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Institute of Development Studies

Institute of 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.

Through equitable and sustainable partnerships, we work with governments, philanthropic foundations, non-governmental organisations, academics and civil society to transform approaches to progressive social, political and economic change in ways that ultimately make a difference to people’s lives.

We have helped foster innovative new partnerships that have generated millions of dollars in additional tax revenues in Africa that can be reinvested in countries’ national development. We have worked to provide solutions to environmental problems that build on local people’s knowledge and practices. We have highlighted the role of local communities in bringing an end to deadly epidemics like the Ebola virus. We have nurtured hundreds of exceptional development leaders and champions including political leaders, country Ambassadors and government officials, civil society leaders and entrepreneurs.

Our reputation for research and international outlook is second to none and reflected in our performance in the latest QS World University Rankings where we are ranked first in the world for development studies, together with the University of Sussex. We are also ranked as the number one international development policy think-tank by the 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

Ranked first in the world for development studies
IDS is ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS University Rankings, together with the University of Sussex.

IDS degrees are delivered in partnership with the University of Sussex who support and accredit our teaching and learning programmes.

The QS University Rankings put Sussex top, above Harvard and Oxford. Sussex has now been best in the world for development studies for five out of the past six years.

Find out more about our rankings.

Make a difference to global transformations
IDS offers nine master’s degrees, three of which are offered jointly with the University of Sussex, a PhD by Research and a PhD by Published Works.

Students and researchers at IDS come from all over the globe and are united in their commitment to help solve real-world problems such as disease, climate change and conflict.

Our degrees are taught by some of the world’s leading development experts, many of whom are active in the field as researchers and practitioners and who bring this valuable experience of applied research into the classroom.

Studying at IDS triggers exciting career and further study opportunities in a range of development-related fields, including research, policy and practice.

Graduates have gone on to take up senior positions in global organisations such as the World Bank and the United Nations, and in leading civil society organisations, as well as become Ministers and officials in national governments across the world. 

What our students say
“Studying at IDS allowed me to get to the heart of where the action is for international development. It is a true hotspot for meeting like-minded intellectual thought leaders, gaining exposure to the prevalent sectorial trends and witnessing where the global development agenda is being critically discussed - in real-time! IDS was a true launching pad for my career in the sector.” – Mattia Barina, MA Development Studies

“Studying at IDS has been an amazing and utterly fulfilling experience. The people I have met here have changed my life and perspective on the world. Staff and fellows at IDS are welcoming and their support is incredible; they listen as much as they teach. IDS is a big family, and I feel blessed to be a part of it.” - Clara Calabuig Martíne, MA Governance, Development and Policy

IDS Postgraduate Degrees
MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
PhD in Development Studies by Published Works
PhD in Development Studies by Research
MA Development Studies
MA Food and Development
MA Gender and Development
MA Globalisation, Business and Development
MA Governance, Development and Public Policy
MA Poverty and Development
MA Power, Participation and Social Change
MSc Sustainable Development (online)

Contact details
NB - All applications to the Institute of Development Studies are made via the University of Sussex website.
Pre-application enquiries:
+44 (0)1273 876787
Post-application enquiries:
+44 (0)1273 877773
General enquiries
+44 (0)1273 606261
Institute of Development Studies
University of Sussex
Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Brighton, BN1 9RE, UK


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