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Why BCID in Bradford?


By choosing the Bradford Centre for International Development you will be choosing the only centre in Yorkshire specialising in International Development that has been at the forefront of knowledge transfer in this field from 1969.

Why is there so much poverty? How come some developing countries are able to continue to post double digit economic growth rates in spite of economic downturn in the global North? Why does economic growth not translate into lasting development? Have Millennium Development Goals been a success? What shall we replace them with after 2015? Why do corruption and institutional problems persist in some countries? How do we choose between different projects? What methods can we use for better project design and project monitoring? What can we do to build strong and resilient teams and develop institutional capacity of organisations? What is the role of leadership in public service organisations? If you are interested in questions such as these, you will really enjoy being on one of our Masters degrees.

Our suite of six Masters degrees has an excellent reputation worldwide- with the first MSc graduates completing their degree in 1980. Since then, we have been privileged to have our alumni in many senior positions across the world- including a former prime minister of an Asian middle income country, several cabinet ministers in at least three African countries, a chief economist of a development bank, a reputed consultant in project planning in all of the Caribbean, a Deputy Vice chancellor in Africa not to mention those currently in senior positions in international NGOs.

Though the postgraduate programme has a history of 33 years, there is constant innovation and development. For example, MPA our newest degree was introduced a year ago replacing the erstwhile MSc in public policy and programme management.

All our Masters' programmes encourage students to develop their learning skills, personal and transferable skills for communication, research and planning, and the knowledge and skills to become a reflective and critical practitioner.

94 per cent of a sample of our existing MA students agreed or strongly agreed with the statement:

“I will recommend this course to others who are thinking of studying for a masters degree in this field”

BCID PG Student survey- May 2013

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