Master International Development Studies

Are you interested in worldwide processes of development and change? Do you want to know more about how people make a living, how households deal with food security issues and how people are affected by environmental issues? Then this is the programme for you.

In the two year MSc programme of International Development Studies you learn not only to understand processes of social transformation, but also how to inegrate and share your knowledge. In addition, you learn to include the diverging views of various stakeholders, as well as how to work in multidisciplinary teams.

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Here you can find the general programme outline for the Master International Development Studies and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships.

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Within the programme of International Development Studies you follow one of the four specialisations, depending on your academic background and personal interests. You can choose from the following specialisations:

  • Sociology of Development
  • Economics of Development
  • Inclusive Innovation, Communication and Development
  • Politics and Governance of Development

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Application and admission

Find out more about the general and specific admission requirements and application procedures.

Also information on application deadlines, study costs, scholarships, and how to apply.

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Future career

Read more about your career perspective and opportunities after finishing the programme International Development Studies.

I work in a team that is assisting governments and donors sharpen their focus, increasing their use of performance information and minimizing the collection of unnecessary data.

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Student experiences

The best way to get to know a place is by getting to know the people. Students share their experiences with you about International Development Studies and student life in Wageningen.

At the UN embassy, I represented the Netherlands in workgroups, in which I had to give my opinion and discuss about how we could re-organise FAO policies.
I am very proud that I managed to set up a youth programme that engages young refugees with issues such as sexual health, gender issues, violence and peace building.

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Meet us

Visiting Wageningen University & Research is the best way to meet students and experience student life. There are several activities your can attend: you can visit an open day or be a student for a day.

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