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Full time | Institute of Development Studies | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Development Politics Development Economics

Course type


Course Summary

Develop the analytical and practical skills required to address some of today’s most pressing global challenges including inequality, sustainability, and security with a Master’s in Development Studies.

Based at IDS, you’ll learn how to approach development problems with creativity, confidence, and the ability to work collaboratively.

You’ll develop an understanding of the main debates in development and engage in informed and critical ways with professionals from diverse backgrounds.

Who is the degree for?

A hallmark of this degree is the diversity of cultures, experience, and perspectives that our students bring. Successful applicants will have some practical experience in development alongside an interest in critical academic enquiry. We welcome applicants with a broad range of career trajectories.

Assessment criteria

You’ll be assessed through term papers, coursework assignments, presentations, exams, practical exercises, and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Career opportunities

IDS postgraduates have gone on to work as ministers in national governments, high-level officials in development organisations, civil servants, leaders of civil society organisations and high-profile academics at universities across the world. They are all working to define and solve some of the most pressing global challenges.

They also apply their expertise to academic research in universities and institutes such as:

  • the Women’s Research Institute
  • Educational Trust Malawi
  • the British Institute of Human Rights
  • Korea International Cooperation Agency
  • Greenpeace
  • United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization


Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Successful applicants will have a first or upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree in the social sciences or a related subject, and preferably one year of development-related work experience. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed two-page personal statement, explaining why you are applying for the degree and the relevance of your previous experience.