Professional Development Courses

We provide professional development short courses and training for those working within the international development sector including policy advisers, programme officers and managers, donors, humanitarian workers, communications and knowledge professionals and government officials.

IDS Professional Development Course

We offer courses on a range of critical development issues including nutrition, social protection, taxation, research uptake and policy engagement and development impact. All of which are delivered by leading experts in the field.

Our professional development courses reflect our ongoing commitment to mutual leaning and collaboration, and offer individuals and organisations:

  • A range of high quality and bespoke courses. 
  • A supportive and dynamic learning environment. 
  • An opportunity to become part of a global network of active and engaged partners working in national governments, and development and advocacy organisations.

Forthcoming courses

Development Economics for Non-Economists

15 Jan 2018 until 19 Jan 2018

This unique course offers a stimulating, interactive, and entertaining introduction to the world of development economics.

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Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

22 Jan 2018 until 26 Jan 2018

This course equips policymakers and practitioners with the knowledge and skills to more effectively integrate disaster risk reduction with adaptation to climate change, in the context of development and poverty reduction.

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Using Participatory Action Research to Improve Development Practice

22 Jan 2018 until 26 Jan 2018

This five-day course on Participatory Action Research (PAR) will provide participants with the conceptual and practical tools to design and carry out PAR. They will learn about a range of methods and develop their ideas into a detailed plan that they will be able to put into action on returning to their organisation.

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STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability 2018

14 May 2018 until 25 May 2018

Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues.

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Social Protection: policies, programmes and evidence

25 Jun 2018 until 28 Jun 2018

This course enables participants to expand their knowledge base of approaches to social protection, develop an understanding of the challenges in designing and implementing social protection programmes, and critically assess current evidence of what works in social protection.

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A portfolio of MA courses including Development Studies and a range of specialised courses.