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Study the twin challenges of the transition to a low-carbon economy and adaptation to climate risks, and how they influence global and regional development. Read more
Study the twin challenges of the transition to a low-carbon economy and adaptation to climate risks, and how they influence global and regional development.

This course (for non-specialists in the climate field) explores the multiple and interconnected dimensions of science and technology, and the economics, politics and policy of development.

There is an emphasis on understanding the implications of climate change and climate policies for equity between, and within, countries. You gain specialist knowledge of the earth system and climate impacts, for example on water, food and ecosystem services.

You gain practical experience of the methods, techniques and approaches used in the profession, including the financial and regulatory aspects of carbon management and climate risk management.

How will I study?

You learn through modules and options. Research methods and professional skills training prepare you for further research and a professional career, and includes training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

In the summer term, you undertake supervised work on a 10,000-word dissertation and receive additional bespoke research methods training.

Placements

We offer dissertation placements with a number of NGOs and help you find a 12-week study placement for the summer term and vacation.

Scholarships

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

Careers

There is a rapidly expanding market for climate professionals. This course prepares you for employment in a wide range of government, non-government and academic organisations, as well as private companies in the areas of climate change, development and energy policy.

Our graduates are very successful in finding employment and developing careers in the profession, including among others:
-International organisations and agencies (including the UN Environment Programme, The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank)
-Various NGOs (including the International Federation of the Red Cross, Renewable World, Action Against Hunger International)
-National government ministries and development agencies (including UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, DFID, GiZ)
-National environment agencies across the world
-A wide range of private-sector organisations (including energy utilities, the renewables sector, consultancy companies) and public-sector organisations (universities and not-for-profit organisations)

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Study the twin challenges of the transition to a low-carbon economy and adaptation to climate risks, and how they influence global and regional development. Read more
Study the twin challenges of the transition to a low-carbon economy and adaptation to climate risks, and how they influence global and regional development.

This course (for non-specialists in the climate field) explores the multiple and interconnected dimensions of science and technology, and the economics, politics and policy of development.

There is an emphasis on understanding the implications of climate change and climate policies for equity between, and within, countries. You gain specialist knowledge of the earth system and climate impacts, for example on water, food and ecosystem services.

You gain practical experience of the methods, techniques and approaches used in the profession, including the financial and regulatory aspects of carbon management and climate risk management.

How will I study?

You learn through modules and options. Research methods and professional skills training prepare you for further research and a professional career, and includes training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

In the summer term, you undertake supervised work on a 10,000-word dissertation and receive additional bespoke research methods training.

Placements

We offer dissertation placements with a number of NGOs and help you find a 12-week study placement for the summer term and vacation.

Scholarships

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

Careers

There is a rapidly expanding market for climate professionals. This course prepares you for employment in a wide range of government, non-government and academic organisations, as well as private companies in the areas of climate change, development and energy policy.

Our graduates are very successful in finding employment and developing careers in the profession, including among others:
-International organisations and agencies (including the UN Environment Programme, The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank)
-Various NGOs (including the International Federation of the Red Cross, Renewable World, Action Against Hunger International)
-National government ministries and development agencies (including UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, DFID, GiZ)
-National environment agencies across the world
-A wide range of private-sector organisations (including energy utilities, the renewables sector, consultancy companies) and public-sector organisations (universities and not-for-profit organisations)

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This MA gives you in-depth knowledge and capacity for gender analysis of specific themes such as. -Reproductive health. -Rights. -Identity. Read more
This MA gives you in-depth knowledge and capacity for gender analysis of specific themes such as:
-Reproductive health
-Rights
-Identity
-Environment
-Social protection

Our groundbreaking work challenges ideas about gender. We work with nuanced, fluid perspectives on gender and sex, and the ways they interact. You’ll gain the skills to participate effectively in gender- and development-related research and policy-making.

This course is jointly run by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the School of Global Studies.

Accreditation

This course is IAC/EADI accredited. Sussex is proud to be the first UK university to gain this accreditation.

The International Accreditation Council for Global Development Studies and Research wishes to influence proactively the process of quality assurance for global development studies and has developed a state-of-the-art accreditation system.

How will I study?

You will take core modules and options across the autumn and spring terms. In the summer, you will work on your dissertation.

Assessment is through term papers, coursework assignments, presentations, practical exercises and the final 10,000-word dissertation.

Scholarships

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

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 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

Careers

Our graduates become specialists and advisers in gender and human rights for governments worldwide – ­including ministries of foreign affairs in countries such as Azerbaijan and Indonesia. They work for the UN’s UNIFEM and USAID.

Some of our graduates also go on to teach gender studies in universities around the world.

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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. Read more
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
-Presentations
-Practical exercises
-A final 10,000-word dissertation.

For some modules there will be examinations.

Scholarships

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

Careers

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.

