Taught course

Participation, Power and Social Change

University of Sussex · Institute of Development Studies - IDS

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in the social sciences or a related subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore how people engage with each other and with decision-makers in pursuit of social justice. Designed for experienced practitioners, this MA combines coursework with work-based learning and action research.

You’ll be based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS)and gain:

  • knowledge of different conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to participation
  • an understanding of how to apply these approaches to development and governance challenges
  • practical skills in participatory process and research
  • critical thinking, analysis and reflective practice abilities
  • personal development of values and attitudes useful in pursuing participatory approaches.

At IDS, our work is part of a global research collaboration. We work to identify and implement alternative approaches to social change. You learn to engage critically and constructively with change processes at various levels, using appropriate analysis, facilitation and research skills.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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