University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Globalisation and Development

The global economy is experiencing an unprecedented shift in economic power from West to East, rapid technological transformation amid increasing turbulence and deep in-equalities between and within countries. This course provides an in-depth understanding of these issues through an innovative mix of teaching methods, combining conventional lectures and workshops as well as interactions with people from business, the public sector, non-government organisations (NGOs) and international organisations. As globalisation evolves, the private sector is emerging as a critical actor in development. Businesses are the driving force for the economy and can help to promote sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty. This course examines the key elements of business and international development and private-sector development. The course encourages independent thinking while providing the analytical and practical skills needed to understand globalisation processes, the role of business in development and how policymakers can interact with the private sector to promote development and the reduction of poverty.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in the social sciences or a related discipline, and preferably 2 years' development-related work experience. Applicants with experience or knowledge of private-sector engagement are also welcome to apply. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed, 2-page personal statement.

Course modules

Autumn term: Business as a development actor; ideas in development and policy, evidence and practice; managing globalisation. Spring term: Competing in the Global Economy and 3 15-credit modules from: Action research and participatory methods; 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; law and development; management of public finance; nutrition; poverty, violence and conflict; qualitative and ethnographic research methods; qualitative and quantitative research methods; reflective practice and social change; sexuality, masculinity and development; unruly politics. Summer term: You work on your dissertation.

Assessment methods

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


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 877107