MA Development and Emergency Practice

The MA Development and Emergency Practice (DEP) course provides a unique academic setting for the study of international development, conflict and peace building, disaster management, urbanisation, humanitarianism, human rights and designing in development/humanitarian contexts. With its emphasis on practice, the course offers students the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in the rapidly changing fields of development and emergencies.

The programme is targeted at those with, or seeking, careers in NGOs, bilateral or multilateral humanitarian, development and human rights agencies, or governmental, research and corporate organisations. Many graduates are able to secure senior positions. The course is an ideal platform for you to develop your career in, or move into, international development and humanitarian work or designing in development/emergency contexts.

Apart from a generic MA degree in development and emergencies, we also offer three sub-specialisations namely:

1) Human Rights, Development and Emergencies

2) Disasters, Risks, Shelter and Development

3) Conflict and Humanitarian Action

The MA DEP course and its sub-specialisations have a strong focus on practice. We welcome students to this post graduate course from all academic backgrounds, who have an interest in developing themselves as development and emergency professionals. Our programme offers a range of relevant modules as can be seen from our website. In addition to these modules, those with architecture/arts backgrounds have an opportunity to develop a design based project on a development or humanitarian issue of their choice.

Fee information

Home (UK) full time (2022/23): £9,900 (Masters); £8900 (Diploma); £4950 (Certificate)
Home (UK) part-time (2022/23): £4950
International/EU fulltime (2022/23): £15,900

How to register

The programme is open to candidates who fulfil at least one of the following conditions:

· hold a good honours degree in a relevant discipline such as development, anthropology, sociology, economics, law, human rights, geography, psychology and other social sciences, social work, arts, architecture, public health, public administration, construction, planning among others

- hold a relevant recognised diploma or professional qualification (eg in architecture, planning, environmental psychology, public health, nursing, social work, public administration)

- are in their final year of studying degree in any relevant discipline

- have substantial and proven field experience.

English language requirements:

- At least 6.5 in IELTS, with a minimum of 6.0 across all four components of the test.

You apply for this course through the Oxford Brookes website. Please follow this link –


You can attach your supporting documents with your application which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office.

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