International Development Studies

Master of Science in International Development Studies

The program provides an understanding of 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.

Duration: 2 years
Start: Autumn 2017
Lars Kåre Grimsby
What can you use this qualification for?
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.
What will you learn?

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, theory and practice of international development, and will learn about conditions for human development at the local and global levels, as well as the relationships between development and ecological processes.

Short description

The degree is organized as a full-time program over a 2-year period with 120 study points. All teaching is in English; basic requirements regarding English qualifications must be met. The degree consists of a series of courses including a Masters thesis. Students have the choice of a 30 or 60-point thesis. Students are encouraged to write their thesis on the basis of research carried out in ‘field’ conditions in the global North and South. The first year consists of course work covering development theory and policy, research methodology plus elective subjects. Field courses, providing valuable practical experience, are offered as electives and are usually followed by field research for the Master thesis. Students design an individual study plan during the first semester. Compulsory courses can be waived for students with a strong background in the subject. The thesis is usually written in the final spring semester.

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.

Programme structure

Showing programme structure for students starting 2017

Study year: 1

Semester: autumn

Programme variant: Elective courses
Global Food Security 10
Global Political Economy 10
Programme variant: Compulsory Courses
Social Research Methods 15 Compulsory Course
Development Theory and Policy 10 Compulsory Course
Introduction to Development Studies 5 Compulsory Course

Semester: spring

Programme variant: Elective courses
Gender and Development 5
Climate Change and Development 10
Agriculture and Development 10
Human Rights and Development 10
Programme variant: Compulsory Courses
Poverty 10 Compulsory Course
Study year: 2

Semester: spring

Programme variant: Compulsory Courses
Master's Thesis 30 Choose one Master Thesis

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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