International Development Postgraduate Courses

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a global research and learning organisation for equitable and sustainable change.

Ranked first in the world for development studies

In partnership with the University of Sussex, IDS is ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS University Rankings. 

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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