MA Development Studies

This one year Masters (MA) course in Development Studies provides a solid grounding in international development concepts, theories and approaches. Students are equipped with the analytical and practical skills they need to engage critically in development issues and debates from a interdisciplinary perspective, and to work across broad areas of development policy, research and practice.

A meeting of peer educators. They talk to groups of young people in Kenya about health and social issues, especially AIDS and HIV.

Coming from diverse cultures and backgrounds and with a broad range of career histories, students who successfully complete the MA in Development Studies can expect to:

  • Understand the main development theories, concepts and debates in their historical and contemporary context, and apply this knowledge in their professional work
  • Engage in an informed and critical way, in particular with political science, economics, sociology and anthropology
  • Approach development problems with confidence and knowledge and have the ability to work collaboratively with others to identify solutions to global development challenges.

Further information

“The MA was exactly what I was looking for. It gave me the opportunity to reflect on ‘development’ as a whole and to think seriously about where I wanted to take my career next. But it also enabled me to explore areas of specific interest to me.”
Elise Wach MA Development Studies student 2010/11

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

Applicants from developed countries should normally have acquired relevant experience in a developing country context.

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).

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.

It gave me the opportunity to reflect on ‘development’ as a whole and to think seriously about where I wanted to take my career next

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