Global Development Studies

Global Development Studies

Master of science (2 year) Full time

Master student conducting field research in Nepal (Masters in International Development Studies)

Master student conducting field research in Nepal (Masters in International Development Studies)

Bishal Sitaula/Tribhuvan University

The program focuses on global social, political and economic change. The degree provides a critical understanding of the history and current dynamics of globalization, and its impact on societies and environments.

Application deadline:

April 20th
International applicants:
December 1st

Study start
Autumn 2021
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Phone:  67 23 01 11


The degree is organized as a full-time program over a 2-year period with 120 study points. All teaching is in English, minimum requirements regarding English qualifications must be met. The degree consists of a series of courses including a Master’s thesis (30 or 60 points).

Students are encouraged to write their thesis on the basis of research carried out in ‘field’ conditions in developing or developed countries.

The first year consists of course work covering development theory and policy, research methodology, poverty, plus a range of elective subjects. Students design an individual study plan for the degree during the first semester, with the thesis usually written in the final Spring semester.

Field courses, internships and practicum provide valuable practical experience and are offered as electives. Compulsory courses can be waived for students with a strong background in the subject.

The study programme Global Development Studies at NMBU is accredited by the European Association of Development Research and Training (EADI) - read more.

Job opportunities

Students find employment in a wide range of national and international institutions, government agencies, non-governmental development organizations, multilateral and bilateral aid organizations, businesses, research and teaching institutions.

Learning outcomes

The degree is distinguished by its combined use of research-based pedagogy and real-world study and practice as the foundation to understand what development means, and how it is practiced in a complex and changing global context.

Students will gain a solid grounding in the concepts, history, theory and practice of global development.

Students will learn about the conditions for human development at the local and global levels, and the relationships between development and ecological processes.

Admission requirements

Admission requires either a Bachelor degree, a Norwegian cand. mag. degree, or an equivalent background in one of the following fields: Social Sciences, Development Studies, Political Science, Education, Anthropology, Sociology, Resource Management or Economics.

Applicants must meet the university’s requirement for English language proficiency and include a 1-page (A4) motivation letter.

My master thesis involved 5 months of field research in rural Tanzania, which equipped me with the necessary field research experience and thematic pre-knowledge to qualify for my current job.

Linn Jaeckle, Social Protection Officer, UNICEF Malawi

Study structure

You will understand the connections and political and economic processes in the global North and South, and acquire the necessary analytical and practical skills to work in the field of international development.