University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Social Development

The programme addresses the increasing focus on social aspects of development in policy, planning and practice. Official donor agencies as well as governments and non-government organisatoins (NGOs) now see much of what they do as being concerned with social development, and many important concepts in development - such as the sustainable livelihoods approach, empowerment, participation, partnership and the rights-based approach to development - are rooted in the tradition of social development. Taught by active practitioners and research faculty within the School of Global Studies, this course provides you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to become a social development practitioner. If you have some experience in the field, it provides opportunities to expand and deepen your knowledge. We draw on a range of teaching methods, including interactive lectures, workshops and one-to-one supervision.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in the social or natural sciences. Applicants with other degrees or relevant practical work experience will also be considered. Students whose 1st language is not English require evidence of proficiency in the English language.

Course modules

Autumn term: Concepts of social development; theories of development and underdevelopment. Summer term (you choose two options): The Architecture of aid; critical debates in environment and development; refugees and development; globalisation and rural change; poverty and inequality in the global economy; activism for development and social justice; migration, inequality and social change; sexualities and development; women and human rights; fair trade, ethical business and new moral economies; the global governance of education and conflict; education policy, planning and development; society and economy in south Asia; knowledge, power and resistance; anthropology of childhood; cultural understandings of health and healing; transnational migration and diaspora. You also take the core research methods and professional skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. This module is delivered as a series of workshops, including one that prepares you for your dissertation. Over the summer you will undertake supervised work on a 10,000-word dissertation (or dissertation with placement).

Assessment methods

You are assessed by 5,000-word term papers, unseen exams, a research proposal and your dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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