Global Studies / Human Rights (BA) + International Development (MA), University of Sussex

This unique program lets you start your undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Human Rights or Global Studies at Laurier with a conditional offer of admission to the Master of Arts (MA) in International Development program at the University of Sussex in the UK.

Study in a university ranked first in the world for development studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017-2023). You’ll learn from leading academics who are committed to social justice and global inequality, marginalization, and exclusion.

At both Sussex and Laurier, you will be supported every step of the way – from succeeding in the classroom to gaining practical experience for your future career.


About International Development at Sussex

  • You will be based in the School of Global Studies, an interdisciplinary research hub for development studies, renowned for its cutting-edge research and high-profile research centres.
  • You will work alongside faculty with expertise in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe.
  • You have the chance to go on research placements with Sussex partner organisations around the world.
  • You will benefit from a wide range of guest lectures and research seminars by academics and practitioners, as well as course-specific events, such as optional field trips in the UK or abroad.
  • You have the opportunity to connect with Sussex’s wide network of graduates in International Development, many of whom participate in respective career events.


2022 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies


Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*


students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2022

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)


Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or January (winter term) or May (spring term)     OUAC code: UDX (Human Rights); UGX (Global Studies)

Program Details

What is a BA + MA Program?

If you’re successful in your application to the BA + MA program you’ll receive two conditional offers of admission:

  • One to undergraduate studies: the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Global Studies or Human Rights at Laurier; and
  • One to graduate studies: the Master of Arts (MA) in International Development program at the University of Sussex.

This means that if you decide to continue your studies at the graduate level and meet the progression requirements for the program, you will receive a guaranteed offer of admission to Sussex because you’ve already received a conditional offer of admission. You will begin your master’s program after you graduate from your BA at Laurier.

Benefits of the BA + MA

Students accepted into the BA + MA program receive mentoring and skills development opportunities throughout their undergraduate degree that will help them achieve the admission requirements for the graduate program in the UK and help turn the conditional offer into an acceptance.

Program Options

Global Studies First-Year Required Courses

  • Introduction to Global Studies
  • Mapping Global Studies: Culture, Conflict, Development

Human Rights First-Year Required Courses

  • Humans Rights and Human Diversity
  • Human Rights Violations: Advocacy and Analysis

Global Studies Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Being Human in a Global Age
  • Peace and Conflict Transformation: An Introduction

Human Rights Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Understanding Public Policy for Issue Advocacy
  • Rights in Canada: Rights, Freedoms and the Charter

Sample Master's Courses (Sussex)

  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • Environment, Development and Policy
  • Food and Development
  • Gender, Violence and Conflict
  • Human Rights
  • Migration and Global Development
  • Migration and Refugee Studies
  • Climate Change, Development and Policy (MSc)
  • International Relations

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


"The teaching has been excellent. The nature of both the lectures and seminars is very much student focused, and debates and challenges are encouraged."

Will Hopson, University of Sussex graduate

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get set up for a meaningful career. Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What's yours?

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • executive director
  • assistant secretary of state
  • program officer
  • associate researcher
  • associate project officer
  • humanitarian program manager
  • policy officer

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo and Brantford Campus

The Waterloo campus is home to more than 17,700 undergraduate and graduate students. You're steps away from classes, residence, and campus amenities on this close-knit campus.

On the other hand, the Brantford campus is woven into the downtown core of the City of Brantford and is home to more than 3,000 students. With classrooms and study spaces close to great restaurants, shopping and hiking trails, you get the best of both worlds.

There are many ways to tour both of our campuses to help make your decision. The choice of where you study is up to you!

"Sussex gave me a vision of my career path and helped me set goals to achieve it. Once I finished my master's I worked at the House of Commons, developing my skills even further."

Kelly Barber, University of Sussex graduate

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