International Development

Undergraduate study

Study at the number one ranked university in the world for Development Studies (QS World Universities Rankings by Subject 2024) and one of the longest-established centres of international development expertise and learn about key global challenges, such as poverty, inequality and climate change.

“Everybody on my course knows they are lucky to be here since Sussex is the best place in the world to be doing Development Studies.”

Rebecca Melody Lin, International Development BA

Key facts about International Development at Sussex
  • Our staff and students engage with key global issues to understand the structures of power and the mechanisms of change to achieve greater social and environmental justice.

  • We critically analyse colonial and institutional legacies, explore contemporary political, social, economic and environmental struggles and work towards alternative futures.

  • Our teaching and research are collaborative, opening up the university as a space for critical thinking and collaboration. As an ID student at Sussex, you will have the opportunity to engage with diverse work and resources on development, solidarity and justice from around the world and create your own learning journey to specialise your studies on the issues that matter most to you.

  • Expand your knowledge by studying abroad or going on an international work placement, where you immerse yourself in different cultures and communities, or by participating in our wide range of activities beyond the classroom. You can join the Sussex International Development Society, participate in student-organised seminars and film series, attend the weekly Sussex Development Lectures or volunteer at a local or international organisation.

  • We will equip you to engage confidently in the debates and spaces where development happens. You will develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to change the world for the better, whether you choose to become a policymaker, NGO worker, activist, or wherever you find yourself in your future career.