Study Programme

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.

Period 1     

Development themes (7.5 EC) 

Development theories (7.5) 

Period 2

Advanced methods and techniques (10 EC) 

Elective (e.g. Migration, Mobilities and Sustainable Futures (5 EC) 

Period 3

Internship / Masters’ thesis (30 EC)

Period 4

Detailed information about courses


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­During the first half of this Master’s programme you will take two content-oriented modules, Development Themes and Development Theories. After these two courses, you will be enrolled in the courses Advanced Methods & Techniques for Development Studies and an elective course (e.g. Migration, Mobilities and Sustainable Futures).

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

Educational methods

Coursework in the first half-year of the programme combine:

  • lectures
  • seminars (presentation and discussion)
  • field visits
  • tutorials
  • student group meetings
  • computer practicals
  • independent fieldwork research abroad (13 weeks)
  • thesis writing

The overseas fieldwork research offers you the opportunity to gain a better understanding of development processes in the Global South. You will apply theoretical knowledge in a real-life situation, and will be working in collaboration with a host organisation (e.g. NGO, research institute, university or company).


Students are assessed on continuous basis. In each course, grades of a few types of assessment will be combined. A balanced combination of individual and group work is assigned across the curriculum. The different types of assessment used in the programme are:

  • written exams
  • oral exams
  • papers and essays
  • reports (e.g. policy report, computer practicals)
  • research proposal
  • Master’s thesis