

2 years, part time, online.

Module Details:

Compulsory modules

  • Social and Political Issues in Development
  • Governance and Public Administration
  • Policy Analysis and Process
  • Leading and Managing Organisational Change
  • Reflective Practice for Professional Development – part one (10 credits)
  • Reflective Practice for Professional Development – part two (10 credits)
  • Digital Government: Policy and Practice (10 credits)
  • Dissertation proposal (10 credits)

Optional modules (20 credits)

You will have opportunity to take 1 of these optional modules:

  • Globalisation and Social Policy
  • Public Service Reform: Economic and Political Perspectives
  • Project Management


The programme concludes with a 12,000 word Dissertation (40 credits)



Standard fee: £11,310

Entry Requirements

Academic background

A good second class (undergraduate) degree or equivalent qualification.  Applicants without undergraduate experience may also be considerd if they have sufficient professional background.

Professional experience
Experience is required in the public service field.  This includes roles in government at national and local level, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services.

English Language
If you are not from a majority English speaking country (as defined by the UK Home Office) you will need to show evidence that you meet the university English language requirement

Please see our website for how to apply

Visit Website Request Information Add to Compare List

Key Information

Please see our website for how to apply

Visit Website
Request Information
Add to Compare List

University Hub

University of York

More Information