MA Participation, Power and Social Change at IDS: Linking practice, theory and reflection

The IDS MAP is a unique programme combining action-research and reflective practice with more traditional elements of a one-year postgraduate programme.  It is likely to be a small (~15 participants) course with excellent possibilities for sharing, learning and networking. Subject to university approval, the fees should be the same as for other IDS MA programmes, i.e. around £11,000. Feel free to contact Angela Dowman or myself if you need further information.

'This MA allows me to put theory into practice on a daily basis. I have experienced a paradigm shift in my career.' Tamara, USA, student 2008

IDS is actively recruiting now for the next intake of the MA in Participation, Power and Social Change at IDS (starting in October 2011). MAP is a unique 18-month programme providing experienced development workers and social activists with the opportunity to critically reflect on their practice and develop their knowledge and skills while continuing to work or volunteer for most of this period.
The course combines academic study, practical experience and personal reflection. Students carry out an action research project related to their work, inquiring into the challenges of participation and power relations, reflecting on their actions and assumptions, and exploring what it means to facilitate change.

Students come from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including community organisations, NGOs, social movements, governments, businesses and consultancies. They work on diverse issues such as agriculture, health, HIV-AIDS, natural resources, climate change, youth, gender, community development, governance, communication, planning, evaluation and policy-making, among others.

A core component of MAP is the 12-month period of work-based learning in which students examine issues in their own practice and use the findings to benefit their organisation. This is complemented by two intensive 10-week terms at IDS introducing key concepts, methods and tools for action research and analysis, and including group reflection, individual supervision and the opportunity to take a specialised course.

Entry requirements include 3-5 years of relevant work experience, an acceptable first degree or equivalent academic qualification, and English at a minimum grade 7 overall in IELTS test (or equivalent).

Thanks for spreading the word and let us know if you have any questions.

For further information:
Contact Programme Officer, Angela Dowman
Phone: +44 (0)1273 915644
E-mail: teaching[at]


Popular posts from this blog

Happy retirement Duncan Green!

Dear white middle class British women: Please don't send used bras (or anything, really) to Africa

Should I consider a PhD in International Development Studies?

61 authors, 39 chapters & 3 very happy editors! Our Handbook On Humanitarianism & Inequality is finally published!

Racism in the aid industry and international development-a curated collection