Programme overview

Development Studies

The Master is designed for those wishing to start or continue their professional careers in the area of development. In the MA programme you learn about the most recent theories and debates and you learn to apply this knowledge to practical issues of development and social change.

The programme tackles issues such as:

  • Human Rights, Gender Equality and Women and Gender Studies
  • Governance and Development Policy
  • Poverty
  • Food Politics
  • Migration and Diversity
  • Refugees and Migration
  • Agrarian and Environmental studies
  • Economics of Development
  • Social Policy for Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Econometric Analysis of Development Policies
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Local Development Strategies
  • The Global Economy, Public Policy and Management

Education objectives

Graduates will be able to understand processes of social development and change and how such processes at various levels (from local to global) interact. They will be able to present a critical overview of major issues, theories, debates and strategic interventions in the field of Development Studies.


Please see below for information about the Majors within this Master programme. Whether a major is offered full-time or part-time*, is indicated accordingly.

*Please contact the ISS student office at for more information about part-time study.

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