Master's Degree Programme in Development and International Cooperation, Specialisation in Development Studies

Degree title:
Master of Social Sciences
Degree program type:
Master's Degree
120 cr
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019


The International Master’s Programme in Development and International Cooperation (D&IC) is a two-year, interdisciplinary 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) programme leading to an advanced university degree. The programme contains three specialisation options: Development Studies, Education, and Environmental Science. Successful completion of the programme with a specialization in Development Studies leads to a degree of Master of Social Science, a specialisation in Education leads to a degree of Master of Education, and a specialisation in Environmental Science leads to a degree of Master of Science. The programme comprises three semesters of on-campus studies. The fourth semester (usually Fall of the second year), is reserved for a compulsory international internship.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the programme will have acquired the intellectual tools and practical skills required to function creatively and effectively in both global and local development contexts. They will have gained an ability to identify the interests associated with various actors in concrete development arenas; to understand the range of resources and capacities available to competing and collaborating actors; to critically assess the aims expressed in development policy texts and documents; and to grasp the complex relationship between policy and reality.

Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will have the basic skills to identify a timely and relevant research topic; apply appropriate methodologies to the accumulation of pertinent research data; employ productive theoretical tools to the analysis of their data; and write a topical and accessible report on their findings.


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