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International Development Studies

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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International Development Studies focuses on countries in the global South, and the challenges they face while integrating in an increasingly globalised world.

International Development Studies focuses on global development issues. In an increasingly interconnected world, several cities and regions have successfully adjusted to the processes of economic globalisation and show high growth rates; simultaneously, processes of impoverishment and exclusion occur all over the world, both in the North and South.
Virtually everyone who wants to deal with international affairs or who would like to work internationally is confronted with issues such as poverty, equity, social justice and sustainability. During this programme you will look at these issues at multiple levels in both rural and urban contexts. The Master's programme in International Development Studies is an interdisciplinary programme in terms of content, its staff and the students participating in it. The programme provides you with a strong background in contemporary theories and debates in international development, as well as insights into more specific themes. You will have the opportunity to specialise in, for example:

* the role of education in development,
* economics,
* natural resources and environmental concerns,
* urbanisation and urban inequalities.


2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar

1st year

First semester
The programme (60 ECTS credits) starts with a comprehensive core course that discusses the theoretical foundations of International Development Studies, topical debates in the field of IDS and its applications in policy and practice. Furthermore, students follow a course in mixed methods & research methodology, preparing them for fieldwork in a developing country, and one elective course. Next to this, a one week intensive policy and practice seminar will acquaint students with the professional practice of International Cooperation.

Second semester
The second semester comprises of fieldwork and thesis writing, the latter supported by a number of thesis seminars. The written Master's thesis will be based on an independent research project undertaken in a developing country during a short period of fieldwork.
Fulfillment of all the requirements should take one year of full-time study. Students who have to complete a preparatory programme will need one and a half year.


All applicants are required to submit additional documents such as: proof of identity, CV, research questions and written work.

job perspective

Specific career examples from alumni of the International Development Studies programme are:

* Staff Officer at NWO (Dutch organisation for scientific research)
* Project member at Food First Coalition, United Kingdom
* Executive partner at Emic Research; Consultancy in East-West relations
* Lecturer and researcher on“Education in Conflict Areas”, University of Amsterdam
* Marketing Manager at D.light Design East Africa Ltd., Tanzania
* Junior Project Manager at VNG International (International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities)

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

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