Communication for Development MSc

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Communication for Development MSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      12 Months

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 7,545 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 16,045

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The University of Reading’s Communication for Development MSc teaches the skills you’ll need to use communication to support development and positive change of all kinds. It will look at the latest developments in communication technology, media and techniques. Moreover, it will show how these communication principles are a necessary part of any substantial development efforts.

    These skills are vitally needed by advisory services and extensions, organisations who specialise in reducing the risk of climate change, health offices of all kinds, and those that deal with agriculture, food insecurity and various inequalities.

    Students will develop a deep understanding of the theories and issues which surround international development in the context of innovation, change and communication. They will be able to address these topics both strategically and critically, and develop the skills they need to plan, design and manage knowledge interventions for the purpose of promoting positive change.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This is a 1 year program for most students, but can be taken on a part time basis over 2 years.

    The core curriculum of the University of Reading’s Communication for Development MSc includes:

    • Participatory Interventions in Development
    • Research & Study Skills for Independent Learning
    • Theories and Practices of Development
    • Concepts and Practices of Communication (thirty credits)
      • Communication and Innovation in Development
      • Principles of Communication Design for Development
    • Dissertation (sixty credits)

    In addition, students will select 50 credits of elective modules selected from a wide range of the University’s courses, not just the following list. The full list is quite extensive, and can be found here.

    • Market and Trade Analysis
    • Global Environmental Change and Development
    • Gender and Development
    • Food Security and Development
    • Appraisal of Agricultural and Rural Development Projects
    • Addressing Poverty and Inequality through Social Policy and Development
    • Personal and Professional Development for International Students (non-credited)

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Reading’s learning and teaching strategy incorporates 2 primary goals:

    • Providing the best possible student experience by supporting its diverse student population, providing co-curricular development activities and worthy aspirations, and
    • Constantly updating their curriculum to maximise student success and overall employability, including both student and professional feedback programs

    Career Possibilities

    This program prepares students for a career in International and Rural Development, Agricultural Economics, and a range of Marketing positions in food-chain related industries. Historically, more than 96% of Reading’s Communication for Development graduates were in work or higher studies within 6 months of graduation.

    Entry & Credit

    Entry Requirements for Uk and EU-Nationals:

    Applicants for the University of Reading’s Communication for Development program must have earned a first or second class undergraduate honours degree (or the non-UK equivalent).

     

    Entry Requiremnets for overseas (Non EU) students:

    You must have equivalent academic achievements to those required for UK and EU students. The different qualifications accepted by the University of Reading can be found here.

    In addition you must be able to show that you are fluent in written and spoken English. An IELTS level of no less than 6.5 overall and no individual section at less than 5.5, but other proofs are accepted. For more details, see here.

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