Master's International Development Studies

The master's programme International Development Studies is a two-year MSc programme. It focuses on worldwide social transformation processes related to livelihoods, agro-food networks and the environment in a dynamic international context. In the programme social, economic, political and environmental change are studied from various perspectives.

Master International Development Studies

Why this programme?

  • You focus on current themes such as disasters, migration, food security, resource conflict, and environmental policy; and you learn to work in an interdisciplinary way combining anthropology, sociology, economics, governance studies, etc.
  • You acquire useful practical skills during a four-month internship at an organisation in your second year.
  • You develop your research skills by formulating your own thesis research and carrying out your own fieldwork.

Study programme of MSc International Development Studies

On the Programme of International Development Studies page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships. You can also read more about the background of the programme. The programme is intended for students with a background in the social sciences, or in economics.


Within the master's programme you can choose one of the following specialisations to meet your personal interests.

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Application and admission

Interested in taking part in the programme of International Development Studies? Find out more about the specific Admission requirements and the application procedures.

Did you do a Bachelor’s in technical sciences, life sciences or (relevant) management sciences? Chances are high that you are not admissible to the Master’s International Development Studies (MID). However, WUR also offers the Master's Development and Rural Innovation (MDR). MID and MDR are sister programmes, designed for different target groups. MDR is specifically designed for students who haven’t done a Bachelor’s in social sciences or economics, but would like to do a social sciences Master’s with an emphasis on international development. Please check the admission criteria for both study programmes to see what applies to you.

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 the master's programme and student life in Wageningen on the page Student experiences.

I can picture myself working in challenging places in the world. I grew up with a lot of privileges in Europe and it’s crucial for me to be aware of what’s happening outside this bubble.
Student International Development Studies

Future career

Graduates of this master programme end up in a broad range of jobs, being able to work in diverse setting with people from all kinds of backgrounds. For example, you can work in a government institution, NGO, private company or university. Interested to learn more? Please browse through our Career booklet and read stories of alumni.