Why study at IDS

Learning support and resources

Learning at IDS combines lectures, classes of varying size (some are 15-30, some are 40-60 students), smaller seminars, tutorials and supervision. You can also attend a wide range of lunchtime talks and lectures and develop your professional skills through workshops on critical reading and writing, multi-cultural team work, participatory methods, research communication and policy engagement, research techniques and presentation skills.

Library and academic facilities

Our study facilities provide the perfect environment for you to study, conduct research and develop academic and professional skills.

Students studying in the library at the University of Sussex

The University of Sussex campus library provides access to:

  • 750,000 books and e-books
  • 38,000 online journals
  • databases for research
  • online subject guides
  • digital archives.

As well as the main library, you’ll have access to the British Library for Development Studies (BLDS) collection, Europe’s most comprehensive research archive on economic and social change in developing countries.

Choose from quiet, silent or group study spaces and benefit from wi-fi in all areas. You can also buy academic textbooks from the IDS bookshop and University bookshop.

If you are a PhD student, you have access to specialist study facilities including our dedicated study area, as well as one-to-one support sessions tailored to your research interests.

Student and learning support

You’ll benefit from being part of the wider University of Sussex community with all that it offers including sports facilities, housing support and provision, IT facilities, the student union, social activities, the careers centre and student support services.

You might also be interested in these pages on the University of Sussex website: