MA, Poverty and Development

 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:

  • Ideas in Development and Policy
  • Evidence and Practice
  • Poverty and Development
  • Disciplinary Perspectives
  • Poverty and Inequality.

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 go on to work for the UN including the Population Fund, UNAIDS, ILO and UNFPA. They work for government departments like SIDA, and NGOs including Korea Food for the Hungry (KFH). They also work in academic research.


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