Support and facilities

The University of Manchester has a reputation for supporting and caring for its students.

This tradition is maintained and all research, academic and professional courses are supported by a team of highly skilled administrative staff, providing an excellent support service to GDI courses and students alike. There are many advantages to undertaking your postgraduate studies in an institute of our size, with an excellent international reputation and decades of experience:

Renowned research

Benefit from a research-informed approach to teaching and learning which draws upon GDI’s internationally recognised research centres and activities.

Specialist study

A combination of core and optional modules allows you to tailor your studies to topics of professional concern or specialist interest, and your final dissertation enables in-depth focus on a particular topic relating to your specialism.

Flexible study

We offer a wide range of postgraduate degree courses tailored to the academic background and needs of our students.  Masters courses run for 12 months full-time or, in most cases, 24 months part-time commencing every September.

Learn in the field

Field visits in the UK or overseas play an important part in many of our postgraduate programmes.


GDI offers a scholarship scheme which is used to support a small number of exceptionally well-qualified applicants, whilst there are further funding opportunities from the School of Environment, Education and Development or directly from The University of Manchester.

Further study

The potential for high-performing study fellows to progress to our PhD programme.

A network of excellent support

GDI’s programme administration team are committed to ensuring you enjoy your time in Manchester, and have immediate access to friendly advice and any assistance you might need.

International support

The University offers a large number of support services specifically designed for international students, including international societies, orientation programmes and many other initiatives. Visit the international section of the University website for more information.

Global Development Institute Lecture Series

GDI boasts a successful ongoing seminar series designed to encourage a broader understanding of the field of international development.

GDI taught courses

View GDI postgraduate taught courses page for more information:

Student Enquiries:

If you are either a current or former postgraduate taught master’s student and have any queries please