Taught course

Governance and Development

University of Sussex · School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Entry requirements

You are normally expected to have a good honours degree, or hold some other qualification (e.g. of a professional body) that is recognised by the university as equivalent, and/or have some relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Many development problems are attributed to 'bad governance' but 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 globalisation 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.

Information for international students

You must provide evidence of an acceptable level of proficiency in the English language. An overall mark of 7.0 in IELTS with no component below 6.5 (or equivalent in other English language tests).

Fees and funding

There are a range of funding opportunities available for UK and non-UK students. Please visit the postgraduate study page www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/ 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
01273 606261
01273 621202