MA in Food and Development University of Sussex
Food is a cross-cutting development issue that concerns hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition, environment sustainability, power politics, social justice and cultural identity. It is about the global and the local, and the hard trade-offs that the globalisation era has brought about.
This MA draws on wide-ranging expertise of faculty at both IDS and School of Global Studies at Sussex (where you’ll be based).
You’ll gain an advanced understanding of the complex relationship between food and development. We build your analytical and practical skills, improving your ability to engage critically with issues such as:
- food and nutrition security
- sustainable food systems
- value chains and corporate power
- agri-food technology and its contestations.
We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we’ll let our students know as soon as possible.
Scholarships and Funding
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.
Full-time and part-time study
Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and personal life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.
For details about the part-time course, please contact us.
Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.
- Critical Debates in Development Theory
- Food Politics and Development
- Research Methods and Professional Skills
- Dissertation (Food and Development)
Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.
While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.
- Climate Change and Development
- Climate change: Impacts and Adaptation
- Competing in the Green Economy
- Fair Trade, Ethical Business & New Moral Economies
- Poverty, Vulnerability and the Global Economy
- Sustainability and Policy Processes: Issues in Agriculture, Environment and Health
- Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies)
1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022)
Program Tuition Fee
Throughout the course we focus on developing both your academic and practical skills – including analytical, writing and presentation skills. You’ll also gain a thorough understanding of social science research methods and gain independent research skills.
We expect our graduates to become specialists and advisers in food and development issues worldwide, working for:
- international development agencies
- civil-society organisations
- social movements engaged with food-related themes.
English Language Requirements
Certify your English proficiency with the Duolingo English Test! The DET is a convenient, fast, and affordable online English test accepted by over 4,000 universities (like this one) around the world.