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Governance, Development and Public Policy MA

Governance, Development and Public Policy 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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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Policy Studies Public Administration

Course type


Course Summary

This degree provides you with a theoretical and practical understanding of debates on political change and how public authority is created and exercised.

Based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), you’ll build your critical and analytical skills, and improve your ability to develop and implement policies across state and non-state organisations.


Our graduates are well prepared to go on to work in academic research, and as legal and policy advisers on governance and human rights for:

  • government ministries
  • UN agencies
  • bilateral and multilateral agencies, including international finance institutions
  • national and international NGOs
  • professional services networks.


This module is designed to help you implement and administer development programmes. You cover five main areas: models of bureaucracy and formal organisations; public-private boundaries and the relationship between public bureaucracies and society; New Public Management; human relations and neo-Weberian approaches to performance; performance and motivation; public sector reform. You learn how different approaches are required for different tasks and different contexts.

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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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 may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.