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MA Globalisation, Business & Development

Business can make a majOr contribution to global development

Key information

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.

World-leaders in development studies

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.

Who is the degree for?

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:

  • What are the impacts of globalisation, both locally and regionally?
  • What can be done to successfully manage the potential outcomes of these impacts?
  • What strategies can countries employ to effectively engage in the global economy?
  • How do businesses and policymakers approach issues affecting private sector development and economic growth?
  • How can I identify the policies needed to promote private sector growth?
  • How can I engage with policymakers in both the private and public sectors?

Course content and structure

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.

This masters degree and being at IDS was one of the most mentally stimulating experiences of my life. Each seminar and class pushed the boundaries of my experience and biases, to ask more questions, to investigate further and to make judgement after a critical evaluation of arguments. IDS is hub of knowledge creation and collaboration.
- Janet Adekunle, MA Globalisation, Business and Development
The MA in Globalisation, Business and Development broadened and challenged my thinking about the development realm in which I have been operating. IDS faculty are not only researchers but practitioners whose global professional experiences provide topical, real-world perspectives.
- Thandiwe Moyana-Munzara, MA Globalisation, Business and Development
I have been extremely impressed by the MA Globalisation, Business and Development: it is a very strong programme academically, with excellent core modules and a very wide and interesting selection of optional modules. Course materials are high quality and the topics and issues covered are at the forefront of the discipline. The students are producing some excellent and in some cases outstanding work. The teaching team should be commended for the quality of teaching materials and also for the consistently high-quality feedback provided to students on their coursework. All in all it is an excellent programme, one of the clear leaders in its field.
- External examiner for MA Globalisation, Business and Development

Key information

Full time duration
One year
Part time duration
Two years
Home fees (UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands & Isle of Man)
Overseas (including EU)

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