Taught course

Globalisation, Business and Development

University of Sussex · Institute of Development Studies - IDS

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in the social sciences or a related discipline, and preferably two years' development-related work experience. Applicants with experience or knowledge of private-sector engagement are also welcome to apply. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed, two-page personal statement.

Months of entry


Course content

You are based in IDS.

The global economy is experiencing an unprecedented shift in economic power from West to East, rapid technological transformation amid increasing turbulence and deep in-equalities between and within countries. This MA provides an in-depth understanding of these issues through an innovative mix of teaching methods, combining conventional lectures and workshops as well as interactions with people from business, the public sector, NGOs and
international organisations.

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. This MA examines the key elements of business and international development and private-sector development.

The course encourages independent thinking while providing the analytical and practical skills needed to understand globalisation processes, the role of business in development and how policymakers can interact with the private sector to promote development and the reduction of poverty.


Assessment is primarily through term papers of 3,000-5,000 words, coursework assignments, presentations, practical exercises and, for some modules, examinations, as well as a final 10,000-word dissertation.

Additional entry information

Applicants with experience or knowledge of private-sector engagement are welcome to apply. The statement of interest and relevant work experience are important criteria for selection. In the statement of interest, clearly explain how your work experience and professional objectives align with the course content.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. As well as the information below, please see our modules list.

Autumn term:

  • Business as a Development Actor
  • Ideas in Development and Policy, Evidence and Practice
  • Managing Globalisation.

Spring term:

  • Competing in the Global Economy;

and two 15-credit modules from a range of options, which may include:

  • Aid and Poverty
  • Analysing Poverty, Vulnerability and Inequality
  • Climate Change and Development
  • Decentralisation and Local Government
  • Emerging Powers and International Development
  • Global Governance
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Management of Public Finance
  • Nutrition
  • Politics of Implementing Gender and Development
  • Poverty, Violence and Conflict
  • Reflective Practice and Social Change
  • Unruly Politics.

Spring and summer terms: you take the 15-credit module Introduction to Research to help you prepare for your dissertation.

Summer term: you work on your dissertation.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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