University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Poverty and Development

This course aims to provide you with a solid grounding in the concepts and theories and analytical and practical skills needed to engage critically in current debates on poverty and development issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. You gain an understanding of the main theories of development in their historical and contemporary context, with specialised knowledge of the treatment of poverty reduction within the development discourse; you approach issues in poverty reduction and development with confidence through a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and inquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge; you engage in an informed and critical way with other professionals from diverse social science backgrounds concerned with poverty reduction and development issues; you use commonly applied research methods and skills, drawing on both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Entry requirements

A first or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in the social sciences or a related discipline, and preferably two years development-related work experience. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed, two-page personal statement.

Course modules

Autumn term: Ideas in development and policy, evidence and practice; poverty and development: disciplinary perspectives; poverty and inequality. Spring term: Poverty, policy and programmes and 2 15-credit modules from a range of options, which may include: Aid and poverty; analysing poverty, vulnerability and inequality; climate change and development; decentralisation and local government; emerging powers and international development; global governance; impact evaluation; management of public finance; nutrition; politics of implementing gender and development; poverty, violence and conflict; reflective practice and social change; unruly politics. Spring and summer terms: Introduction to research. Summer term: You work on your dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through term papers of 3,000-5,000 words; coursework assignments; presentations; practical exercises; for some modules, examinations; a final 10,000-word dissertation.


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