Master; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton The global economy has experienced unprecedented shifts in economic power from West to East, rapid technological transformation amid increasing turbulence and deep inequalities between and within countries. As globalisation evolves the private sector is emerging as a critical actor in development. Businesses are the driving force for the economy and can help to promote sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty. Understanding the key challenges of globalisation, the role of businesses in achieving sustainable development and how development agencies should engage with them are the key objectives of this MA programme.
Students will learn the analytical and practical skills needed to understand globalisation processes, the role of business in development and how policy makers and policy can interact with businesses to promote development. The programme will provide an insight into the ramifications of globalisation and the policies needed to positively manage these as well as an in-depth understanding of the relationship between business, development and economic growth.
The programme provides an innovative mix of teaching methods that combines conventional lectures and workshops as well as interactions with people from business, the public sector, NGOs and international organisations.
Applicants with experience or knowledge of private-sector engagement are welcome to apply. Type of recognition: IAC/EADI cluster accreditation;
Master; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton The MA Participation, Power and Social Change (MAP) is a unique programme providing experienced development workers and social activists with the opportunity to critically reflect on their practice and develop their knowledge and skills while continuing to work or volunteer for most of this period.
The MA combines academic study, practical experience and personal reflection. Students carry out an action research project related to their work, inquiring into the challenges of participation and power relations, reflecting on their actions and assumptions, and exploring what it means to facilitate change. Type of recognition: IAC/EADI cluster accreditation;
Master; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton What will future health and agricultural systems look like? Who will benefit from genetically modified crops or new vaccines? With climate change, will there be enough water for people to survive the twenty-first century? What are the implications of global pandemics of HIV/AIDS or bird flu? What does a global knowledge economy and society mean?
Focusing on such pressing practical and policy questions in health, environment and agriculture, this programme provides students with a solid grounding in development concepts and theories, in combination with an understanding of the politics and governance of scientific knowledge and policy processes. Through exploring a combination of theoretical and practical perspectives, the course asks how science and technology can contribute to poverty reduction, social justice and environmental sustainability in the developing world.
The programme, hosted by the IDS Knowledge, Technology and Society (KNOTS) Team, is linked to a new IDS-SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) research centre called Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS). Throughout the programme students work closely with individual supervisors from the KNOTS team, which encompasses a wide range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds, all with extensive experience in the developing world. Type of recognition: IAC/EADI cluster accreditation;
Master; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton it has been insecure and unstable for the world's poorest people for many years. This programme aims to provide you with a solid grounding in the concepts and theories and analytical and practical skills needed to engage critically in current debates on poverty and development issues from a cross-disciplinary perspective. You will gain an understanding of the main theories of development in their historical and contemporary context, with specialised knowledge of the treatment of poverty reduction within the development discourse. You will approach issues in poverty reduction and development with confidence through a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and inquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge. You will engage in an informed and critical way with other professionals from diverse social science backgrounds concerned with poverty reduction and development issues. You will use commonly applied research methods and skills, drawing on both qualitative and quantitative methods. Type of recognition: IAC/EADI cluster accreditation;
Master; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton Many development problems are attributed to 'bad governance', but what is 'good governance?' To what extent and in what ways does governance actually affect development, and how can the quality of governance be improved? This programme will explore such questions and equip you with the ability to critically assess competing theories of the role of the public sector in social and economic development; develop and implement policies for improving the effectiveness, accountability and legitimacy of governance in specific settings; and understand the significance of current governance processes for international and national institutions. The MA Governance and Development is intended for students who already have an understanding of debates on governance, it enhances their capacity to develop and implement policies in both public sector organisations and NGOs.
This programme is based around the work of IDS' dynamic Governance Team, which is actively engaged in policy-related research on a broad range of governance-related issues worldwide. Type of recognition: IAC/EADI cluster accreditation;
Master; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton IDS Research on gender goes beyond the narrow confines of many development projects, taking on issues such as political economy and conflict that have strong implications for development policy. Our groundbreaking work pushes the boundaries on many development projects and challenges normative ideas about gender with more nuanced, fluid perspectives on femininity masculinity women and men and the way they interact. This programme is one of the longest running and most popular programmes on gender and development. It brings together experts from a range of academic disciplines and policy experiences with extensive knowledge in research, consultancy and operational work across a range of social science disciplines.
This programme will give you in-depth knowledge and capacity for gender analysis of specific themes, such as reproductive health, rights, identity, environment and social protection; and the tools required to participate effectively in gender and development-related research, policy-making, and implementation. The programme is taught jointly by IDS and the School of Global Studies which is home to some of the world's leading thinkers on gender and development.
The programme provides a thorough grounding in policy and planning skills. Type of recognition: IAC/EADI cluster accreditation;
Master; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton This one year Masters (MA) course in Development Studies provides a solid grounding in international development concepts, theories and approaches. Students are equipped with the analytical and practical skills they need to engage critically in development issues and debates from a interdisciplinary perspective, and to work across broad areas of development policy, research and practice. Coming from diverse cultures and backgrounds and with a broad range of career histories, students who successfully complete the MA in Development Studies can expect to: - Understand the main development theories, concepts and debates in their historical and contemporary context, and apply this knowledge in their professional work - Engage in an informed and critical way, in particular with political science, economics, sociology and anthropology - Approach development problems with confidence and knowledge and have the ability to work collaboratively with others to identify solutions to global development challenges. Type of recognition: IAC/EADI cluster accreditation;
MSc; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. Emissions of greenhouse gases are directly influencing weather and climate, and unchecked will result in dangerous changes in the global climate. This has major implications for development, both in terms of transitioning to a low carbon global economy, and adapting to the impacts of climate change.
Climate change is already affecting the world's poorest and most vulnerable people, who often lack the robust systems and capacity needed to cope. While mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions is crucial to limiting impacts, substantial climate change is now inevitable and 'adaptation' is a central issue in development. Meeting these challenges requires qualified development professionals with expertise in the implications of climate change for contemporary development.
These specialists must understand both climate science and the complex, multi-dimensional scientific, socio-economic, technological, institutional and ethical dimensions of climate change mitigation and adaptation in a development context. The MSc in Climate Change and Development is a multidisciplinary course that aims to provide state-of-the-art training for future climate change and development professionals.
This programme is a joint programme offered by the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex together with IDS and the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU). All three institutes have agenda-setting reputations in interdisciplinary teaching and research of science, development, and policy. Type of recognition: IAC/EADI cluster accreditation;