International Development Postgraduate Courses

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for development research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex.

Ranked first in the world for development studies

The University of Sussex is currently ranked first in the world for development studies. The QS World Ranking reflects the strong reputation and quality of research and course offerings across campus, including by IDS.

Learning in a world-class research environment

IDS and Sussex are home to some of the world's leading thinkers on development, and those teaching on our masters degrees are all active in the field, working on high-level research programmes funded by major development agencies. 

Based near Brighton and within easy reach of London, you’ll join a diverse, global network that enriches the curriculum experience and provides lifelong professional networks and friendships.

We see teaching as an extension of our unique ‘engaged excellence’ approach - a way of working with individuals and organisations from across the globe who aspire to bring about progressive change.

It's the perfect preparation for your future career and life as a global citizen.

We currently offer eight specialist MA degrees and a vibrant PhD programme:

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Number one for development studies

Development studies at Sussex which includes IDS’ postgraduate research and teaching programmes, regains top spot in world ranking.
This is the QS ranking badge for 2018 for IDS and the University of Sussex.