GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE FOR GLOBAL CHANGE

MA Globalisation and Development

The global economy has experienced unprecedented shifts in economic power from West to East and rapid technological transformation, amid increasing turbulence and deep inequalities between and within countries.

China - Loaded barges tied up on Suzhou Creek with the Pudong

As globalisation evolves, the private sector is emerging as a critical actor in development. Businesses are the driving force for the economy and can help to promote sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty. Understanding the key challenges of globalisation, the role of businesses in achieving sustainable development and how development agencies should engage with them, are the key objectives of this MA course.

This MA examines the key elements of business and international development and private sector development. The course emphasises the management of the main globalisation challenges, the micro interactions between business and development and the different strategies to enable countries to compete effectively in the global market.

The course encourages independent thinking while providing the analytical and practical skills needed to understand globalisation processes, the role of business in development and how policymakers can interact with the private sector to promote development and the reduction of poverty.

Who is it for?

If you are a student with relevant experience, a private sector consultant, business analyst, NGO desk officer, policy or research officer, civil servant or other development professional, this course will provide the grounding for you to progress your career in this area.

You will want to gain a deeper understanding of globalisation and the relationship
between business and international development and will be asking questions such as:

  1. What are the impacts of globalisation, both locally and regionally?
  2. What can be done to successfully manage the potential outcomes of these impacts?
  3. What strategies can countries employ in order to effectively engage in the global economy?
  4. How do businesses and policymakers approach the issues affecting private sector development and economic growth?
  5. How can I identify the policies needed to promote private sector growth?
  6. How can I engage with policymakers in both the private and public sectors?

Career Opportunities

This course has given our students the opportunity to work in a variety of international organisations and in a wide range of roles. Multilateral and bilateral organisations, the private sector, private consultancy firms and NGOs are all potential employers. Organisations that have previously employed MA Globalisation and Development graduates include:

  • African Development Bank
  • World Food Programme
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Technoserve
  • Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
  • Muslim Aid
  • Small States Network for International Development
  • Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre.

Some of our graduates have also continued their research as PhD students.

"I chose IDS because it offers a unique academic environment compared to other universities. It has a great working atmosphere and you feel part of a community that shares the belief that hard work and innovative thinking are key in the fight against poverty. Studying for this Masters has been one of the best decisions of my life!”
Alvaro Valverde, MA Globalisation and Development student

Further information

A good honours degree, and approximately two years’ work experience in business and/or development related work.

The minimum acceptable level of English language competence is grade 7 overall, and no less than 6.5 in each section of the IELTS test (or equivalent). The statement of interest and relevant work experience are important criteria for selection. In the statement of interest, please clearly explain how the applicant’s work experience and professional objectives align with the course content.

For entry in September 2014, fees are £13,750 for all students. For sources of funding please see the advice on funding on the University of Sussex website.

One scholarship is available for applicants from African members of the Commonwealth through a joint scheme between IDS and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Please contact IDS for further information.

a great working atmosphere and you feel part of a community that shares the belief that hard work and innovative thinking are key in the fight against poverty

Course information

Fees: £13,750
Start date: 19 September 2014
Based: University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
How to apply: Visit the University of Sussex website