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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Development Politics Development Economics

Course type


Course Summary

This course will develop the analytical and practical skills required to address some of today’s most pressing global challenges including inequality, sustainability and security. Based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), you will learn how to approach development problems with creativity, confidence and the ability to work collaboratively. You will develop an understanding of the main debates in development, and engage in informed and critical ways with professionals from diverse backgrounds.

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.

Different course options

Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Following the submission date for Semester 2 coursework, you're required to undertake an individual project based on original research, which culminates in a ten thousand word dissertation. Most students will rely on secondary sources. Primary data collection (fieldwork) is not essential, although you may wish to conduct a short period of fieldwork during the summer. If you wish to undertake primary fieldwork, you will have to take one of three methods courses offered in Semester 2.

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

Students should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above; qualification should be in the social sciences or a related subject area; other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing will also be considered.