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Sussex world number 1 for development studies

The University of Sussex has been ranked best in the world for development studies, by the QS World University Rankings 2017.

QS World ranking logoIt’s placed above Harvard University (2), the University of Oxford (3) and the University of Cambridge (4) in the index, which grades institutions based upon academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. This is the third consecutive year that the University has been ranked in the top two universities globally for development.

Ranked by subject area, the result reflects the quality, impact and range of international development research and courses offered across the Sussex campus. This includes the University of Sussex’s School of Global Studies and its partner the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), as well as SPRU and the Centre for International Education (CIE).

Sussex offers eight undergraduate and more than 30 Masters development-focused courses, including the University’s specialised MSc in Sustainable Development, based at SPRU. The course helps students to translate theories of social and technological innovation into effective development policies and practices to achieve genuinely sustainable development.

Professor Maria Savona, course convenor of the MSc in Sustainable Development, says:

The world today is faced with countless pressing challenges, from unemployment and increasing inequality to climate change. It has never been more essential to reignite and redirect economic growth, and the innovation needed for sustainable, inclusive development. As the convenor for the MSc in Sustainable Development, I am very proud that we’ve been ranked number 1 again this year: a recognition of SPRU’s place at the forefront of high-quality interdisciplinary and collaborative research and teaching.

Additionally, the STEPS Centre – which is co-hosted by SPRU and the Institute of Development Studies – provides an essential collaborative network for knowledge exchange, with specific focus on development studies, the natural sciences and science and technology policy. Informed by its collective work, the Centre has developed the STEPS Pathways Approach to Sustainability, innovating methodologies for thinking and action around emerging sustainability challenges associated with climate change, energy, pandemic disease, water scarcity, hunger, poverty and inequality.

SPRU offers a range of Masters and PhD courses spanning across development, science policy, innovation, technology, and project management. For more information on studying at SPRU, visit our postgraduate study webpages.

Further information

Read more about Masters and PhD study at SPRU

Read about the STEPS Centre and its work