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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Development Politics Development Economics

Course type

Taught

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.

World-leaders in development studies

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

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

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

Careers

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-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP-20

Modules

This module aims to provides you with a practical introduction to reseach methodologies and methods. The module will combine practical exercises with structured sessions that introduce different research paradigms and principles of research design, issues around qualitative and quantitative data collection and management, analysis and intepretation, and key debates around epistemology, methodology and ethics. 

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£18,500

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

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.