About IDD

IDD's strength lies in the breadth of its interests and its position between the worlds of practice and ideas. 

Our research links with our policy advice, informs the education and training offered and contributes to academic and practitioner debates about international development policy and practice.

IDD hosts the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre.

Undergraduate study

New for 2020 entry, IDD is offering two BA degrees in International Development and Politics and International Relations and Development. Benefit from the extensive teaching, research and policy advice experience of our staff and interact with staff and students of the Political Science and International Studies department.

Gain experience through the Working in Development module, which includes a paid-for study visit to a low-income country. The degree programmes also include the option of taking the Professional Development module, with an appropriate workplace placement organised with the help of a dedicated team.

You will have the opportunity to take part in events and activities that will enhance your all-round knowledge and learning experience.

On our four-year Year Abroad programmes, you will undertake a year abroad between your second and fourth years at a partner HE institution. This will give you the opportunity to experience a different academic environment and way of teaching.


Postgraduate study

Study on-campus or via distance learning for a MSc degree with funding towards individual overseas fieldwork or a study visit included in fees (on-campus programmes)

IDD offers dedicated support in study and English language skills throughout the programmes, with an academic tutor providing yearlong support and encouragement. 


Our groundbreaking research is strongly impact-oriented, seeking to inform policy and practice through high quality research, as evidenced through our research grants and publications. Our research is clustered into six themes.

IDD has a vibrant community of postgraduate researchers, studying either full or part-time, on campus or via distance learning. It is also possible to be registered at two sites, in a split-site mode of study. The 4-year PhD with Integrated Study provides an extra year of study for research students, with that extra year used to receive research training and complete other modules that are relevant to a student’s research interests. Our research students are supported with regular supervision, research training, dedicated seminars and funding to support fieldwork and presentation at conferences.

Our staff

Find out more about our staff here.