MA Participation, Power and Social Change

The MA in Participation, Power and Social Change (MAP) combines academic study, practical experience and personal reflection. Students explore the challenges of participation and power relations and what it means to facilitate change, and carry out an action research project related to their work.

IDS research around the theme of Participation, Power and Social Change is part of a global research collaboration that explores how people participate in society in pursuit of social justice. Citizens and their organisations, policymakers, development workers and researchers increasingly appreciate that standard recipes for managing the complexity of our inter-connected world have not worked.

Students come from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including community organisations, NGOs, social movements, governments, businesses and consultancies. They work on diverse issues such as agriculture, health, HIV-AIDS, natural resources, climate change, youth, gender, community development, governance, communication, planning, evaluation and policy-making, among others. A core component of MAP is the 4-month period of work-based learning in which students examine issues in their own practice and use the findings to benefit their organisation.

Further information

This MA allows me to put theory into practice on a daily basis. I have experienced a paradigm shift in my career.” 
Tamara, USA

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in the social sciences or a related discipline, and preferably two years' development-related work experience. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed, two page personal statement.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section. Pearson's Test of English (Academic) 67 overall, with at least 62 in all four skills.

For entry in September 2016, fees are £8,000 for Home UK/EU, Channel and Isle of Man students; £14,800 for Overseas 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.

Below is a list of IDS researchers who contribute to this course:

Course information

Fees per year: £8000 for UK/EU, £14,800 for Overseas students
Start date: 15 September 2016
Based: University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
How to apply: Visit the University of Sussex website