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International Development Studies

Universiteit Utrecht

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International Development Studies focuses on current development issues and teaches conceptual, theoretical, and empirical knowledge of trends and topics on the development agenda.

Over the past decade, the number of actors active in the development domain has multiplied. In addition to the traditional donors, new 'players' have entered the scene, including foundations and diaspora-organizations. Furthermore, individual migrants and socially-engaged entrepreneurs are acknowledging their responsibility for acting to benefit society at large, taking responsibility for the social and environmental impacts of production activities and/or consumption.

The multidisciplinary Master's programme in International Development Studies addresses the current development challenges and engages with these current, urgent and highly important issues. In particular, the programme focuses on topics surrounding migration/mobilities, climate change, land governance, urbanization and corporate social responsibility. Students are found in an international environment, with peers and staff from diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. A research-oriented internship abroad is a core component of the programme.


2018 Full-time Institutioneel € 10512 / jaar
2018 Full-time Internationaal € 15575 / jaar
2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar

1st year

During the second semester, students carry out a research project (in affiliation with an NGO/research institute) in the Global South, upon which they write a Master's thesis. This is the time when students can 'design their own programme' with the close supervision of a supervisor at IDS and conduct substantial, fieldwork-based individual research on a chosen topic. Students acquire skills and practice in the collection and analysis of data, report writing and presentation of the results. Upon completion of the fieldwork research, students are to write a Master's thesis based on the results.


The study International Development Studies in Utrecht offers a multi-disciplinary teaching and learning scheme that combines perspectives in Geography and related fields including Economics, Sociology, Political Sciences, Anthropology, Environmental/Sustainability Studies. It has over 40 years of experience in teaching and research in the field of Development Studies and a wealth of research and professional expertise in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.


This Master's programme is a one-year programme yielding 60 credits. The programme comprises four course modules, a research-oriented internship in the Global South, followed by a Master's thesis.

instruction modes

The programme is designed to equip the participants with all necessary theoretical and practical capabilities and hands-on skills to carry out policy analysis as well as problem-oriented research in a creative, effective and integrated way. An individually tailored introduction is included during which participants are able to remove minor deficiencies in their educational background.

job perspective

Following recent policy changes at national and international level, the number and size of organizations involved in international cooperation have increased considerably. Consequently, there is a growing need for professionals who are able to integrate elements from various disciplines into the analysis of complex development-related issues.


Prepares for careers in government, non-profit organizations, education and the private sector. Combines theoretical understanding with practical insights related to the development process, as it manifests itself in the countries of the so-called second and third worlds.

sustainable strengthening

The IDS Master students are trained in the knowledge, hands-on skills and attitudes necessary for functioning effectively both in a development and transition context in various types of employment for which international experience and the ability to support policy-formulation of development is important.

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60