University of Nottingham Malaysia

International Development Management MSc


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Qualification: MSc
Fees: Malaysian – RM45,970 per course, Non-Malaysian – RM52,570 per course
Mode: Full-time, 1 year, Part-time, 2 years
Intake: September and February
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

The MSc degree in International Development Management investigates the practical and theoretical issues around the promotion of international development. It provides the practical skills required for employment in the development sector, including how to design, implement and manage development projects.

International Development is the multidisciplinary study of how communities and states attain the economic, socio-political and other characteristics associated with development. This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:

  • develop a comprehensive multidisciplinary understanding of international development
  • examine the possibilities for development in a globalising world
  • understand the reasons for the persistence of global poverty and inequality and how current development paradigms contribute to poverty reduction and human development
  • apply development theory to enhance development practice at the grassroots
  • identify, design and implement appropriate interventions to improve development outcomes
This course is taught through evening classes at our Teaching Centre in central Kuala Lumpur and therefore appropriate for individuals living and working in the city. The degree is eligible for the University’s Developing Solutions Scholarship – see ‘scholarship page’ for further details.

Career prospects

The degree is open to applicants from any background. It equips you with the transferable skills required by most agencies working in the development sector, and therefore provides an excellent springboard if you wish to further or pursue your professional career in development agencies, aid and relief organisations, charities and NGOs, international organisations, local and national government, think-tanks, policy advice and lobbying.

Course structure

The course is delivered in English and is delivered in either full-time (12 months) or part-time formats. You will be required to complete 180 credit points of work over the period of your studies: 120 credit points of taught modules and a 60 credit point dissertation, based on your own original research.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A relevant second class honours degree (or international equivalent). Mature applicants without any standard entry requirements but are holders of approved professional qualifications equivalent to first degrees; or have gained prior learning or experience at an appropriate level may be considered.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)    

TOEFL (iBT): 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic): 62 (with no less than 55 in each element)

IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test


Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to International Development
  • Field Technologies
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Dissertation: International Development

Elective modules include:

  • Civil Society and Global Development
  • Global Political Economy
  • Development and Governance: Building Democracy in the Developing World
  • Global Perspectives on International Relations
  • The International Relations of South East Asia
  • Contemporary Diplomacy
  • War and Resistance in the Contemporary World
  • Politics by other means: Terrorism in Contemporary South and Southeast Asia
  • International Business
  • Modern Languages (currently French, German, Japanese, Korea, Mandarin, Spanish)



Applicants for the School’s postgraduate degrees may also apply for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholarship. Further information can be found on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences scholarships pages. 

Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship is now available for this programme!


School of Politics, History and International Relations
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000  
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