What will I learn?

Poverty reduction is the ultimate measure of development effectiveness. Gain the knowledge and skills to engage professionally with the design, implementation and assessment of national and international efforts to reduce poverty.

Through an interdisciplinary lens, you’ll gain a sound understanding of the main theories of development and poverty reduction in development, and a solid grounding in the concepts and skills needed to engage in debates on poverty and development.

Who is the degree for?

We welcome applicants with a broad range of career trajectories. Successful applicants will have some practical experience in development alongside an interest in critical academic enquiry. Most MA Poverty and Development students are experienced professionals, having worked in government, NGOs, bilateral and multilateral donor and lending agencies, UN programmes, the private sector, or civil society organisations. Many students join the course after a period of voluntary work or an internship.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through term papers, coursework assignments, presentations, exams, practical exercises, and a 10,000 word dissertation.

Careers

IDS postgraduates have gone on to work as ministers in national governments, high-level officials in development organisations, civil servants, leaders of civil society organisations and high profile academics at universities across the world.

They are all working to define and solve some of the most pressing global challenges. Some also go on to work in academic research.

Graduate destinations

Recent IDS students have gone on to jobs including:

  • assistant to child protection, UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)
  • monitoring and evaluation specialist, Aga Khan Foundation Canada
  • consultant, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Some of our graduates have also continued their research as PhD students.

Which department am I in?

Development

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,500.00 (US$ 25,463) per year
Fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Institute of Development Studies

Library Road,

Brighton,

Brighton and Hove,

BN1 9RE, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Successful applicants will have a first or upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree in the social sciences or a related subject, and preferably one year of policy or development-related work experience. Applications must be accompanied by a CV and detailed two-page personal statement, explaining why you are applying for the degree and the relevance of your previous experience. The minimum requirement is, for example: an IELTS grade of 7.0 overall and no less than 6.5 in each section of the IELTS test; TOEFL 95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.
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