IDS welcomes new intake of development studies students

Published on 13 September 2017

This September, IDS welcomes students from over forty countries to study one of our seven Masters (MA) courses in international development. For those students embarking on this journey, here is some key information:

Get social – online

IDS’ social media channels are a rich source of conversation amongst students, former-students, organisational partners, donors and many more; an apt representation of IDS’ vibrant and diverse global community.

With over 55,000 Twitter followers, 176,000 Facebook fans and a growing number on our new Instagram account, IDS social media channels share blogs, videos, news and job adverts, so they are good starting point for all students in development, not just IDS students.

IDS Publications

As part of IDS’ commitment to making knowledge available and relevant to those who can use it to bring about positive change, the majority of IDS publications and co-publications are freely available to download. You can access them through the IDS Publications page.

In addition, IDS Fellows contribute regularly to the flagship IDS journal, the IDS Bulletin (which is now a gold open access journal). The IDS Bulletin website hosts all Bulletin articles going back to 1968 and is a treasure trove of development theory and practice going back almost 50 years.

Extra-curricular seminars and lectures

IDS convenes over 100 seminars and lectures every year. Attending these events is a great way to stay abreast of the latest research and real-world issues, beyond the confines of course-work, as well as an opportunity to meet important influential thinkers in development and mingle with other students and academic staff.

The popular Sussex Development Lectures, which are delivered in with a focus on engaging development studies.

IDS Intranet

IDS students can catch up on a whole range of IDS news by visiting the IDS Intranet.They also automatically receive by email IDS Yellow Monday – our regular internal newsletter.


To find out about the latest events, news, publications and research, sign up to our e-alerts.

Stay in touch – join the Alumni Network

For many students, especially post-graduates, studying often leads to strong, new friendships, but with an international student-base, it’s easy for those friendships to wear thin over time and distance.

The IDS Alumni Network meets regularly both online (through Facebook, Twitter and the Alumni blog) and face-to-face, at in-country reunions organised with support from Alumni Ambassadors. As well as providing an opportunity to stay in touch, the network is useful for career development and progression.

IDS – a great social space and location

IDS is based at the University of Sussex which is situated in a national park. The campus has great restaurants, bars, two sports complexes and the renowed Attenborough Centre for Arts. IDS itself has its own bar and restuarant where various social activities regularly take place.

A few minutes away, by train or bus, is the seaside city of Brighton – a thriving place for music, arts, cinema and theatre.

And finally…

Enjoy your time here with us and we look forward to meeting you!

See studying at IDS for more information or contact [email protected]

Key contacts

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Linda Waldman

Director of Teaching and Learning


+44 (0)1273 915685