International Development


Studying International Development at Sussex gives you a pathway into a number of development-focused organisations, but you will also gain a range of skills and knowledge to both find what you want to do in the world and help you get there.

"After graduation, I worked for a Korean NGO in Tanzania and Kenya. Working in the field was both challenging and stimulating, and though at times difficult, gave me invaluable experience for my current post as Assistant Programme Officer with the UN High Commission for Refugees in Sudan. Without Sussex, I don't think I would have made it to the position I am now in."

Won-Na Cha
Social Development MA

Gain skills for your future career

A degree in International Development from Sussex, gives you:

  • analytical skills and the ability to engage with, and research, topics critically
  • training in the practical techniques and skills used by development, sustainability and social systems researchers
  • competence and confidence in engaging with and presenting complex ideas
  • skills to engage ethically and empathetically, learning to listen and develop cultural competencies, to connect with others and to communicate effectively

Career journeys from previous International Development students

Our students have gone into a range of roles in the UK and overseas, including:

  • technical director for Sky News in London
  • consultant and project manager for DFS Deutsche Forstservice GmbH in Munich, Germany
  • programme associate for a joint programme between the United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • co-ordinating the drafting of biodiversity law for the Ministry of the Environment in Tokyo, Japan
  • independent consultant in sustainable agriculture in the UK
  • intern for an organisation involved in biodiversity conservation in Vietnam
  • volunteer for an environmental NGO in Curitiba, Brazil
  • working on bilateral projects for GFA Consulting in Berlin, Germany 
  • doctoral researcher on private conservation in Brazil after securing ESRC funding. 

To learn more about career prospects for Global Studies students visit our careers page here.