Global Development Academy

Work-based placements

Find out about the advantages of undertaking a work-based placement, how to register for a placement and the experiences of previous participants.

Each year we invite graduate students studying taught MSc courses in international development to apply for 8-week work-based placements with local, national and internationally-based development organisations.


We are committed to ensuring the employability of our graduates and recognise the merit of both academic training and practical experience. As well developing your practical research skills, a work-based placement will also provide you with excellent research for your dissertation.


We offer a wide range of placements with partners across the world. You may also be eligible for funding, although this is not guaranteed.


Many of our former students have used their placement as a springboard for employment within the international development sector or further academic study in the field.

Read their testimonials, or watch videos of them talking about their experiences