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Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice

Programme Convenor: Mr Colin Poulton

Beyond 2015 – the end point for the Millennium Development Goals – reducing or eradicating extreme poverty remain central international development goals and national and NGO development activities and objectives. In 2013 the World Bank Group announced goals to end extreme poverty at the global level by 2030 and to promote what it calls “shared prosperity”.

Recent achievements in poverty reduction have varied widely across and within countries, regions, and social groups, permitting lessons to be learned regarding the policies and conditions conducive to poverty reduction.

With a focus on rural areas which, despite growing urbanisation, continue to be home to the majority of the world’s poorest people, this programme examines the complex nature of poverty, its causes, and the processes of poverty reduction.

Modules within the programme draw on a range of disciplines relevant to the challenges of poverty reduction, including economics, political economy, social development, management, natural resources management and law. You will complete core modules and choose elective modules that you find of greatest professional, academic or personal interest.

Programme aims

The programme aims to equip students with a multi-disciplinary skill set to analyse and address the poverty reduction challenges of this millennium. A number of modules have significant economics content. Depending on the options chosen, other disciplines drawn upon may include management theory, environmental science, political economy or law.

The programme will give students the opportunity to develop

  • a critical, inter-disciplinary, integrative and global perspective on poverty reduction issues
  • a theoretical approach to intellectual enquiry of poverty reduction issues, which nevertheless emphasises the integration of theory and practice
  • a broad understanding of ideas and approaches for managing organisations within their cultural, political, technological, social, and institutional contexts, to solve problems related to poverty reduction
  • practical issue-oriented research skills, drawing on knowledge and understanding developed in their studies

Programme structure

QualificationNumber of modulesDuration
 CoreElectiveResearchTotal 
MSc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice34*29Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGDip in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice3 or 44 or 5*† 8Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGCert in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice31** 4Minimum of 1 year and maximum registration of 5 years

*At least 3 from one specialism, plus free choice from all specialisms

** One free choice from all programme specialisms

† Can also include the Research Methods module