The Master's programme in Development Studies is an interdisciplinary social science programme focusing on problems of poverty and development. The objective of the programme is to provide you with background knowledge and practical skills to understand, assess and work in development-related fields, whether in direct poverty reduction or in other aspects of social, economic and institutional development. You will acquire a critical social science approach and will conduct your own research within the context of the Master’s thesis. You will be trained in various social science methods, both qualitative and quantitative. You will also gain general skills like problem solving, working in teams, cultural understanding, writing independent reports as well as conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills.
The programme offers a wide range of alternatives for you. There are many social science courses within the Faculty of Social Science to provide you with deeper knowledge within your disciplinary background or in other fields beneficial to your research interests. You will be given the chance to take an active part in shaping your education by tailoring your studies to your interests and career goals, especially in the second half of the progamme.
There are good opportunities to go abroad and take courses at one of the many universities with which we have exchange agreements. If you wish to work in development-related fields you can also choose to do an internship. Previous students have worked, for example, at embassies spread over the world, in governmental and non-governmental development agencies within the UN and the EU and in various NGOs and in the private sector.
Courses and number of credits: Theories and Issues in Development (15 credits), Research Methods (15), Historical Aspects of Development (15), Theory of Sciences/Research Methods (15), Master’s degree thesis (30). Elective courses and/or studies abroad, and/or internship (30).
The programme provides you with both the background knowledge and the practical skills needed to work in development related fields. You will gain a critical understanding of trends and debates within development work. You will be prepared to make contributions to sustainable development in roles
such as policy makers or practitioners in government agencies, private firms and NGOs, or alternatively, for doctoral studies and a continued academic career.
Read more about this programme at www.lunduniversity.lu.se/MA-Development-Studies
Why Lund University?
Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked among the world's top 100 universities in the QS Rankings 2017/2018, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.
If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.
The University is located in Lund – a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.
Learn more at www.lunduniversity.lu.se
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Last updated November 9, 2017