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MA Globalisation, Business and Development

MA Globalisation, Business and Development

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

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1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Business Development Globalisation

Course type


Course Summary

We believe that business plays a significant role in providing solutions to the many local, national and global developmental challenges we face today, particularly during the age of globalisation. In this Masters in Globalisation and International Development based at IDS, you will examine the key elements of business operations and its growing relevance to international development.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of economic power shifts and rapid technological transformation amid global inequalities. You’re equipped with the analytical and practical skills needed to understand globalisation processes and their drivers, and to participate in the formulation of policies for sustainable development.

Who is the degree for?

We welcome applicants with a broad range of career trajectories. Successful applicants will have some practical experience in development alongside an interest in critical academic enquiry. Many of our students are private sector consultants, business analysts, NGO staff, policy or research officers, civil servants, or other development professionals. Whatever your background, you will want to gain a deeper understanding of globalisation and the relationship between business and international development and will be asking questions such as:

  • What are the impacts of globalisation, both locally and regionally?
  • What can be done to successfully manage the potential outcomes of these impacts?
  • What strategies can countries employ to effectively engage in the global economy?
  • How do businesses and policymakers approach issues affect private sector development and economic growth?
  • How can I identify the policies needed to promote private sector growth?
  • How can I engage with policymakers in both the private and public sectors?

Assessment criteria

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

Career opportunities

Our graduates are well prepared for PhD research and careers in a wide range of organisations including:

  • bilateral agencies such as the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • international organisations such as UNIDO, UNCTAD, ILO
  • development banks

Careers in the private sector and in corporate social responsibility and social enterprises, as well as in NGOs and the media are also open to our graduates.


This module belongs to autumn term. This module provides an overview of past and current trends of globalisation with emphasis on its main drivers, which can be understood as old and new sources of global dynamism, turbulence and change. It brings the perspective of the rising developing powers and it discusses the various consequences of globalisation. It also discusses the set of policies that are required in different areas, such as international trade or finance, to manage and integrate business in the global economy and achieve a more positive outcome from globalisation.

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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 business or development-related work experience. Applications must be accompanied by a CV and detailed two-page personal statement, explaining why you are applying for the degree and the relevance of your previous experience.