Why study at IDS

Life at IDS

Unique learning environment

Studying at IDS is a unique experience. Unlike in many universities, you’re surrounded by researchers in action, all working for equitable and sustainable change.

Our course convenors and instructors are all active researchers and aim to enhance the learning experience by bringing their applied knowledge and experiences of working in development, or ‘the field’, into the classroom.

Our degrees seek to foster mutual learning and critical thinking and inspire innovative approaches to complex development challenges.

Our global community

Currently we have students of over 60 nationalities studying at IDS. Students and alumni are members of the IDS community, a truly global network that enriches the curriculum experience and provides lifelong professional networks and friendships.

Inspiring location

Nine minutes from Brighton, an hour from London and nestled in the stunning South Downs National Park, our beautiful single-site campus exudes a unique combination of tranquillity and energy.

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Vibrant campus

We know your student experience doesn’t end when you leave the lecture theatre. Our campus offers a host of bars, restaurants, cafes, societies and events. We also have two sports centres, an on-campus chaplaincy, which caters for a range of denominations, and a Muslim Student Centre and a Muslim prayer facility. Find out more