International Development

Postgraduate study

Study at the number one ranked university in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023) and one of the longest-established centres of international development expertise. Whether you're a Masters or PhD student, we have the learning resources and study support network to help you succeed at Sussex, and in your future career.

“Studying Development at Sussex honestly exceeded my expectations. I left with a whole range of new knowledge, skills, connections, experiences and opportunities. What I loved most was the freedom and encouragement to explore my own interests, alongside the course material. I am so glad to have studied at Sussex and would recommend this university to anyone!”

Montana Walcott, BA International Development (2021), MA Media Practice for Development and Social Change (2022)

Key facts about International Development at Sussex
  • Study in a department renowned for its cutting-edge research, high-profile research centres and focus on achieving greater social and environmental justice. We link development to other global issues such as migration, human rights, conflict and climate change. Find out more about our research.

  • Join a lively and enthusiastic community of postgraduate students, working alongside faculty engaged in world-leading research in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Read more about our faculty and research

  • Benefit from a programme of guest lectures, research seminars and other events covering a range of global political and development-related issues, as well as research placements with partner organisations around the world to expand your interests and networks. Hear more about student life at Sussex

  • Develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to change the world for the better and establish your future career. See where a postgraduate degree at Sussex could take you.

  • We offer English language and academic preparation for international students studying Masters courses. Find out more about our Pre-Masters for international students and Pre-Masters in International Relations and International Development.

  • Our MSc in Social Research Methods is specifically designed to provide 1+3 training for those intending to move directly from a Masters course to doctoral study in relevant disciplines and interdisciplinary areas. It can also be taken as a stand-alone one-year course