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Obtaining a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Development Studies can provide graduates with the information necessary to address those problems unique to developing countries. This entails a multi-tiered approach to meeting the needs under-developed areas, which can serve students with an interest in helping the less fortunate. Many students may find themselves asking, “What is an MSc in De… Read more

Obtaining a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Development Studies can provide graduates with the information necessary to address those problems unique to developing countries. This entails a multi-tiered approach to meeting the needs under-developed areas, which can serve students with an interest in helping the less fortunate.

Many students may find themselves asking, “What is an MSc in Development Studies?” This area of study involves a broad knowledge base to ably address the many complex problems found in the developing world. Coursework can include topics such as the effects of industrialization, the role of non-governmental organizations in poverty stricken countries, and globalization’s impact on developing economies. Classes will involve theoretical analysis of popular methods of addressing the needs of less-advantaged countries, as well as real world examples of efforts to diminish inequality in such regions.

The most obvious benefit of pursuing an MSc in Development Studies is the ability to offer assistance to those suffering from the devastating effects of poverty. This allows graduates to achieve a real sense of purpose within their chosen careers, which can be an important consideration to many.

Because tuition costs can vary quite a bit, students are encouraged to contact a school directly to gain an accurate assessment of applicable fees. This will help ensure that a potential educational institution fits well within a student’s financial outlook.

There are a number of rewarding careers one can secure upon graduating with a master’s degree in development studies. Students can find positions as aid workers in areas ravaged by disease and poverty, or undertake educational duties within a collegiate setting. Governmental positions also exist, and can include roles as policy advisors and analysts. Graduates can also find employment in project management and evaluation, which can be vital for remedying ongoing issues in the developing world.

Registering for online classes is a great option for students seeking a bit of flexibility when it comes to their school schedules. This is especially true of those holding full time jobs, who may find it difficult to regularly attend classes. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Open University
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

The MSc in Global Development is an innovative, interdisciplinary and flexible course that equips you with the knowledge and skills to understand, investigate and respond to t ... +

The MSc in Global Development is an innovative, interdisciplinary and flexible course that equips you with the knowledge and skills to understand, investigate and respond to the key development issues of our times. You'll critically examine development theory, policy and practice across a range of contexts and you'll have the opportunity to explore six major issues: migration, socio-economic security, environmental sustainability, technological innovation, the global politics of development, and the politics of doing development. You’ll also deepen your understanding of the issues of most interest to you by examining them through four cross-cutting challenges: conflict, governance, justice, and transformation. This will lay the foundation for undertaking your own independent research project on a development topic of your choice. Overall, the MSc will enable you to build in-depth knowledge and understanding of key development issues, ideas and debates as well as an advanced capacity for critical and reflexive thinking, independent study and research, and collective dialogue and action. -
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University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

Are you interested in studying contemporary population issues like aging, migration, and global population growth? In the master program, Population Studies students learn the ... +

Are you interested in studying contemporary population issues like aging, migration, and global population growth? In the master program, Population Studies students learn the theories, methods, and skills required to become a versatile demographer. -
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University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

Study across themes of global political economy, trade, governance, inequality and the environment, with this truly interdisciplinary course.

Study across themes of global political economy, trade, governance, inequality and the environment, with this truly interdisciplinary course. -
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Leiden University
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The Master's program in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology focuses on the everyday practices of individuals, groups, and communities worldwide and how to situate ... +

The Master's program in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology focuses on the everyday practices of individuals, groups, and communities worldwide and how to situate them within the complex global challenges of diversity, sustainability, and digitalization. -
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Lund University
Lund, Sweden

The Master of Science in Development Studies is an interdisciplinary social science Master’s programme focusing on problems of poverty and development. The objective of the pr ... +

The Master of Science in Development Studies is an interdisciplinary social science Master’s 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. Previous students have worked, for example, at embassies across the world, in governmental and non-governmental development agencies within the UN and the EU and in various NGOs, and in the private sector. -
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University of Sussex Business School
Brighton, United Kingdom

Become a policy-oriented development economist in government, financial institutions, international organisations or university.

Become a policy-oriented development economist in government, financial institutions, international organisations or university. -
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Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands

The multidisciplinary Master's program in International Development Studies addresses current development challenges and engages with these highly important and urgent issues ... +

The multidisciplinary Master's program in International Development Studies addresses current development challenges and engages with these highly important and urgent issues from a people-centered, human perspective. In particular, the program focuses on topics surrounding migration/mobilities, climate change, land governance, urbanization, and corporate social responsibility. You will study in an international environment, with peers and staff from diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. A research-oriented internship - preferably abroad - is a core component of the program. International Development Studies takes prides in its large, expanding, and active alumni and friends network. -
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Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

The Master in Development Practice (MDP) is a world-leading and uniquely innovative program that blends science and social science to further international development. In the ... +

The Master in Development Practice (MDP) is a world-leading and uniquely innovative program that blends science and social science to further international development. In the program, students are exposed to leading-edge scientific and social science techniques and researchers in order to develop international development solutions. -
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University of Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium

This Master’s programme offers methodological and practical insights into development evaluation, its relevance and challenges.

This Master’s programme offers methodological and practical insights into development evaluation, its relevance and challenges. -
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Radboud University
Nijmegen, Netherlands

This unique Master's programme, which is at the cutting edge of social and cultural anthropology as well as development studies, also includes knowledge derived from sociology ... +

This unique Master's programme, which is at the cutting edge of social and cultural anthropology as well as development studies, also includes knowledge derived from sociology, politology, economics and geography. -
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Cranfield University
Cranfield, United Kingdom

Although much progress has been made over the last three decades, still more than one billion people lack access to a safe, reliable and affordable water supply; and more than ... +

Although much progress has been made over the last three decades, still more than one billion people lack access to a safe, reliable and affordable water supply; and more than twice that number still lack access to basic sanitation. This course provides the essential skills and knowledge required to plan and implement water supply and sanitation projects and programmes in any part of the world, particularly in low-income countries. -
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North Dakota State University - Graduate School
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The Human Development and Family Science Youth Development M.S. option requires 36 credits and is offered fully online.

The Human Development and Family Science Youth Development M.S. option requires 36 credits and is offered fully online. -
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University of Parma
Parma, Italy

International Business and Development (IBD) is the first-degree course to be taught and examined entirely in English at the University of Parma, in Italy. The university is a ... +

International Business and Development (IBD) is the first-degree course to be taught and examined entirely in English at the University of Parma, in Italy. The university is actively seeking to raise its international profile in teaching and research and for several years has played a key role in projects with developing countries. -
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Linnaeus University
Växjö, Sweden

In Peace and Development Work, you study the relationship between poverty, conflicts, and sustainable development as well as political room for maneuver for change.

In Peace and Development Work, you study the relationship between poverty, conflicts, and sustainable development as well as political room for maneuver for change. -
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University of Birmingham - College of Social Sciences
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Our MSc in International Development allows you to explore the challenges facing developing and developed countries in the fight against global poverty, as well as to understa ... +

Our MSc in International Development allows you to explore the challenges facing developing and developed countries in the fight against global poverty, as well as to understand the promise and problems of proposed approaches to poverty reduction. You will explore theories of development in a historical context from 1945 up to the present day in a single compulsory module. The theories are then applied to contemporary development approaches and issues. Throughout, the emphasis is on you developing a critical understanding of the evolution of development theories over the last half-century and its implications for present-day thinking about development. -
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