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Globalisation, Business and Development MA

Globalisation, Business and Development MA

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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Business Development Globalisation

Course type


Course Summary

We believe business plays a significant role in providing solutions to the many local, national, and global developmental challenges we face today - particularly in the age of globalisation.

Based at IDS, you will examine the key elements of business operations and their growing relevance to international development.

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


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.


On this course you will examine theory and evidence relating to the effects of business activity on development. By the end of the course, you will be able to critically assess the influence of business on poverty, global supply chains, gender inequality, labour standards, climate change, food and water security and other development concerns.

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in the social sciences or a related subject. You will also be considered for the course if you have experience or knowledge of private-sector engagement. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualification or experience of equivalent standing.