Taught course

Governance and Development

University of Sussex · School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Entry requirements

You should have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in the social sciences or a related subject. And you should preferably have one year's development-related work experience, which can be made up of voluntary work and vacation-based activities.

Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and applicants must submit a detailed two-page personal statement, explaining why you are applying for the degree and the relevance of previous development related experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Governance course provides students with theoretical and practical understanding of debates on governance and political change, enhancing their capacity to develop and implement policies in NGOs and public organisations.

Foundational modules provide the theoretical frameworks and concepts for the other modules that are designed to apply these concepts to a wide range of development issues, with a focus on equipping students with the methodologies and tools to assess and critique different policy options.

The main objectives of the course are to enhance the ability of students to:

  • Critically assess competing theories of the role of State and non-State actors in social and economic development
  • Understand the significance of current globalisation processes for local, national, and international institutions
  • Develop policies for improving the effectiveness, accountability, and legitimacy of governance structures in specific settings

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section. Pearson's Test of English (Academic) 67 overall, with at least 62 in all four skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU £8,000 Non EU £15,100

There are a range of funding opportunities available for UK and non-UK students. Please visit the postgraduate study page where you can find out about funding for postgraduate study and about scholarships and bursaries.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Lisa Ross
+44 (0)1273 915854