MA Poverty and Development

Poverty reduction is the ultimate measure of development effectiveness. This one-year MA course is designed to examine thinking, policy and practice on vulnerability and poverty. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to engage professionally with the design, implementation and assessment of national and international efforts to reduce poverty.

At the end of the course students will be able to approach issues in poverty reduction and development with confidence, having gained:

  • Knowledge of the main theories, concepts and debates of development in their historical and contemporary context with specialised knowledge on poverty reduction.
  • A practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge.
  • The ability to engage in an informed and critical way with other professionals from diverse social science backgrounds concerned with poverty reduction and development.
  • The ability to use commonly applied research methods and skills, drawing on both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Further information

IDS truly offers a world-class, rigorous and interdisciplinary training in Development Studies, with a focus on both teaching and research within an inter-disciplinary environment.”
Zuki Mqolomba MA Poverty and Development student 2010/11

A good honours degree in a social science discipline, and work experience in development-related work.

The minimum acceptable level of English language competence is grade 7 overall and not less than 6.5 in each section of the IELTS test (or equivalent).

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


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.

IDS truly offers a world-class, rigorous and interdisciplinary training in Development Studies

Course information

Fees: £13,750 (2014/15)
Start date: 17 September 2015
Based: University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
How to apply: Visit the University of Sussex website