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Do you already have an understanding of governance? This course aims to enhance your capacity to develop and implement policies in both the public sector and NGOs. Read more
Do you already have an understanding of governance? This course aims to enhance your capacity to develop and implement policies in both the public sector and NGOs.

You’ll explore questions of:
-Good governance
-How governance affects development
-How the quality of governance can be improved

You’ll learn to critically assess competing theories in development. This will allow you to increase effectiveness, accountability and legitimacy of governance in specific settings.

Accreditation

This course is IAC/EADI accredited. Sussex is proud to be the first UK university to gain this accreditation.

The International Accreditation Council for Global Development Studies and Research wishes to influence proactively the process of quality assurance for global development studies and has developed a state-of-the-art accreditation system.

How will I study?

You’ll learn through core modules and options. There is also a research module to prepare you for your dissertation.

You’ll be assessed through:
-Term papers
-Coursework assignments
-Presentations
-Practical exercises
-The final dissertation

Some modules have examinations.

Scholarships

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

Careers

Our graduates go on to work as legal and policy advisors on governance and human rights for:
-Government ministries
-UN agencies
-The Refugee Council
-Bilateral and multilateral agencies such as the World Bank.

They work on citizen engagement in NGOs including:
-Afghan Aid
-Global Fund to fight AIDS
-Christian Aid.

They also work in academic research.

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Explore how people participate in society in pursuit of social justice. Designed for experienced practitioners, this MA combines coursework with work-based learning and action research. Read more
Explore how people participate in society in pursuit of social justice. Designed for experienced practitioners, this MA combines coursework with work-based learning and action research.

You’ll gain:
-Knowledge of different conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to participation
-An understanding of how to apply these approaches to development and governance challenges
-Practical skills in participatory process and research
-Abilities of critical thinking, analysis and reflective practice
-Personal development of values and attitudes useful in pursuing participatory approaches

At IDS, our work is part of a global research collaboration. We work to identify and implement alternative approaches to social change. You’ll learn how to respond to local situations, and bridge operational practice with research and policy change.

Accreditation

This course is IAC/EADI accredited. Sussex is proud to be the first UK university to gain this accreditation.

The International Accreditation Council for Global Development Studies and Research wishes to influence proactively the process of quality assurance for global development studies and has developed a state-of-the-art accreditation system.

How will I study?

You’ll learn through core modules and options. You’ll be assessed through:
-Assignments
-A learning plan
-Module participation
-Progress reports
-Portfolio items
-Presentations
-A 15,000-word synthesis paper

Scholarships

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

Careers

Our graduates work in:
-Conservation
-Agriculture
-Food
-Finance
-State ministries
-UN agencies such as UNESCO
-Government departments such as DFID
-NGOs including ActionAid

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Gain a solid grounding in the concepts and skills needed to engage in debates on poverty and development. You’ll become familiar with the main theories of development and poverty reduction in development. Read more
Gain a solid grounding in the concepts and skills needed to engage in debates on poverty and development. You’ll become familiar with the main theories of development and poverty reduction in development.

Through the interdisciplinary perspective at IDS, you approach these issues with confidence. You’ll gain a practical understanding of how techniques of research and inquiry create and interpret knowledge.

Accreditation

This course is IAC/EADI accredited. Sussex is proud to be the first UK university to gain this accreditation.

The International Accreditation Council for Global Development Studies and Research wishes to influence proactively the process of quality assurance for global development studies and has developed a state-of-the-art accreditation system.

How will I study?

You study a range of modules across the autumn and spring terms. In the spring and summer terms, you’ll take a research module to help you prepare for your dissertation. In the summer term, you work on your dissertation.

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

Some modules have examinations.

Scholarships

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

Careers

Our graduates go on to work for:
-The UN, including the Population Fund UNAIDS, ILO and UNFPA
-Government departments such as SIDA
-NGOs, including Korea Food for the Hungry (KFH)

Some also go on to work in academic research

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This MSc is for you if you’re interested in studying for a research degree in the social sciences, or want to learn about research methods. Read more
This MSc is for you if you’re interested in studying for a research degree in the social sciences, or want to learn about research methods.

You can take this course before starting a PhD (this is called 1+3 study). You can also take this course as a stand-alone degree if you wish to apply advanced research methodologies to an area of academic or policy interest without doing a PhD.

How will I study?

You study:
-The philosophical underpinnings of research
-Research design
-Research ethics
-Quantitative and qualitative methods

Options in advanced research methods give you the key skills for carrying out doctoral-level research, or research outside an academic setting, for example in public policy.

You also take a research option in your chosen field of study, involving independent reading, attendance at research seminars, and regular individual supervisions with a member of faculty. Taught modules are assessed by term papers or coursework portfolios. The research option is assessed by a 10,000-word dissertation.

Scholarships

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

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 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

Careers

This MSc gives you a broad-based knowledge of research methods and methodologies – basic training for those who wish to use social science research in their career.

Our graduates have gone on to work in social research, international development non-governmental organisations, international aid agencies and socially responsible businesses.

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