- The IDS offers a two year MA and PhD both in Development studies.The MA aims to produce pratictioners who can deal with creatively effectively with development problems.
- IDS builds capacity for the analysis of development issues through its MA and PHD programmes.
- It uses its seminar series, workshops and publications to communicate and get feedback on its research results.
- IDS also encourages intellectual exchange between its researchers and scholars and institutions elsewhere by undertaking collaborative research and welcoming research associates.
- Demand for the MA degree in development studies outstrips the existing delivery capacity by far. The current capacity is adequate for about 10 students per year, but the demand has been about three times that number per year. The issue here is whether and if so, how to increase the capacity in order to increase access to the degree. Additional mode of delivery, say the Parallel mode would also increase access. Distance education is another alternative.
- Demand also indicates the need to diversify the product. The strategic decision needed is whether and what additional products should be developed as a result of the high demand. Certificates and Diplomas are possible additions, preferably programmed to lead cumulatively to the MA degree.