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In partnership with the University of Sussex, IDS is ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS University Rankings. We offer a wide range of postgraduate degrees and professional development courses on critical development issues.

Masters Degrees

MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy

You'll study the twin challenges of transition to a low-carbon economy and adaptation to climate change, and how they influence global and regional development.

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MA Development Studies

Develop the analytical and practical skills required to address some of today's more pressing global challenges including inequality, sustainability and security. You'll acquire an understanding of the main debates in development, and engage in informed and critical ways with professionals from diverse backgrounds.

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MA Food and Development

You'll build your analytical and practical skills, improving your ability to engage critically with issues such as: food and nutrition security; sustainable food systems; value chains and corporate power; and agri-food technology and its contestations.

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MA Gender and Development

This is one of the longest running degrees on gender and development. You'll gain a solid understanding of debates in feminist thinking, and link them to gendered policy and programming. You'll enhance your capacity and indepth knowledge of specific issues such as: women's empowerment; political economy and the environment; masculinities and patriarchy.

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MA Globalisation, Business and Development

Examine the key elements of business operations and their growing relevance to international development. You’re equipped with the analytical and practical skills to understand globalisation processes and their drivers, and to participate in the formulation of policies for sustainable development.

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MA Governance, Development and Public Policy

Gain a theoretical and practical understanding of debates on political change and how public authority is created and exercised. You’ll build your critical and analytical skills, and improve your ability to develop and implement policies across state and non-state organisations.

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MA Power, Participation and Social Change

Explore the challenges of power relations, participation and citizen engagement, and what it means to facilitate change processes in pursuit of social justice. Designed for experienced practitioners and
social activists, the MA combines coursework with work-based learning and action research.

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MA Poverty and Development

Gain the knowledge and skills to engage professionally with the design, implementation and assessment of national and international efforts to reduce poverty. You’ll gain a sound understanding of the main theories of development and poverty reduction in development, and the concepts and skills needed to engage in debates on poverty and development.

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