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

Degree title
Master of Social Sciences
Degree programme
Master’s Degree Programme in Development and International Cooperation
Educational level
Master's Degree
Organization unit
Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Validity dates
Aug 01, 2017-Jul 31, 2020
120 credits
2 years
The language of instruction / of examination in the programme


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.

Degree structure

    Elective studies (20 cr)

    Elective studies shall support the degree programme and ensure that the minimum credit requirement is fulfilled. Elective studies can comprise courses in languages and communication, as well as studies related to working life skills. Courses given by other programmes and faculties can also be included.

    Select 20 credits