Business plays a significant role in shaping solutions to the many local, national and global developmental challenges we face today, particularly during the age of globalisation. In this Masters in Globalisation and International Development based at IDS, you will examine the key elements of business operations and its growing relevance to international development.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of economic power shifts and rapid technological transformation amid global inequalities. You’re equipped with the analytical and practical skills needed to understand globalisation processes and their drivers, and to participate in the formulation of policies for sustainable development.
The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) delivers world-class research, learning and teaching that transforms the knowledge, action and leadership needed for more equitable and sustainable development globally. IDS is ranked first in the world for development studies, in partnership with the University of Sussex.
We welcome applicants with a broad range of career trajectories. Successful applicants will have some practical experience in development alongside an interest in critical academic enquiry. Many of our students are private sector consultants, business analysts, NGO staff, policy or research officers, civil servants or other development professionals. Whatever your background, you will want to gain a deeper understanding of globalisation and the relationship between business and international development and will be asking questions such as:
The academic year commences in September. Three terms run as follows: autumn term (September to December), spring term (January to March) and summer term (April to June).
In the summer term you will research and write a 10,000 dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member.
Core modules are taken by all students doing the MA Globalisation, Business and Development. These modules give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.
Alongside your core modules, you can choose options during the spring term to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.
While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.
Research Design (core)
We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, we may need to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to Covid-19.