International Development

Why International Development at Sussex?

Study in a department ranked first in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022). You’ll learn from leading academics who are committed to social justice and challenging global inequality, marginalization and exclusion. At Sussex, we support you every step of the way – from succeeding in the classroom to gaining practical experience for your future career.

Hear from former staff and students about what it is like to study International Development at Sussex in the short video above.

We offer a range of International Development courses to suit you

Undergraduate study

If you do an undergraduate International Development course at Sussex, you can focus exclusively on International Development, or combine International Development with subjects including Geography, International Relations, Anthropology, Economics or Sociology. 

See our undergraduate International Development courses

Postgraduate study

If you are a postgraduate student, we offer both Masters courses and PhD degrees. Our courses can be studied part-time, allowing you to fit your studies around your work and life commitments.

See our postgraduate International Development courses

We prepare you for your future career

Our courses help to prepare you for jobs in development work in agencies, such as:

  • the Department for International Development (DFID)
  • UN organisations
  • international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including Oxfam or Amnesty International
  • charities
  • government agencies
  • community work.

Find out more about careers for undergraduate students

Find out more about careers for postgraduate students 

We have world-leading researchers who teach and support you

Our undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes bring together leading researchers from several disciplines, including anthropology, geography, international relations, economics, sociology and history.

We also have research and postgraduate teaching links with: