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Course content

Businesses are the driving force for the economy – they can help promote sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty.

You’ll examine the key elements of business and international development and private-sector development.

We encourage independent thinking while providing the analytical and practical skills needed to understand globalisation processes. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of economic power shifts and rapid technological transformation amid global inequalities.

How will I study?

You study by taking a combination of taught modules in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer, you work on your supervised dissertation.

Teaching combines lectures and workshops with interactions with business, the public sector, NGOs and international organisations.

Assessment is primarily through:
-Term papers
-Coursework assignments
-Practical exercises
-A final 10,000-word dissertation.

For some modules there will be examinations.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


Our graduates pursue careers in a wide range of organisations including:
-Bilateral agencies such as the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
-International organisations such as UNIDO, UNCTAD, ILO
-Development banks

Graduates also follow careers in the private sector and in corporate social responsibility and social enterprises, as well as in NGOs and the media.

Visit the Globalisation, Business and Development - MA page on the University of Sussex website for more details!






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