Development Studies at Sussex ranked first in the world

30 April 2015

The QS University World Rankings have ranked University of Sussex number one in the top 100 universities in the world for development studies. The ranking reflects the academic reputation, quality, impact and range of international development research undertaken and courses offered across the Sussex campus including by the School of Global Studies, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and Centre for International Education (CIE) – as well as the Institute of Development Studies.

Screenshot from the QS University ranking website showing University of Sussex (which includes Institute of Development Studies) as number 1 for development studies.

First compiled in 2004, the QS World University Rankings currently consider over 3,000 institutions, rank more than 800, and are aimed at prospective students seeking to identify the world's leading schools in their chosen field of study. QS ranks the world's top universities in 36 individual subject areas, including development studies. QS's major global surveys of academics and employers, and research citations data from Scopus are used in order to compare universities’ performance in relation to a particular discipline.

IDS Director Melissa Leach said:

"We are delighted that development studies at Sussex has been ranked first in the world. Sussex has a long and rich tradition in this area, and of cross-campus collaboration in producing innovative and cutting edge research and attracting first-class students from across the globe. We must continue to seek to build on this success, particularly as we move into a post 2015 era in which development studies has a critical role to play in reframing global development as transformational change for everyone, everywhere."

Collaboration in development research and study at Sussex IDS works closely with partners across the Sussex Campus including those from the School of Global Studies and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), in relation to both research and teaching. The Institute is working closely with colleagues at the University of Sussex to produce high quality and high impact research that is focused on addressing some of the most pressing development challenges such as reducing inequality, accelerating sustainability and building safe and inclusive societies in a rapidly changing world. Both the STEPS Centre and the newly launched Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development are excellent examples of cross-campus collaborations which have a truly global reach.

Postgraduate study

IDS’ well known postgraduate teaching programme includes seven specialised MA courses and a PhD research degree, and is designed to equip students with the analytical and practical skills they need to engage critically in development issues, debates and professional practice from an interdisciplinary perspective.

In addition IDS offers a range of professional short courses and learning events. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in international development are also offered by the University of Sussex's School of Global Studies and SPRU, and IDS works closely with these institutions to enhance the student experience through collaborations around teaching and jointly organised events and seminars such as the Sussex Development Lecture series.