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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. 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.

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a global research and learning organisation for equitable and sustainable change. In partnership with the University of Sussex, IDS is ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS University Rankings.


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 like:

  • The Women’s Research Institute
  • Educational Trust Malawi
  • The British Institute of Human Rights.

Graduate destinations

Recent IDS students have gone on to jobs including:

  • Aid effectiveness specialist, Korea International Cooperation Agency
  • Campaigner, Greenpeace
  • Consultant, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Different course options

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

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Ideas in Development and Policy, Evidence and Practice (10 Credits) - Core
Research Design (15 Credits) - Core
Economic Perspectives on Development OR Gender, Identity and Inclusion OR Political Economy Perspectives on Development OR Power and Social Perspectives on Development (30 Credits) - Core
Dissertation Development Studies (45 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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. The minimum requirement is, for example, an IELTS grade of 7.0 overall and no less than 6.5 in each section of the IELTS test.