MSc International Development
Why did you choose to study at The University of Manchester?
I’m am originally from Nigeria. I chose to study at the University of Manchester because the Global Development Institute (GDI) has a broad range of specialists with expertise in international development and policy.
Why did you choose your particular course?
I chose the International Development course because at that time I had finished my bachelor’s in development studies and I wanted to expand my knowledge to be able to look at different perspectives on international development.
My Thesis was centred around “Development Aid: The erosion of public trust, transparency and accountability within NGOs”. My thesis examined the complexity of delivering effective and efficient development aid within the NGO sector. The study demonstrated that the NGO sector is inevitable from scandals and misconduct allegations. By identifying accountability and transparency frameworks, this research study explored the demise of public trust within NGOs following the scandals and misconduct allegations.
Has your qualification helped you in your career?
GDI qualification has partially helped my career; having MSc in International development boosted my chances of qualifying for the current fellowship; however I would say that having work experience and a GDI qualification hand in hand helped me advance in my career.
What is your best memory from your time at Manchester?
I enjoyed the variety of courses that GDI offered during for the Master’s course as well as the practical experience to go to Uganda to gain more experience of working on the ground in international development
Do you have any tips or advice for current or prospective students?
My advice would be although the main priority to is study; I would also suggesting gaining work experience either through volunteering or internships to boost one’s chances of gaining employment after graduation.