MA, Development Studies

 In UK


Institute of Development Studies founded in 1966, IDS is a leading global organisation for research, teaching and communications on international development. By studying at IDS you will benefit from:

  • research-led teaching on our degrees, drawing on the expertise of IDS Fellows and researchers renowned for their academic excellence in international development
  • a close-knit and supportive learning environment that allows you to develop your own specialism within development studies
  • IDS’s distinct theoretical perspectives on communication and influencing and their contribution to social change
  • IDS being ranked 1st university-affiliated think tank in the UK and 3rd in the world (University of Pennsylvania: Global Go To Think Tanks Report 2012)
  • being part of the IDS Alumni Professional International Development Network with over 2,000 members in 114 countries
  • our strong working relationships with many collaborators and partner organisations around the world.

Course typeapplynow

1 year full time/2 years part time

Course outline

Autumn term: you take Ideas in Development and Policy, Evidence and Practice, and two from Empowering Society • Introduction to Development Economics • Sociology, Anthropology and the Development Conundrum.

Overseas qualifications

Four-year bachelor degree, normally with a GPA of at least 3.3

English language requirements

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


Overseas students: £13,750 per year.

Career path

Our graduates work in government departments and ministries of foreign affairs, as well as the UN’s UNICEF, UNDP, FAO and the WFP. They apply their expertise to academic research in universities and institutes like the Women’s Research Institute, Educational Trust Malawi, and the British Institute of Human Rights.


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