Taught course

Poverty 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 of development-related work experience. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed, two-page personal statement

Months of entry


Course content

You are based in IDS.

The experience of the financial crisis has sharpened our sense that we live in a time of increasing insecurity and instability. But life has been insecure and unstable for the world’s poorest people for many years. This course 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 an interdisciplinary perspective.

You 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 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 engage in an informed and critical way with other professionals from diverse social science backgrounds concerned with poverty reduction and development issues. You use commonly applied research methods and skills, drawing on both qualitative and quantitative methods.


Assessment is 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.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience.

Autumn term: Ideas in Development and Policy, Evidence and Practice • Poverty and Development: Disciplinary Perspectives • Poverty and Inequality.

Spring term: Poverty, Policy and Programmes 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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