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MA in Globalisation, Business and Development

Course Description

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 MA 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, 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 MA 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.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

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 two 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: you take the 15-credit module Introduction to Research to help you prepare for your dissertation.

Summer term: you work on your dissertation.


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.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

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

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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. Applicants with experience or knowledge of private-sector engagement are also welcome to apply. Overseas entrance requirements: View Website

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